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Help us develop our home and garden situated in a lovely spot on the northern reaches of Tauranga harbour, North Island New Zealand. We live in a wonderful part of NZ - come check us out.
Help in the house
We are a retired couple who have recently returned from living abroad - most recently in China. We are working hard to develop our garden and section. Travellers will enjoy a relaxed lifestyle here at the beach. They will work closely with us and of course there will be a lot of spoken English.
We live on a residential section that we are developing. Tasks could include gardening, helping to build structures in the garden and light housework. We are currently working with a landscaper to develop our courtyard and outdoor fire area. Work will include: painting wood panels ready for installing; laying concrete paving stones; assisting Mike with construction and general outdoor tasks. Workers will need to be prepared for the physical nature of the work. No particular expertise is needed - just a willingness to spend each morning working with us in the garden. Our current helpers leave November 18 and we will still have work to do. We have completed the lawn on the harbour side of the house with thanks to our helpers from UK Chile and Germany.
One bedroom with bathroom and access to kitchen and living areas. We have multiple options for helpers and guests. Our home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a second small kitchen. Helpers are welcome to use our kayaks and paddle board.
We live water-front in a small village on the northern part of Tauranga harbour. The beaches here are magical. While our home is situated on the harbour, the ocean (surf) beach just is a 15 minute walk from our house. From Athenree, day trips available include: the beaches of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui; Cathedral Cove and the lower reaches of the Coromandel peninsular; Rotorua with its thermal and cultural attractions and of course Hobbiton near Matamata.
Prior to our retirement we lived in Shanghai and before that South Korea. We have travelled extensively and enjoy meeting people of all ages from all corners of the world.
A car is essential here in order to explore the many lovely spots easily. There are no stores in the village. Nearest shopping is at Katikati and Waihi Beach, both approximately ten minutes drive.
We are very flexible about living/helping options. Helper tasks will include general gardening, section maintenance, and some light house work. Four hours of help daily with the option to do eight hours one day and take a free day to follow.
At the moment we are working on garden projects so if you are happy to work with us in the garden we would love to have you.
We are a smoke and drug free home.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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