Gardens and Community Projects in the small rural township of Okaihau nestled between the beautiful Bay of Islands and the Hokianga Harbour, New Zealand


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    Paul and Jackie live in the small rural township of Okaihau nestled between the beautiful Bay of Islands and the Hokianga Harbour. Paul is a paramedic who works shift work and I (Jackie) has been a nurse for 30 years and is now trying out different types of work, teaching cooking and working in retail. We are both involved in a voluntary developing a local community park which is currently in the planting phase of this work.

    Our home is in a phase of renovation. So if you are a painter, builder or decorator we sure could do with some help. Our back yard and garden is filled with an array of plants including native plants and herbs and tea trees which we hope to develop into making herbal gifts, teas and herbal remedies.
    So our garden is an ongoing project with plenty of opportunity to help with its development, weeding, planting, landscaping.

    We have de two small friendly dogs so you need to be comfortable with animals in and around the house.
    We are non-smokers, so prefer non-smokering visitors.

    Life is busy for us so you need to be easy going and able to fit in and around our work commitments with limited need for supervision. We are normally up early so you need to be someone who can easily get up in the morning, i.e between 7 and 8 a.m. We find hosting people for a maximum of a week works best. Longer periods can be negotiated but only once we have had the opportunity to meet you and see if things work in with us at the time.

    Visitors need to have their own transportation i.e a car, as Okaihau is about 16 and 26 km from the nearest towns and there is is no direct public transport. Having your own car allows you to easily access nearby tourist townships of Kerikeri, Paihia and Rawene and the beaches of the Bay of Islands and Hokianga. Okaihau is a central point on the coast to coast cycle trail.

    It seems sometimes I have missed some emails and therefore it can appear that I am slow to reply. I will always message you once I get your email, but do try to contact us at least a week or so in advance if at all possible. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project

  • 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

    Learn about New Zealand native plants.
    Pick up some new cooking skills.
    Language development.
    Ability to experience of a bit of 'Kiwi' family living.

  • Help


    Our home is cosy and in some degree of renovation. We have plenty of gardens that always need some work.

    We are also involved in a local project developing our township's park and old railway tunnel into a spectacular iconic attraction. So work in this project maybe part of the help requested i.e. planting. If you are into art, gardening and sculpturing you maybe able to add your touch to our project.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and patchy French.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation will be within our home or in the studio room attached to the garage.
    We have single beds in these rooms, so this may not suit a couple.
    You take us as you find us, sometimes this can be a little bit of disarray, but that is where you may be of help.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Okaihau is a central point to the Coast to Coast Cycleway, so if your into cycling or walking this is a great spot.
    If you are travelling by car you can easily access surrounding tourist spots within the central Far North and Bay of Islands.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours maximum.

Host ref number: 839864778715