Help out on our lifestyle block in the Hunua Ranges, New Zealand



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  • Description


    Hello, Martin and I would love you to join us on our life style block.
    We both work from home as Martin has retired (early!).

    We are located in Hunua, South Auckland.
    In good traffic, we are 40 minutes from Auckland Airport.

    We breed Highland Cattle and Suffolk Sheep on 80 acres. We also have chickens and two Labradors. NB We often have MORE than 2 Labradors, at our home, as we doggy sit other peoples Labradors.... so sometimes it's a bit dog-crazy! Lol

    Our life style block is a very scenic piece of land that has small patches of bush, pine trees, mini water falls, rolling hills and wonderful views out to the Hunua Ranges.

    It takes 15 minutes DRIVE (max) to get to the nearest town (Papakura) where there are shops and train/bus links. A shorter drive in the other direction gets you to Hunua Village or the Hunua Ranges where there are walking tracks and a magnificent water fall.

    If you want to experience OUR Life Style life but enjoy being close to civilization then this is the place for you!

    There is always some sort of "work" that needs attention on a farm. However, apart from daily feeding duties, the weather has not been great during the last year and as such sometimes it is just not possible/safe to start some farming projects (ie fencing, spraying, digging, reparing etc)

    Please note.... YES, we are a hobby beef and sheep farm so our freezers are full of meat BUT.... Catherine IS vegetarian (Martin IS NOT)
    We welcome Vegans, Vegetarians and Carnivores!

    ANOTHER NOTE.... our farming day STARTS at 7.30am (winter) and earlier in the warmer months.... so if you are not a morning person, then this might not be the farming/lifestyle that would suit you.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique/internet
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We are happy to share our knowledge/experience with you. There is so much you can learn about Highland Cattle, Sheep, Chickens and dog care!

    But just remember....where there is live stock there is also dead stock (sometimes this is a bit sad)

    This year (2023) we have eight calves. They are in the process of "calf training" ie getting them to trust humans and to wear a halter.

    Hay gets made in January - this is definitely a case of "many hands make light work"

  • Aide


    Previous Workawayers that we have hosted have done a fantastic job planting and mulching trees around our property. But there is always space to plant more!
    Planting trees/shrubs is more an Autumn/Winter job (March - August)

    Tasks that we may need help with in the warmer months (Spring/Summer - ie Sept - Feb) involve weed control and property maintenance.
    Gorse eradication is one such job. This is done by chemical spraying / cut and pasting (with a chemical) or cutting the gorse down with either a hand saw or scrub cutter.

    There is always on going stock work to do - ie drenching, castrating, docking, shearing, - this varies with the seasons.
    The Highland Cattle ALWAYS love a grooming session.

    We lamb from late July/August.
    Calving varies from year to year.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement



    For those that have been following us, I am pleased to announce that we are now living IN our new house!! (March 2021) No more shed accommodation - which is sad because it was a wonderful experience. We have so many great memories of the time we lived the 'glamping lifestyle" but now you can share our beautiful home with us.
    Down stairs we have a room "reserved" for Workawayers. It has 2 single beds (that can be made into a big bed for a couple) plus a sofa. There is toilet/shower plus a small kitchenette. And there is a small outdoor table with 2 chairs.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    As mentioned we are only 15 minutes drive from the bus and train link (PAPAKURA STATION) and I/we are happy to work in with our guests plans. We can take you to this link or take you on day trips (approx 2 hours radius from home)

    NB Hobbiton is LESS than 2 hours from us

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Dogs are fine as long as they are chicken and stock proof.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 359286745736

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