Help out with our alpacas, land, house and garden at a small lifestyle block in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


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    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 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. There's heaps of little jobs that need doing around the house too and obsessive cleaners are also welcome! Then there are the animals - 20+ alpacas, 2 dogs, and a cat. 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 the girls have a busy sporting schedule but mainly we sit down as a family for meals.

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    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 a cat... :)

  • Help


    Animals: feeding alpacas, halter training alpacas (we'll show you how!), entertaining 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, odd jobs

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Wing of the house with king size bed, TV, wifi and sole use of the bathroom next door. Access to all amenities in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Huge drive so heaps of space

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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