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Auckland
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1 or couple
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46350
Region: Auckland

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Last Updated: March 11, 2016

We are a busy family living on a small lifestyle block (homestead) in Hunua, about 45 minutes from central Auckland. Our household includes 3 school children, 1 pre-schooler, a retired racing greyhound, 2 friendly cats, an assortment of chickens and a small flock of Suffolk sheep. We run a business from home, meaning that we are in and around the house most of the time.

Our property is rather rustic and has many projects on the go to bring it into line. Our kitchen garden is expanding as we work further towards self-sufficiency, and this is where a lot of work is needed. But a long-neglected property also means that we need help with thistle and weed control, fence repairs, scrub clearing, renovation, painting and general maintenance tasks. Helpers can also have a go at beekeeping, beer-making, wine-making, animal care (feeding, shearing, drenching, docking) as they are required. For those with more indoor interests, help with the house, kitchen, and children is always appreciated.

Guests stay with the family in the main (tiny!) house. A small cabin is provided as a bedroom and child-free space, and would suit either 1 person or a couple. Note that guests will need to like children as they are impossible to escape (I've tried).

We love good food, and take pride in providing home-grown dinners. Breakfast and lunch are provided on a help-yourself basis. Wi-Fi is available and there is cellphone coverage (but not with all providers. Vodafone & 2 degrees are fine, but Telecom is non-existent). We are happy to give rides to town when available, but you may prefer to have your own transport - we are about 15 minutes drive from the nearest shopping and public transport centres.

Hunua is a beautiful valley alongside the Hunua ranges. It is home to large areas of native bush, where guests can enjoy tramping, mountain biking, sight-seeing and camping.

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