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We live close to Ruby Bay and have a sizeable garden to weed and take care of. We are situated on one hectare in a tranquil rural setting, with abundant bird life.
We have 2 cat, 7 chickens & 7 goats.
We seek mature (which is only loosely correlated with age), hard-working people who would like to share our lifestyle while helping out around the place. We are vegetarian. The work is varied, but usually is weeding and gardening! Other tasks workers have taken on include painting, firewood gathering, splitting and stacking, construction work, brick laying, cleaning, pruning, cleaning out the chicken and/or goat house, and whatever else is going on.
Our expectation regarding amount of work is that you would get involved in whatever tasks are under way and take reasonable initiative; 5 hours per day in exchange for accommodation (queen size bed in own room) and shared meals. For us the relationship must be one of equals, not boss and workers, and to that end a sense of humour, some shared interests, and good English (since we are effectively monolingual) are essential.
In return we often take our workers for walks, swims, mountain bike rides or tramps and show them some of the local places of interest, as well as providing clean, comfortable accommodation in a lovely peaceful setting.
As we are 35km from Nelson and 15km from Motueka (where the nearest supermarkets etc are).
Minimum length of stay 1 week, after that negotiable.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We have knowledge about the local area as well as many tramping / treking / hiking areas in the Arthurs Pass and around the South Island. We also enjoy playing games (Articulate, card games etc) in the evening. And learning about other peoples cultures.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We have a small lifestyle block (mainly in garden) which we are always adapting and ensuring weeds are kept at bay, a fairly large vege garden and some fruit trees, and a chicken and goat paddock. There is always work to be done from mowing, weeding, planting, cleaning goats and chickens, processing veges and fruit in the right season etc. Lots of variety.
Double room with queen bed, comfortable, clean and warm.
What else ...
We are not on a regular bus route, so if you are hitch-hiking please do your homework as to how you will get from A to B. We prefer taking people with their own transport.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
5 hours per person per day (max 25 hours/week)
Thank you Ali & Pete! And all the very
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Thank you Ali & Pete! And all the very
We thoroughly enjoyed having them both here, not only for the huge amount of work that got
They are welcoming, friendly, generous, funny, caring and the like.. we felt at home from the very first night. We spent 10 amazing days at their little paradise: a beautiful house, a gorgeous garden, with beckie the cat, the goats and the chicken!
The work is really fair and the
The work Pete and Ali gave us over the course of the week was fun and fair; as was the amount of hours they asked us to work. They were more than happy to give us demo’s of what they
Best to you
We would highly recommend having her as a guest and worker in
Their work ethic was excellent and they were always willing to try any task including: weeding, clearing out our pond, rotary hoeing, mulching, clearing an overgrown area, mowing, wood stacking, painting, cleaning and much more. They were always