WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH A DRONE TO MAKE A VIDEO OF OUR PLACE FOR OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL AS REGULAR HELPERS. WE HAVE AVAILABILITY FROM MID OCTOBER.
We are husband and wife couple, Jane and Kelly. We have raised our children and seen them safely off in the world so we now run a tourist accommodation business with a difference. We are situated on the banks of the Whanganui River, surrounded by the Whanganui National Park, however the only access to our property is via boat or, the more popular option, by aerial cable car.
We are located 45km from Whanganui township with road access to the cable way via a beautiful scenic 45 min drive.
We have various accommodation options including camping, glamping and self contained cottages. We also provide catering for some guests. Our accommodation is unique in that it is all built from reclaimed materials and therefore is rustic and quirky!
We are off-grid for everything (although we do have mains electricity as a back up for our 16 solar panels) and have no cell phone access although we do have internet available.
We have large gardens and orchards and, whilst not currently certified organic, we work on organic and permaculture principles and recycle/reuse as much as possible. Please note our whole property is non-smoking.
This is a magic place, and provides an opportunity to experience unspoilt NZ at its best.
Entretien / Bricolage
Aide à la maison
In exchange for your help we offer the chance to experience life in an unspoiled part of New Zealand, the opportunity to learn about sustainable living and working in harmony with nature in a truly special place.
We are also both artists and volunteers often have the chance to learn bone carving or felting if interested.
Kelly has lived in the Taranaki/Whanganui area all his life and is keen to share the history /culture of the area and the river with those who show an interest.
We would be looking for practical and motivated people, used to rural living. You will need a mature approach and be able to take initiative to join in with all aspects of our daily lives. (We have found that couples over 25 yrs fit with our lifestyle and location best).
In the summer tasks would involve helping with gardening, fruit picking and preserving and grounds maintenance. In the winter we use the quieter months for renovation, maintenance and development projects.
Hours are negotiable and again may vary according to the time of year and project on hand.However we generally expect 5 hours per day on the days you are helping with the flexibility to take days off to explore locally.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER
*️️Due to the rural location own transport is preferred as this will also enable you to explore the local area during time off.
*️️We cannot accommodate special diets (other than vegetarian) due to distance from shops/costs/time constraints.
*️️Our whole property is non-smoking/vaping
Accommodation for volunteers will depend on the time of year and may vary from glamping to a self contained studio (occasionally it may be a tent for a night if we are very busy).
It will always be clean and tidy with good food provided.
We are situated on the edge of the Whanganui National Park so there are plenty of opportunities for walking in the area in your time off. We also have local companies who provide jet boating and canoeing which is a great way to explore the river.
A drive up our river rd takes you through a number of historic settlements worth exploring and it is only 1 hour to the Tongariro National Park (for access to skiing in winter or the Tongariro Crossing in warmer months) or, in the opposite direction, the township of Whanganui with its vibrant arts community and cafe culture.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
At least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week