Learn as you help on our family farm with the cows at Wattle Bay, New Zealand


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  • Description


    We are 4th generation farmers, we love it when our 3 adult children come home with their families to spend time with us on the farm or at the beach, we are located at Wattle Bay on the Manukau Peninsula, 1.5 hours from Auckland, the farm is a beef farm, cows with their calves.
    Wattle Bay is a black sand beach with good swimming, where it is possible to fish from the beach at low tide.
    We have kayaks available for use when tide conditions are suitable.
    There is a comfortable self-contained cabin for your accommodation (with a separate bathroom) which will give you some privacy when needed, but you will share most of your meals with us.
    We both love to travel ourselves and enjoy meeting new people from other countries, learning about their culture and comparing our life experiences.
    We have a dog Chief, who loves to be fussed and a cat Bella who likes to tease the dog.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • 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 both love farming and our animals and are happy to share our farming knowledge and experiences with interested people. Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a great interest in how things work, a wealth of knowledge that he loves to share or add to.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    There is always something that needs doing on the farm.
    We realise that you may never have been on a farm or had experience with large animals, so we will work together to establish what jobs are suitable for you to work on, your safety will always be first in mind, but the jobs could include fencing, haymaking and weed control.
    Some days you will be helping with general garden maintenance, and occasionally we will get the house and windows washed, or help with gathering and storing firewood among other things.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Self-contained cabin with a separate bathroom and a small kitchen. There is a double bed and a set of bunks, a couch, television & radio. We will supply you with your breakfast needs so you can have breakfast in your cabin, lunch and dinner will be at the house with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is no public transport available so your own car is best but we are able to collect you from the nearest railway station by arrangement. There are no shops near our house, you will need to bring whatever personal items you need with you, I try to keep travel to the town to once a week.
    We are a non-smoking household and while we like to have a beer or wine on the weekends we are light drinkers.

  • 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?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 927979915574