Help establish an orchard in beautiful locale near Raglan, New Zealand


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    We are Chris and Claire.

    I originally came to Raglan some 10 years ago with the intent of buying a holiday home. A couple of years later I met my partner Claire who has lived in and around Raglan for 30 years. I moved to Raglan permanently in 2014 from Melbourne where I had lived for the previous many years. The following year we decided to build a new home on some land we found near Raglan. We both have families from other relationships and both our kids are grown and living in various parts of NZ and the world. In addition to the main house we have a separate guest house which is rented to a young French guy who works in Raglan.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers will benefit from a unique experience in one of the most beautiful parts of rural New Zealand. The Waikato is rich in Maori and European history and my partner can impart her knowledge to any interested visitors. In addition she has a deep knowledge and understanding of native flora and fauna and is more than willing to share that knowledge. We would also like to learn more about other countries and cultures from our visitors. We are well travelled and happy to share our experiences from around the world plus help with learning English if required. One of the son's of my partner is currently doing Workaday in Europe and is having enjoyable experiences, so it would also be nice to give back.The location is very beautiful looking out over the upper harbour on a quiet country road about 10 minutes from Raglan.

  • Help


    We've recently built a house on 2 acres near Raglan and need help clearing part of the land for our orchard. The land was farmland but hasn't been grazed for over 2 years so the job is basically removing weeds from an area of about 1000 square metres so that we can plant trees and sow orchard friendly ground cover.

    We've also planted several hundred natives and are in the process of mulching around them so might need a bit of help with that as well.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Choice between a bedroom with queen bed and bathroom in 3 bedroom house or a second bedroom with two single beds. The living area of the house is open plan with the master bedroom at the opposite end to the two other bedrooms.
    Food is also provided although guests are welcome to also cook if they wish.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Raglan is a renowned surfing area with some world famous breaks. It is also popular with kite surfers, kayakers, SUP and is also popular for tramping, mountain biking, fishing and all forms of outdoor sport.

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    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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