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New Plymouth
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): a quarter of an acre
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 42497
Region: Taranaki

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Last Updated: August 6, 2017

**BOOKED UNTIL DECEMBER. SORRY!**

Kia Ora!
Welcome!

We are a friendly family of four, with a dog and two cats, and 1 chicken, living on a quarter of an acre. Jarrod works night shift, Nikki teaches preschool Montessori and our boys are teenagers. Jarrod and Nikki met on a year exchange in Sweden and have enjoyed hosting students from around the world over the past twenty years.

This house was the first property to be built on Budleigh Street in the late 60's and was therefore allowed to sit within Shepard's Park reserve, which surrounds us on three sides. We purchased this property in the last year and are working at restoring the gardens. (Apparently, Florence, the previous owner, was a tremendous gardener but in the past ten years the garden escaped her care.) We are working at planting an organic veggie garden, and fruit trees. We would also like to develop a 'food forest' and 'tropical garden' to complete our sustainable garden design.

We are trying to recycle and reuse as much materials as possible, and use environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. Our current projects around the property are; clearing and rebuilding terracing, mulching, planting trees, removing and de-nailing fence pieces, and weeding the garden. Rainy day or winter indoor project is scraping paint from window sills to restore the beautiful native rimu timbers of the house.

Our property overlooks the public Community Orchard which leads to the scenic Huatoki Walkway, one of many beautiful walkways in New Plymouth. We are about 30min walk to the ocean and 30min drive to the mountain. We are centrally located, although sitting within the reserve it is a quiet and peaceful setting.

We are a smoke-free home. The guest room has one double bed, dresser. We have high-speed fibre internet. Linens provided, access to washing machine. Meals are provided although if you prefer to provide your own meals in exchange for less work, that is negotiable.

We are just beginning our organic journey, and would love to have helpers keen to share their talents and ideas and knowledge. (If gardening is not your thing, housework [cleaning, cooking, laundering] is also acceptable. We look forward to hearing from you!

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