We live in a lovely 1920's villa which we are still renovating and we have a large garden that I can't always cope with. We try to grow our own supply of vegetables as organically as possible and we have our own hens and ducks, we have an occassional dog called Billie and 1 cat. We live in a beautiful rural area on the eastern coast of the North Island and one of our "must-do's" for people staying is a trip out to our local marine volcano as well as our lovely beaches (where 10 people is way too busy!) We cook well and eat well and love sharing our piece of paradise. I am a New Zealand Maori woman, just turned 61 this year and Kate is an English woman, mid 50's.
We welcome anyone of all ages and countries to our home-stay to share our lives with us. This is not a backpackers! We would really like visitors to engage with us and share their lives too - to live WITH us and not around us.
This is how you make yourselves a cup of tea at our place: You lift up the kettle and shout through the house "anyone else for a cup of tea?".
We would like fourish hours a day concerted work - but we are not after slaves - just a willingness and enthusiasm to talk, learn and muck in!
Sorry - no smokers. And we prefer meat lovers, as we are!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
People would learn a huge amount about NZ and our cultures from us...knowledgeable, socialable, intelligent, well read and fun loving women live here!
We like to have little projects for people to do... often gardening but house renovations are always ongoing. If someone likes to cook then we would consider that part of their required work time each day and of course they would be able to choose from our own meat supplies as well as our garden. We sometimes require "house-sitters" while we go away for a few days or more - then we know our animals and gardens will get the best care.
English and German
We have one guest room (double bed) in our house with us and we share a bathroom with our workers. We would be termed a home stay place here in New Zealand. We have internet available.
Buses come through our town regularly. We have an older vehicle available for people over 25 to use (which is fully insured) and we have mountain bikes available. We prefer one or two guests at a time only.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4 to 5 hours a day maximum 25 hours a week