Come and help with garden, household and animals on our farm near Oamaru, New Zealand


New Zealand

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    We have a family owned farm run by myself Carrie, my husband Gibby and our son, our daughter lives close by and also works in agriculture. We are 40 minutes from the seaside town of Oamaru.
    We breed sheep for wool and meat. Usually about 5000 sheep and 160 Angus cattle. Our livestock are free range and antibiotic free.
    We like WORKAWAYERS to help with HOUSEHOLD tasks, GARDENING, and we like showing workawayers how we care for our animals and the land. We produce as much of our own meat, vegetables and fruit as we can.
    Workawayers will learn about harvesting, cooking and perserving fruit and vegetables.
    The time of year depends on what we will be doing. We like workawayers to take part in whatever is going on on the farm.
    There are different animal husbandry jobs at different times of year that workawayers can take part in.
    Some times volunteers will just be going along assisting Gibby opening gates and maybe chasing sheep.
    I also breed small dogs and there is often puppies to cuddle and help with. Workawayers must like dogs!
    We have a large team of working sheep dogs as well. Previous overseas helpers have enjoyed watching the sheep dogs work.
    We enjoy the company and conversation with volunteers and of coarse I like them helping me catch up on the gardening and helping me with cooking.
    There are some interesting Geological attractions such as Elephant rocks, Sea creature fossils, not far from Moraki boulders, an hour and half drive to Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook, Penguin viewing in Oamaru and Alps to Ocean cycle trail close by are just a few points of interest.

    I prefer female helpers most of the time as I like the company at home when Gibby is away on the farm for long hours, and usually have workawayers stay 2-3 weeks at most.
    Summer is a busy time with vegetable garden, lawns and animals to care for. Always allot to do with sheep if you are looking for some sheep experience.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    We will show you all about a working sheep farm in New Zealand and how we care for our animals and land. We also teach about growing and harvesting food. We treat workawayer like part of the family and make them feel very welcome.

  • Help


    We like our volunteers to take part in whatever is going on on our farm. We will teach you what is required. No specific skills are needed. But you must like dogs and not mind getting your hands dirty and trying new things. I like some help with gardening and cooking

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    we have a separate sleepout as well as a room in the house, meals with the family but we DO NOT ACCOMMODATE VEGETARIANS as we raise animals to eat

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many local attractions, nice climate and I can pick up volunteers from bus stop in Oamaru if they don't have a car. It is very peaceful and quiet where we are with beautiful scenery. Oamaru is 40 minutes away with historical buildings and penguin viewing. Mt Cook is an hour and a half away. Alps to Ocean cycle trail is near by. Daily walks with the dogs is always enjoyed.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 889534653633