We are a family of four who run a boutique alpaca stud in the Western Bay of Plenty. We are about 30 minutes drive from Tauranga and the beautiful beaches at Mount Maunganui and Waihi Beach. Our house is high in the Kaimais nestled against the bush line, with fabulous views of the sea and easy access to bush walks. As well as the alpacas, we have two dogs and two cats.
We both work, one as an engineer and one running a copywriting business from home. We were English Language teachers in the past so happy to help anyone looking to practice their English! Our two children will also talk the hind legs off a donkey, so heaps of opportunity to pick up a Kiwi accent :)
Our days are busy, the house is "slightly" chaotic but we love having people stay and to share this beautiful part of New Zealand with our guests!
You will have a wing of the house that that has its own large bathroom. The bedroom offers a 55" TV, wifi, fridge and a king size bed.
We have slowly been renovating our property for the last ten years, and are in the midst of a concerted push to landscape the garden and do up the sheds, build some compost bins and a worm farm plus there is always weeding :) We generally find some indoor painting for really rainy days...Then there are the animals - 29 alpacas, 2 dogs, 2 cats. You may be required to feed out the alpacas, can do some halter training if you want, and playing with dogs.
There will be some cooking (or defrosting if you aren't into cooking!) on occasion as we've a few surf comps coming up involving long days when we will get home and collapse!! Also husband is having a knee replacement mid March so you may need to make him a sandwich or two!
Must be over the age of 22, have own vehicle, like big bouncy dogs. Suits couples/two friends as we have a few two-person jobs. Strictly no smoking.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Anything and everything about alpacas, farming generally, English Language, NZ flora and fauna, Bay of Plenty and what life is like with two kids, two dogs and two cats... :)
Animals: feeding alpacas, halter training alpacas (we'll show you how!), entertaining / training the dogs
Gardening: clearing, weeding, planting, laying mulch
Painting a playhouse, painting the deck
Shed: water blasting and painting the exterior.
Inside: washing the walls, painting, cleaning out cupboards (usually just if its raining)
Mid Mar - Mid Apr: maybe a bit of cooking - or at least making a sandwich (!) - for Pete as he's having a knee replacement so will be on crutches for a bit...
Wing of the house with king size bed and fridge, TV, wifi and sole use of the bathroom next door. Access to all amenities in the house.
Volunteers will require a vehicle as there is no public transport.
With a vehicle there is access to heaps of outdoor activities - surfing, bush walking, mountain biking. Mount Maunganui is 30 mins away for beach walks, cafes and shops. We are also 1hr 15 from Rotorua, 1hr 30 from Whakatane and 1hr from Hobbiton. One of the national cycle trails is also only an hour away.
We are a non-smoking house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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