Help out on our lifestyle block in the beautiful Waipu Caves Valley, New Zealand.


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    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.

    Doug, Maureen

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • 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

    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.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation in one king, bedroom in our home We can accept couples or singles.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

    4hrs per day, on average

Host ref number: 828294316677