Mobile petting farm and ponies farm looking for helpers in Northland, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    About us: .We set up a mini mobile farm which we travel around the Northland district with. our goal is to allow children to experience a range of animals up close and personal. We tend to be bottle feeding something almost all year round. We specialise in attending children's functions such as Birthday parties, Christmas Parties, and family reunions , childcare centres, school galas and public events etc.
    our ponies are friendly and safe and spend a lot of time working in crowds. We can give our clients the experience of a pony and cart ride, or ride on ponies. As we didn’t want a farmyard of animals that have tummy love syndrome, eg. see children and assoicate wiht food, getting pushy and aggressive and nippy, we have a policy of “No feeding the animals by children” when we are out and about, our animlas do it because they enjoy the attention, the love, cuddles and brushing that comes with an outting. They are relaxed and contented where ever we go.

    you will get to see a lot of our beatiful country and meet many wonderful families. in our daily travels. you will have your own outside bedroom,( or room to park up a camper) and become part of the family while you are here.. please a minimum of 2 week stay needed. Monday and Tuesday will be your days to go off exploring as this is the animals rest days.

    Please no speical diet requirements! and please fairly good spoken English needed, along with your wonderful bubbly personaility. free board and small wage.

    We are Non smokers! in the main house. with a 21yr son, a 8yr son, lots of dogs, some being inside dogs. We prefer one volunteer at a time,

    if you have a campervan you are more than welcome to park it up and plug it instead of using the outside room. bathroom in main house.

    You will learn to be confident around the ponies, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, sheep as well as smaller aniamls etc etc etc.... we like people to stay a minimum of 2 weeks

    Meals are in the main house, breakfast is generally toast and spreads or ceral (make your own), Lunch is make yourself some sandwhiches, noddles, soup etc depending on time of year. Dinner is a fully cooked for you, a hot meal. everyone helps and takes a turn with doing dishes.

    welcome to use the washing machine.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    You get to experience the lifestyle of country living away from town, Teach us about your country and your customs, and learn about us. Become part off our kiwi family.

    You will leave here knowing a lot about animals, their health and charaterisics, having made and met many types of animals as well as the knowledge of how many children and families you have helped support to learn about empathy and respect for our living hairy/furred friends.

    You will meet many families form all walks of life, and enjoy many meaningful conversations with most of them, while having fun with their children and the animals.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    helping feed animals
    playing with the baby animals to make them friendly
    childcare if needed for our 8yr old
    general farm mainatance
    animal health and well being and mainatance
    attending bookings, with myself or my husband, being good with cash handling, supervising aniamls in petting pens or doing the pony rides.
    loading and unloading equipment
    grooming and working with the ponies

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    outside room - power in house for charging phones etc) double bed, bathroom in house short quick showers only as on tank water.
    Meals are in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    public transport is not avaliable from our place, generally it is your responsibility to organise transportation needs, on some days you can get a lift into or from town with one of us.

    Norhtland has plently to offer from the forests, lakes, beaches, to the cape and sand dunes.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    varies some days it may only be and hr or 2, others can be a full day out and about but 2 full days off weekly monday and tuesday.

Host ref number: 817483669445