Help out on large villa and organic garden in Christchurch city, Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • Last activity: 27/01/2023




  • Description


    Hi there and welcome to New Zealand.
    I'd love a fun, motivated and easy-going couple to come help me.
    We'll be working in the garden, doing weeding etc, and we'll probably work on another house I have; doing the gardens and some general maintenance there.
    A beautiful, beautiful organic garden, fresh veges, world renowned salads and a beautiful place as a base to explore ChCh as part of the exchange. Please read through my listing and email me if you're interested. Thanks

    I am a 60 year old woman and I have a peaceful little farmyard paradise in the middle of the city of Christchurch, with large organic vegetable gardens, fruit trees (peaches, pear, feijoa, plum) and a large walnut tree. Most people say being here is like being in the country. I enjoy life; I like movies, music, theater, walking, reading, playing board and card games, spinning and knitting. I've also written a book on sustainability.
    My two adult kids are in ChCh and are regular visitors, so you'll probably meet them while you're here. I have a 10 year old dog called Pete who I rehomed in March 2022; he's a lovely boy, a bit wary and shy sometimes, but then very friendly. My daughter's 2 dogs Albi and Remus, and my son's puppy Lola are also regular visitors.

    I ask my volunteers to work 5 hours a day for 5 days with 2 days off, and prefer to host couples. I work until Thursday late afternoon in my home office, so if you're able to arrive on the Thursday after 4pm, that's best as it means we can work together over the next 4 days. If you need transport to our house, I will pick you up from the Central Bus Exchange, between Lichfield/Tuam sts, Central city.
    I like to feed our helpers well. I'm mostly vegetarian (occasionally I eat fish), and I don't like to cook meat in the house, so you'll need to be OK with vegetarian food too.
    I encourage you to cook and to share your specialty dishes with us.
    You'll share food preparation and clean up as part of living together, outside of your Workaway tasks. You have your own lovely room with a comfy bed.

    I'm 10 minutes drive/scooter or 30 minutes walk from the inner city of Christchurch, 10-15 minutes drive from the beach and 10 minutes from The Tannery- a great place for live music with good beer and pizza.

    Please no users. I have you here because I need the help with the work- be prepared to pitch in, work hard and to help out. Our family have hosted people since 2004 and I've been a helper overseas, so know what makes a good helper experience! See the feedback.

    Non smokers and no drug use please. Good conversational English is required.

    PLEASE EMAIL ME re a possible stay rather than phone-call or texting. I will answer all emails, even if I can't have you. I don't take on people who call or text, as they usually haven't read this far!


    We offer hosting because we have work to complete and we need the help. When people let us down at the last minute it is hugely inconvenient for us.

    I will commit to having you here, buy extra food and will turn away others who request time with us so that you can be here. Please respect this by turning up, and on the day we arranged.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have traveled a lot; both within NZ and around the world. We know places to go in ChCh and in NZ with which we can help you.
    We have a big garden here and live close to the earth and sea, but within the city.

  • Help


    Duties vary according to the time of the year and may include gardening, weeding, stacking wood, trimming and pruning shrubs and trees, picking and preserving fruit and vegetables, painting and maintenance/repairs for the house, renovation projects and housework.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a lovely room very close to the house, snuggled within the garden. Your own bathroom (not an ensuite).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we're happy to help you with travel suggestions. Our family have all traveled extensively- both within NZ and overseas

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    usually 5 hours per day/5 days a week

Host ref number: 934448647965

Feedback (10)



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Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (4.9)

Communication: (4.9)

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