Learn as you help with natural building and landscaping near Goat island, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    *** We have no availability now until next February ***

    Hi - We are a family - Our teenage son, one dog and one cat!- near to Goat Island, Leigh, around an hour north of Auckland. We are around 10 mins walk from Goat Island marine reserve and beach, a couple of km from the Leigh Sawmill venue and 3km from the lovely seaside village of Leigh.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    The area of New Zealand we are based in has a rich history of Maori culture. You can visit the local attractions and learn more about the local history. Close to us is also the first marine conversation park set up in New Zealand in the 1970s. You can learn more about the reserver, snorkel on the reef and visit the marine education centre to learn more about the sea life around the reserver and New Zealand. During our natural building projects you will learn more about the ways in which our ancestors built shelter and the modern methods used to re-create earth based and natural structures.

  • Help


    We have a beautiful section of pasture land and native bush which we operate on organic principles and have space for up to 2 - 3 helpers to help us on our projects.

    During the winter June - August we have a variety of projects:

    - Natural Building: Green Roof Construction / Cob / Earth Plasters
    - Landscaping: Retaining walls / Weeding / Planting / Clearing / Fence maintenance
    - Some light construction work with wood etc
    - Pathways

    We’ll make sure we mix up the activities between natural building and landscaping etc.

    We are mostly vegetarian / some fish & meat though too. No smoking please :-)

    We usually offer people a 2 week minimum stay which can be extended if we have availability.

    We provide meals / food for each day in exchange for 4-5 hours a day for 5 days a week.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accomodation is either in a comfortable sleep-out with a double and single bed. You have your own composting toilet and shower and use of a seperate kitchen etc. We also have other accomodation around the homestead when we get 3+ workawayers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have so much to see and do locally - you could spend weeks exploring the local area. Once a week we take a trip to the Matakana Cinema and Farmers Market - and another day a week we try and go for a beach day / hike through some of the amazing local regional parks and beaches. We go into the local village most days for supplies too if you need anything. You don't need your own transport - happy to collect you from our local town - Warkworth, which is an hour by bus from Auckland.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet usage of up to 1GB / day and full wifi coverage. Bandwidth differs between 20-60 down and 1-10 up.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day - 5 days a week. All food and accomodation provided

Host ref number: 952672293592

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Experience the heart of Warkworth and embrace the Maori Culture in New Zealand
Small homestead in Nukutawhiti just outside of Whangārei, New Zealand