We live on a 70 Hectare block of family owned land. At present there are only two permanent households. We live off grid and aim for low consumption and a low environmental impact lifestyle, influenced by sustainability and permaculture principles. We are still refining our house, gardening and energy systems(windmill, solar panels, solar water heating) . The property is a mix of regenerating native bush and cleared paddocks, and is very steep with beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf. It also fronts onto a small tidal beach which offers great swimming, fishing and boating. We have an 8m catamaran that we sail as often as we can. A little work on the sailboat means a day trip to the small islands nearby...well worth a bit of elbow grease! There are also a couple of kayaks and other small craft for closer to shore adventuring .
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Building, gardening, Fruit tree care, care for chickens, turkeys and two donkeys, boat maintenance. No experience required. There are many energy related projects on the long list which could be tackled according to the skill set and inventiveness of the volunteers.
There are two comfortable "sleep out" sheds, each associated with one of the two occupied houses. There is also a fully serviced small house which is used intermittently by members of the extended family that owns the land. There are also excellent opportunities for camping.
The Coromandel Peninsula is a scenic gem and a major tourist destination for both New Zealanders and overseas visitors. Our land is near the northern end and is mostly covered in a rich natural forest that has been regenerating for about sixty years. In the stream valleys are stands of much older forest. There is exuberant birdlife and a wide range of flora. We are a bit off the beaten track, but too remote to gain access to all the well known tourist attractions of the region.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4-5 enjoyable hours