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whangarei
All Year: yes
Area (ha): 12
Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 14502
Region: Northland

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Last Updated: September 4, 2017

One plus weeks of helpX wanted in exchange for accommodation in separate cabin and 3 meals a day, alcohol not included.

Property is a 12ha lifestyle block 20min/km south of Whangarei (15min by car to Bream Bay sandy beaches). It is 50% native bush, rest paddocks and subtropical orchards: 60% bananas plus under a top story canopy of schizolobium: cherimoyas, papayas, mango, feijoa.. . also temperate fruit.

HelpXers sought in summer from NOV-APR ONLY.

Pickup is possible there or from Auckland, but own car is best. Property features north-facing sheltered location with elevated view down to Whangarei harbour, the city and open sea/Bream Bay. In walking distance are the Waipu caves to explore, native bush reserve with creek, or just hang out on the property and relax under giant totara in a Lord of the Rings setting, abseil the 20+m sandstone cliffs. Almost weekly trip to far north with hot springs visit. German and English spoken. Accommodation is in separate 15m2 unit with Freeview Satellite TV.

Limited WiFi as on 10GB/month for entire farm so think of the next woofers, otherwise they will miss out

NOW we need helpers to: upgrade and tidy up the small venue for next northsyde event in the grotto, weeding gardens, mulching bananas, lawn mowing, in Jan building projects

You need to have your own boots as NO indoor work available, preferably able to drive a car on the farm, know how to handle a hammer or shovel. If you have ever operated a petrol weed eater, tractor or chainsaw or are keen to learn how to, all the better. ...In a nutshell: if you are after physical challenges, you will have them all here.. just kidding^^.....(as a bonus you will be rewarded with high quality yummy food). Usual two-day trial period applies and first a telephone interview re your English-speaking abilities.

ALSO:

Got good experience/qualifications in Horticulture and want to be your own boss but short on the cash and land? Then here is a

Share-Grower Opportunity

for you to manage your own Permaculture Farmlet

It has a small established niche market crop and customer base ready for you to take over.

Its small enough to start part-time but with the potential to triple cropping area and output within 2+ years.

Over and above that there is additional sheltered land and water available to develop crops based on your ideas and skills. There is also an opportunity to earn occasional extra income from an intermittent venue operation over summer if you are interested.

The property is on 12ha north facing sloping land 20km South of Whangarei
Accommodation is available on the property in a new 45 sqm 1.5 bedroom cottage.
Owner lives 50m away and is even more physically away overseas for 7 months of the year. Off-setting this you would have to look after his two cats while he was away!
What do you have to have? Experience/qualifications in horticulture. Ambition, a work ethic and willingness to develop a plan and negotiate a contract with the land owner.

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