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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 14869
Region: North Canterbury

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Last Updated: October 22, 2017

Our property is a 2 hectare lifestyle block with an extensive garden and a menagerie of animals - see website for more details.
I am an at-home Mum/Gardener and my partner, Rudi, is an air traffic controller. We have 2 children - Josie (17 years old), whose main passion is horse riding, regularly competing in dressage competitions and showing. Our 19 year old son, Nic,is studying a Financial Engineering degree at Canterbury University and is currently living on campus.
We occasionally have garden groups coming to visit and so the garden has become my place of work. As the garden is rather large, I'm needing some help with weeding, mulching, pruning and general upkeep of the property.
We are happy to provide meals and accommodation - we have a newish bedroom, with a Queen sized bed (plus can add a single) and bathroom in exchange for gardening,cooking, painting and the odd household chore (in the event of wet weather). You would help yourself to lunch and breakfast most of the time and dinner is provided. The arrangement of working hours is very flexible and our expectation is an average of 4 hours per day.
Stays of up to 5/6 days are more suitable for us than long term helpers.
We are not on a bus route so it's an advantage if you have your own transport. However, we are 5 minutes drive from the township of Rangiora and go there every day. So we're happy to pick up/drop off at the bus/train station. We are 35 minutes from the centre of Christchurch.
In winter months, if you are keen on skiing we are 1 & 1/2 hours away from Mt Hutt and Porter Heights ski fields.
In summer, feel free to spend time relaxing in our swimming and spa pool.
Free, unlimmitted, wireless internet.
We are a smoke free household.

* We're needing someone for approx 5 days gardening and general property maintenance in Nov. Would prefer someone who has had experience in this kind of work and can work unsupervised.
Happy to have a couple - there's some light weeding and household chores that I would love help with :)

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