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Christchurch
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 6698
Region: Christchurch

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Last Updated: January 1, 2018

ENJOY THE SUMMER IN THE PEACEFUL COUNTRYSIDE BUT ONLY 15 MINUTES DRIVE FROM CHRISTCHURCH CITY (plus we have a swimming pool!)

We offer private, self-contained, self-catering two-bedroom cottage (one double and two singles), including separate bathroom and large living room, on a beautiful and quiet 5 acre section at the foot of Christchurch's Port Hills. We are developing a large and extensive garden with organic veg patch, orchards and the beginnings of woodland areas. We are just 20 minutes from the city centre (you can get a bus to Halswell and we can pick you up from there). Great cafes, wineries, pub and local shops within walking distance. We love meeting new people and hearing about adventures and in return you can find out what it's really like to live in rural New Zealand. There are mature trees all around, huge numbers of native birds and absolutely no traffic - bliss (plus a swimming pool which is nice at the end of a hot day).

You are welcome to chill out here in exchange for 4 hours work a day , or one day of 8hrs on and the next day off (we give you an evening meal but you will need to bring your own food for breakfast/lunch etc). Work will probably involve helping us shape our evolving garden and vegetable area, mowing (on a small orchard tractor), maintenance jobs around the property such as jet washing, painting, weeding, weedwacking, cleaning and whatever else needs doing. We also have a luxury B&B on site which is in the old barns we have recently converted. If you have any good experience with things like chainsaws that's a bonus! You can have free use of our laundry and internet facilities and we are happy to give lifts to city/nearest bus stops if required. Ideally we are looking for strong young men or couples. The cottage had a fridge for you to keep supplies in. Also, please note, there is no TV in the house (you won't be missing much anyway, all the action's in the environment!)

We look forward to welcoming you to our home.

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