Help around our home and outback property at the base of the Tararua Ranges, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    We live in the suburban city of Upper Hutt which is at the base of the Tararua Ranges and 30 minutes from Wellington. We have four adult children, most of whom are exploring their own way in the world. We currently have a son and a daughter living at home, but this seems to change frequently. We have a passion for travelling and love to meet, learn and share with people from other countries.

    We are interested to host and assist travelers in exchange for assistance with our home, bees and our rural property's. We are looking for mature helpers who have some Workaway or comparable references.

    If you are keen to explore some of New Zealand's bush, hills and coastlines we are in a perfect location. We are keen to have guest who are open-minded, enthusiastic, sociable, adventurous and hardworking.

    We live in a quiet street which is a short walk to Silverstream shopping village and public transport. We are renovating our house and establishing the gardens, and there is always bee work and work on the land to be done. We supplement our diet from our vegetable patch and the produce that the hunter-gatherers in our family bring home. We have a dog and a cat, Bonnie and Juno.

    We ask for 25 hours help per week - this may include going away overnight with Nigel. Nigel is a bee farmer so you may enjoy to learn and help with this if you visit us at a busy time of year.

    In return for your help we offer you a private bedroom, and a shared bathroom. All meals will be included (vegetarians welcome).
    We have WIFI access if you have your own device.
    We are within walking distance to public transport, the village centre and the river.
    We are a non-smoking household.
    We can ONLY accept Helpers who have their own travel (including medical) insurance!

    Please contact us for more information if you are interested to stay with us.
    Warm regards,
    Jacqui and Nigel

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a well traveled family who love to meet, learn and share with people from other countries. We would love our guests to enjoy exploring the bush, hills and coastline around where we live and on our outback property in the Wairarapa. We love to share a yarn at dinner and you would experience a typical kiwi family lifestyle. We are keen to have guest who are open-minded, enthusiastic, sociable, adventurous and hardworking. We can help guest with advice about travel in New Zealand and local attractions.

  • Help

    Help

    We have a wide range of work for both skilled and non-skilled helpers. We are looking for Work-Awayers who are keen to help with general maintenance, gardening, fire wood and who will be interested to learn about and help with our apiculture work (bee farming). Some of the bee work can require heavy lifting and basic carpentry.

    Some indoor and outdoor cleaning and housework may be required. Mechanical, IT and sewing skills could also be utilized!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer a private bedroom in the house. The cooking will be shared by everyone and I would welcome some food culture exchange! Vegetarians are welcome.
    We have WIFI access if you have your own device.
    We are a non-smoking household.
    We are within walking distance to public transport, the village centre and the river.
    We can ONLY accept Helpers who have their own travel (including medical) insurance!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Upper Hutt is a lovely valley at the base of the Tararua Ranges and a 30 minute train ride to central Wellington. If you are visiting NZ for the great out doors the Tararua's supply endless tramping tracks dotted with multiple huts if you want an overnight adventure. Belmont and Kaitoke Regional Parks are great resources for camping, bush walking, mountain biking, gorge wading, and river swimming (in the summer) and are both easily accessible. You can take a tour of the local regional park that provided locations for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wellington is our nation's capital, which is a truly beautiful city and good for art, entertainment and coastline if your into fishing or diving. Wellington is the home of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

    If you have your own transport the close by Wairarapa is the source of many more adventures and places to discover - Cape Palliser Seal Colony, Castlepoint, Mt Holdsworth Forest Park, Patuna Chasm, Blue Rock Glow Worm Caves and Lake Ferry. For wine lovers there is the Martinborough Wine Tours. 

    We are in an ideal location if you are coming from or travelling to the South Island on the Picton/Cook Strait Ferry.
    The weather like all of New Zealand is unpredictable and so you would need to have clothes for all weathers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Ocean beach - Wairarapa
Bonnie and I looking for deer
Our hut in the Wairarapa
India - six years ago.
Belmont Regional Park




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