Family run permaculture farm just 45 minutes South of Auckland, NZ



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    The three of us, Nigel, Merrin and Judy run a small family farm 45 minutes south of Auckland city. The farm takes its name from the Waitangi stream that runs along our Southern boundary. Designed around a permaculture ethos, we run beef cattle & pigs in addition to mixed fruit and nut orchards. We have a remnant block of native lowland forest which we are continuing to expand & restore. We also have a horse, a dog, a cat & a bunch of chickens.
    Please note we're only able to host couples. Unfortunately, due to the lack of public transport, having your own vehicle is a must. We can cater to vegetarians/vegans, but due to the nature of our farm, omnivorous guests will feel more at home.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    You will experience rural life in New Zealand with the opportunity to learn about New Zealand’s unique native vegetation and ecosystems from our very own resident ecologist - Merrin has her doctorate and works as an ecological consultant to the rural sector.

  • Help


    There are a range of jobs to be done on the farm, from feeding the animals to fruit picking, weed grubbing, tree pruning and small carpentry projects. We're in planting season over winter, to regenerate areas into native bush. Spring and summer there's work clearing around the young native trees & autumn is harvest time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Self-contained 40sqm studio cottage complete with kitchen, fridge, bathroom, washing machine, fireplace, wi-fi, TV & Bluetooth stereo. Food will be provided for your own preparation (from the farm where possible) with the opportunity to join us for shared meals during your stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our location is a rural setting conveniently located 5 minutes from Waiuku township and 45 minutes from Auckland. In addition, we’re 15 minutes from the stunning West Coast beach of Karioitahi, at the gateway to the Awhitu Peninsula and only 3km from the lovely Waitangi Falls. The Glenbrook Vintage Railway runs down our eastern boundary and you can often see the steam train chuffing its way past with a compliment of tourists. During harvest season we press our own cider and there’s always the company of friendly pigs who enjoy a good scratch.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have uncapped broadband, but only 10mb/s ADSL

  • 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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 812725531565

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