Volunteer at our place situated on the waters edge of the Kenepuru Sound in the stunning Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our place is situated on the waters edge of the Kenepuru Sound in the stunning Marlborough Sounds which is at the top end of the South Island. We provide accommodation for 26 people in a collection of cottages. Our activities include kayaking, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, SUP boards, and fishing. We require people to help us with looking after the place, cleaning, gardening and helping guests. We will provide you with twin room or double room accommodation, you do your own cooking in the wonderful modern guest kitchen and we invite you to have meals with us when we have time. Some basic groceries are provided such as flour, eggs, sugar, tea, coffee, rice, oil, bread, herbs and spices. You can also use of all our guest facilities - wifi, laundry, kayaks, fishing gear and boats, bikes, spa etc.
    We have been rated the best backpackers in NZ for the last seventeen years and it is a very friendly and relaxed place to be. You will love our guests from all over the world including many New Zealanders and we get all ages, including families staying here. We can teach you about our amazing natural environment and how to enjoy it. We love to cook and are happy to share all our recipes. Join in with our regular mussel cook ups and I will make bread for you.
    Our place is quite remote, you can drive here, otherwise we can pick you up by boat from Picton or Havelock. We prefer that you can stay for at least two weeks or longer, you could even stay for the whole of summer!
    We would love to hear from you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Bricolage et construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique/internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are happy to help you with your English. You will learn NZ recipes and what is NZ cuisine. We can teach you how to fish and kayak and use paddle boards. You can learn about NZ native plants and we have a small vegetable garden. You can learn about how to look after chickens if you like. We can show you how to collect and prepare shellfish and we can teach you about mussel farming too. And you can see what it is like to run an accommodation business.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We need help with looking after the facilities/property and guests. Learn new skills. General cleaning/housekeeping, firewood, gardening, maintenance, painting, taking care of the chickens and helping out our guests. Really - whatever you are good at!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Finnish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Twin or double room with shared bathroom facilities. Full use of all guest facilities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Marlborough Sounds is one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand. Staying with us will give you the opportunity to learn how to kayak and fish. There are some amazing hikes around here too. You can learn about New Zealand flora and fauna, we have large gardens and are surrounded by native bush and forest.
    There is plenty of wild shellfish growing on our beaches, so if you like oysters, mussels and cockles you will be spoilt and we can help you with recipes. We are happy to help you with your English if necessary and perhaps you can help us with French or Spanish or Finnish!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 -4 hours a day, 6 days a week (max 20 hours a week)

Host ref number: 1537797784aa

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