Helping with gardening in the Ruby Bay area of Nelson, New Zealand

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  • Last activity: 22/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    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 opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Double room with queen bed, comfortable, clean and warm.

  • What else ...

    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

    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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per person per day (max 25 hours/week)

Host ref number: 839965852228

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