2020 has certainly been an interesting year to date! The spring has arrived and everything is growing, including the weeds!
There are just the two of us and our two dogs living on our lifestyle property (10 acres) in Bombay about 45 minutes from Downtown Auckland (by car). We are 5 minutes from the Southern Motorway, so easy access to head south or to Coromandel.
The Bombay Hills are the bridge between Auckland and Waikato, we are on the Auckland side.
Your own transport would be handy, but we can drop you to the train station which is about 10 minutes away in Pukekohe.
We run our businesses from home as well as working on the farm. At the moment we have ten cattle (eighteen months old) and with the spring/summer season upon us, there is a lot to do to ensure the 'boys' are kept happy. There is always plenty to do and we have a few projects that we would like to get completed over the summer months.
It isn't all work though, we also make sure there is time to relax, and soak up the peace and tranquility that a rural property has to offer.
We are a non-smoking house, so no smokers please.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Enjoy great kiwi hospitality while experiencing the kiwi lifestyle. We have traveled extensively in New Zealand so have a good knowledge of the country. We love pulling out the maps of NZ and pointing out our favourite places and helping you plan your trip if you would like us to.
In our spare time we love to head out and explore some of the amazing walking and cycling tracks that are close to home.
We have friends and family in different regions of the North Island who we visit and we are sure would love to have you visit so they can showcase their little piece of paradise.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There is always plenty to do on a large property, general maintenance includes things like: weeding, moving lawns, planting, digging, watering, using weed eater, spraying weeds pruning, fertilizing (we use organic), etc.
Helping out with daily household tasks, such as preparing meals/cooking, doing dishes after meals, tidying, cleaning, hanging up washing and all the other day to day things that go on in a home are also what we would like your help with.
We have a number of summer projects which include building a raised vegetable garden, staining (like painting but easier) fences and the house, finish clearing the storm debris from our creek, we keep getting more rain which brings more debris! (we have a tractor to help with this project), repairing the stock yards, tree planting for shelter for the cattle and we also need to plant areas that have slipped during the heavy rains over winter.
To mix in well with us we think you are a couple who are outgoing, love animals and who enjoys the outdoors. You need to be self motivated and able to work without too much supervision once we show you what needs to be done. You get on with things and get them done!
We will enjoy getting to know you and we want you to have a great experience staying with us, meeting our friends and family and learning skills from each other.
If this sounds like what you, we'd love to hear from you!
We have a large house for just the two of us. Your room is big, there is a queen bed, desk and your own bathroom (not ensuite). You can close off your part of the house and have complete privacy, when you want it.
We have two living rooms, one of them is a real suntrap in the summer and has a window seat which is a lovely spot to curl up with a book. There is also a piano in that room should that be one of your skills.
We are foodies, and we love to cook. We make our own bread, muesli, ice cream and there is always home baking in the pantry. If you want to share your culinary skills with us we would love that. If you are a complete amateur we are happy to teach you.
Breakfast and lunch would be self service, dinner we would share together. We cook on the BBQ and eat outside as much as often as we can, we also enjoy a glass of NZ wine with dinner some nights.
Unfortunately there are no buses that will bring you directly to us.
If you don't have transport we do go into Pukekohe most days so we can drop you (and pick you up) at the train station where you can catch the train into Auckland city (1 1/4hrs), from there you can go any direction you want to.
There is plenty to explore in the Auckland region, beaches, bushwalks, mountain biking, museums, cafes etc etc.
If you want to go further afield (Rotorua for example) most bus companies stop at Bombay so we can drop you there.
If you have any particular interests just let us know and we can do our best to help you out.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We both work from home, and are have hosted workaway's who also needed internet access to work remotely during their stay with us, it wasn't a problem at all, our internet is stable and reliable.
We have flat paved parking that is large enough for a van or campervan. We have a caravan ourselves so have the correct powerleads if needed.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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