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Okains Bay
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8.5
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60257
Region: Banks Peninsula

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Last Updated: October 1, 2017

*We are currently looking for a responsible couple to look after the property and stay in the guesthouse from January 4 through 14th while we are in Stewart Island with family. This can be extended if you'd like to stay in the newly renovated caravan at the beach campground a 5 minute bike ride / 2 minute drive away, when we return. These dates include a 3 day orientation*

Guesthouse and Colonial Cottage on Picturesque Sheep Farm in Okains Bay (The Opara River Retreat)

The Guesthouse is a quiet, cosy & comfortable home set in the serenely beautiful Okains Bay. We are a 20-acre small sheep farm only a 15-20 minute walk, 15 minute SUP, 5 minute bike ride, or 2 minute drive from Okains Bay Beach - often described as the 'Best Beach on the Banks Peninsula'. We are surrounded by lush volcanic hillsides...every angle is postcard worthy. What a perfect place to get away from the hustle & bustle of civilization!

The owners, Will (31) and Reagan (31) and their two dogs Zeus (a german shepherd) and Juno (a lab/border collie puppy) live in the 1890s Colonial Cottage near the Guesthouse.

We currently have 22 ewes, 25 lambs (1 is a pet lamb called Gandalf), 9 chickens, 3 ducks, and a productive veggie garden. The main jobs will be looking after Zeus and Juno, the pet lamb and the ducks, cleaning the guesthouse as needed (during January trip you will be staying in the guesthouse so just looking after it for yourselves), daily care for the chickens and ducks, and daily checks on the flock of sheep, as well as whatever the season bring us. This may include tending the garden, planting trees, cutting firewood, landscaping around guesthouse, building a chook wagon, fencing, composting, candle making, general farm chores. There will be plenty of time for tramping, biking, swimming, SUPing, surfing, fishing ......

During spring/summer/autumn when the guesthouse is rented to guests and we are here, we have a cool, September 2017 renovated caravan stationed at the beach campground which has full kitchen and bathroom facilities that you can stay in, with 2 complimentary bikes and two paddle boards you are welcome to take out on the river and to the sea for a surf.

Please contact us by email or on HelpX, as we do not have cell phone reception at the house (but we do have internet!).

See you soon!!

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