We live at the Waipu Caves. We are career academics (Women's Studies/Social Anthropology; Archaeology, respectively). We are priviledged to own a large farm, with two houses,one of which we are still restoring.
We’ve been off workaway for about a year, but with summer coming we are definitely looking for volunteers again. 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.
We are positioning hives on the farm in October and November, will manage them through the warmer months when bees are active, collect honey at intervals through the summer, and work to increase hive numbers.
Ours is a busy and gratifying lifestyle. We are rebuilding a beautiful farm and restoring its environmental values while raising 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, but we are also looking for those who want to stay longer and learn in more depth about cattle farming and bee keeping. We are omnivorous, like to eat well and share cooking and dine with dine with with our guests.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in 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, some fencing 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.
English and French (in peu )
Accommodation in one of three bedrooms, one king, one queen and one single. We can accept couples or singles nd like to have 3 or 4 people at a time as we find it makes for a lively environment.
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.
We are eclectic eaters, have brilliant ingredients off the land and like to dine with guests.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4hrs per day, on average