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All Year: April-June
Area (ha): 600
Persons: 1-2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 58519
Region: Central North Island

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Last Updated: November 26, 2017

We've had awesome introduction to HelpX- so a huge thanks to our fabulous helpers!! We would like to keep the momentum going with good helpers, if you have some previous farm experience. There will be general farm jobs happen in you can help with and then we will start calving in late August, at which point we want a couple if really excellent helpers to help look after the baby cows (calves)...

We are looking forward to our second milking season in a brand new dairy shed as part of our family farming operation. This will begin in approximately the last week of August 2017.

We are looking for 5 hours of work per day helping to milk the cows & move them to their new paddock, feeding the calves and tending to their needs, and other farm jobs (and housekeeping on occassion). Nothing too hard, just an early start sometimes (when you are milking). You certainly don't need dairying experience, but most definitely need a good work ethic and a smiling face each morning. It would be ideal for 2 week minimum stay, so that you can settle into your role and also dive into the surrounding area to explore. Normally, we work on the 6 days on- 1 day off roster.

This gives you the chance to get "your jobs done" and get out exploring the absolutely stunning scenery in our local area. This includes Tongariro National Park (the farm is nestled up against this beautiful World Heritage Park) and Whanganui National Park (just over an hour's drive). There are countless opportunities for walking/tramping on well-maintained trails or in the back-country, skiing/boarding (July-Oct), mountain biking year-round (just outside your door), trout fishing, canoeing, jet-boating, rafting, & other outdoor pursuits... You may even get a deep sea fishing trip with the family!

You'll be warm and well-fed in a modern 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom home provided for farm staff and run as a lodge-type setting. We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner (either I can prepare or you can, at your leisure). You'll be assured a private bedroom and free wifi access for your downtime (data use within reason). In exchange, we expect you to be hard working, kind & helpful, RELIABLE, and considerate. Absolutely NO SMOKING inside or near the house and be CLEAN & TIDY at all times.

Your own transport would be helpful, as we aren't located in town (15km to two diffferent settlements- Ohakune and Raetihi). We can pickup/drop-off for bus (Ohakune) or train (National Park) and would be happy to help with other travel arrangements.

We think couples could suit this role well, or a couple of mates travelling together....Those of you who aren't afraid of getting dirty! :-)

Please send me info about where you're from and any experience you have with animals or on a farm if you're keen to come and stay for a bit. Include intended date of arrival and departure.

Our area is very much a multi-cultural place, with Kiwis, South Africans, Americans, British, Scottish, and others I'd guess.

There's also horse and pony leisure activities, as we love our Quarter horse and welsh ponies very much! We'd be delighted to go for rides together. Dogs, ducks, chickens... general farm life in a beautiful piece of New Zealand.

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