We live at the Waipu Caves. We are career academics (Women's Studies/Social Anthropology; Archaeology, respectively). We live on a large farm but are looking for people to help with house renovation, gardening and general handiwork.
We’ve been off workaway for about a year (thus our low reply rate). We are especially interested in those with woodworking and gardening skills, or anyone with farm or beekeeping experience. That being the case we welcome anyone who is willing to take up the challenges of new experiences.
Ours is a busy and gratifying lifestyle. We are restoring its environmental values to our lifestyle block while raising a small number of quality cattle. We enjoy sharing this adventure and the local recreation opportunities, which include caving, cycling, camping, hunting, bush walks, ocean beach swimming, surfing, and river sports, with New Zealanders and other visitors.
We normally expect workaways to stay at least two weeks. We provide accommodation in a large sunny bedroom with a king-sized bed in our home, and can take either a single person or a couple willing to share a bed. We are omnivorous, like to eat well and grow many of our own vegetables and most of our meat. We like to share cooking and dining with our guests.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Shared conversations, social and recreational experiences, and practical help leading to increased understanding and insights about life and opportunities in this part of the world, as well as the acquisition of useful practical skills.
Our garden produces all year round and is planted out weeded, etc seasonally. There is a regular cycle of stock work, and weed eradication, and the usual seasonal tasks (firewood, hay, tractor work, etc).
In beekeeping, we can always include help with hive building, management, honey extraction, and repositioning hives.
In the house, there is a lot of cooking, preserving, merriment and good conversation.
Accommodation in one king, bedroom in our home We can accept couples or singles.
We are midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands, so city attractions and tourist centres are easily accessible. Locally, there is a marvellous mix of sports and recreational things to do, including ecological and cultural-historic tourism.
The practical tasks are safe, designed to suit the skills and interests if visitors, and rewarding given the kind of long term development it is contributing to.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4hrs per day, on average