UPDATE May 24 2022 (we have helper guests every month of the year including through all lockdowns and have done for four years)
We are located in rural Bay of Islands in "the winterless north."
We have availability. We invite inquiries for the last days of May and all of June and beyond. Our self contained apartment suits a couple, a young man or two young men.
Also, we are interested in considering longer term guests. We offer a warm home and an easy life for the cooler months
We have a modern, self contained, all electric and well insulated 40 sm flat for our guests/helpers.
We live a quiet, very peaceful rural lifestyle with olive groves, ponds and white swans and surrounded by nature.
Unlimited broadband VDSL wifi ended in April when we changed plans to a lower GB per month with options to extend it. Excellent reception via wireless transmission.
WAIMATE NORTH is in the popular Bay of Islands region, near KERIKERI and PAIHIA (pronounced Pie Here)
Our 3.3 hectares of landscaped "estate" has two olive groves of 138 trees and four large ponds with water lilies and ducks and swamp birds.
There are lots of birds and rabbits, two beautiful white swans and a goose called Eric. Nature surrounds us.
We often raise orphaned small birds. We have a pet magpie called Maisie who flies free all day long but shares meals with us.
Our orchard of thirty trees includes 10 avocados of four varieties plus fruiting bananas on rich, volcanic soil.
Area of lawns and olive groves is 2.2 hectares mown weekly by Graham. Helpers are never asked to use the powerful, diesel mower.
We have developed from farmland a very neat and peaceful corner of rural New Zealand: 200m of handmade rock walls. 200 metres of graveled driveway and 200 metres of concrete driveway. Thousands of trees. Two olive groves.
We have a large, modern, two-story four-bedroom, four bathroom house.
YOUR GUEST ACCOMMODATION is a modern, self contained, fully equipped UNIT for the use of helpers/guests. (In New Zealand a UNIT is also called a FLAT or a small apartment.)
This 40 square meter UNIT is fully independent and is equipped for comfort: the kitchen is modern with an electric cook top and microwave oven and a fridge. Freezer space is available to share.
A bedroom within the unit has two new, very comfortable king single beds. Hot shower. Bathroom. Easy car parking alongside the door of the UNIT.
Note ... this unit is very clean, very tidy and very neat (like Noelle)
Please help Graham prune and chip trees and tidy up. Plus odd jobs about the property as Graham broke his back and can only work from his quad bike or electric farm vehicle. Help with a small, rich vegetable garden. Noelle might like some help with housekeeping (eg clean windows with a window vacuum) and also with small gardening tasks in her gardens near the house. Maisie the magpie will help too.
We ask for no more than about three hours a day. Five days per week. This is much less than the standard five hours per day. We are happy with that and it gives guests longer days to go exploring the walking tracks, small villages and beaches in this lovely district.
Ask to stay EXTRA DAYS FREE, we will enjoy seeing you enjoy your visit.
IMPORTANT NOTE .... HELPERS/GUESTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT AND FOOD : the hours of help requested has been reduced to acknowledge this.
The all-electric kitchen has every facility. Yes, Graham sometimes cooks and we all can share a meal together, often alfresco surrounded by gardens and flowers (see note below)
Tea and coffee and milk and basic seasonings are supplied, enough to get you started. Bedding and towels are supplied. Share laundry is available, top loading machine.
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU ARE STAYING WITH US ;
We are an excellent handy location for day trips to the North (Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga): to the West (Hokianga Harbour, scenic isolated beaches and giant Kauri trees): East to Paihia, (boat trips, islands, walking tracks and historic Russell.)
For trips to Cape Reinga and to the Hokianga and for trips to Russell our guests take the whole day off and this gives them lots of time for exploring. We like to see them making the most of their stay and enjoy hearing about their adventures when they return. You can even leave to go north for a few days or a week camping and hiking and return to your unit to continue your stay. We are very relaxed and happy to fit in with your wishes.
We are 16kms to Kerikeri CBD (main shopping village) : 10km to Kerikeri Airport: 18km to Paihia (beach, ferries and maritime center)
Graham is a retired Bay of Islands cruise boat skipper (captain) , Noelle is a retired receptionist and NZ Navy Hydrographic Office cartographer.
All our guests are NON-SMOKERS; all have their own transport; they have a valid vaccine pass and/or evidence of full covid vaccinations. They all provide their own food and cook their meals. All our guests prefer this; it explains our reduced hours (five hours reduced to three hours) Sometimes we get together for a shared meal cooked by Graham. Sometimes a guest will cook in our own kitchen for all of us. We like that! If you enjoy cooking, why not include that as your contribution to a short working day ? Graham will supply all the ingredients.
Noelle and Graham are sixth generation New Zealanders. Graham writes and publishes non-fiction books. Check his website - Google search "Voyage of the Golden Lotus."
We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate cultural exchanges and companionship and some help when it is offered. Since October 2017, 70 visitors from seventeen countries have stayed with us, many for five weeks, some for eight weeks and some for up to three return visits. We really do like meeting new people !
Also, Graham says "if you are a pianist you are welcome to play my Atlas piano which has recently been tuned : it is fantastic!"
Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
Ajuda a cuidar da casa
Ajuda com computadores/internet
The practice of English language is No 1 on the list. But our lifestyle is one of living in a beautiful rural area where peace and tranquillity reign supreme. This really is a lovely place and the house and the helpers' unit are modern and comfortable. The unit (also called a 'flat' or 'small apartment') is suited to one person or two. Noelle and Graham do not smoke and nor do our guests.
We have two olive groves of 140 trees which need occasional pruning of branches. We have four landscaped large ponds which need to be kept neat and tidy for our two white swans and ducks and other birds. We have 400m of driveway and sometimes the edges need to be trimmed with a small machine. A small vegetable garden and an orchard are close to the house. There is sometimes work to do there. Graham mows his 2.2 hectares of lawns every week, using a big machine which he will not ask helpers to use. But he cannot use a weed eater (line trimmer) or a polesaw chainsaw because he broke his back and is now not strong enough. Safety helmet is provided.
Noelle would like the windows in the house cleaned from time to time ( about every 3 months) using a K'Archer electric window vacuum. Some help with housekeeping might be nice. Some guests like to cook a shared meal in our big, all electric kitchen and that has been a lot of fun but it is not expected of guests. If you do like cooking we would like that very much and it would be part or all of your helping hours.
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As described : a modern unit, all electric kitchen with cooktop and microwave, fridge. Share our laundry and our freezer space if needed, you are welcome. But note that you will cook your own meals. In return we ask for only 3 hours help per day (not 5) and on some days, no work at all if you wish to go exploring Northland for the day. We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate some help when it is offered. We are happy for you to take extra whole days off free of obligation to go camping or hiking.
Want to stay over the winter months and work from home? Why not? But in this case, please include 'some meal preparation in our own kitchen because this is what happened in the winter of 2020 and it was GREAT! We had a WW guest stay for three months. The house was warmed by an everlasting wood fire right through the cold months because we grow our own firewood and have a big reserve supply in dry storage.
As described in our "description" we are an excellent base for exploring Northland and a delightful home to return to at the end of the day. Even if you go north for a few days camping, you can return home to us and tell us all about your trip! We will keep your unit available and secure and you can continue your stay.
Acesso à internet
Acesso à internet limitado
Pode hospedar famílias
Lots of room for parking on a large concrete apron which surrounds the east and south sides of the house. Level parking. But unable to supply electricity to campervans because we do not have the correct power points. A standard extension lead could be provided for charging devices.
Maximum approximately 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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