Volunteer with a Young Bethells Beach Family in New Zealand


New Zealand

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    We are two families living on a 10-acre property. Pip and Miles live in the main house with their two daughters and I live with my son in a little cottage. I work from a studio in the city and love living in our paradise only 30 mins from town. I'm Kiwi born with an Italian mother. I speak basic German (my son is half German) however I don't speak Italian, I love the Italian culture. Pip is a maori tatoist and Miles works on our land.

    Our friend Victor is one of a group of friends who own the land, he is a film lecturer at Unitec. We are social and value family, and our land ;o)
    We are set in the Bethells Valley amongest the Watakere Ranges Auckland, New Zealand. A small certified organic farm on 10 acres of vegetable gardens, fruit trees, farmed and native bush land. There are three houses on our land, one of which is free for the workaway guests to stay in.
    The land is owned by a group of friends, of which only two lives on it. We love the community and have good connections with people and the resources at Bethells.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are artistic famiies with great connections to the land and community. I am a media artist so going to an exhibition or music gig is something I like to do. Victor and Pip are of Maori descent and have strong cultural values, so you will learn about the contemporary Maori way if you feel like it. Miles has great knowledge of animals and gardening so we can teach you the way of the land in exchange for getting your hands in the earth.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Well maintained, we need help with lawn moving, weed eating, gardening, and small domestic tasks like repair work, cleaning and painting. We will provide separate accommodation and rooms for sleeping, and food for two meals a day, no meat. Feel free to help yourself from the garden too. We are not vegetarian and are happy if you would like to buy your own meat. We try to limit our plastic usage, we grow and buy fresh produce. NB: we don't need baby sitting help, and can only accommodate one person if we have other work awayers here :)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a lovely 2 bedroom beach house. With surround deck. Clean and tidy, cosy and sunny. There are four separate rooms available for our workaway guests.

    The three bedroom house has a sunny surround deck with a bbq, it over looks the Bethells Valley. Fully equip kitchen, TV, DVD. Each room is equip with a bed or mattress. We even have a pizza oven. There is no wifi at the 3 bedroom house, only at Serena's small cottage, which you can use, it is limited to checking messages, emails, skype calls etc, but not for streaming movies. There is no cell phone reception at Bethells.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Set in the Waitakere Ranges, only 5 minutes drive from the Bethells Beach and lake. and 30 Minutes from the inner Auckland City. The Swanson train station is 10 minute drive, if you don't have transport we can pick you up and drop you off at the station.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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