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All Year: not winter
Area (ha): 0.5
Persons: couple
Category: Other
Host ID: 6707
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: February 1, 2018

We live about 12km north of Kerikeri, in a small house with a big wild garden. A stream runs through it, and there are many birds and insects. Lots of unusual plants. Having been away from home for part of the last three summers, it's got out of control! So, we especially welcome people who are interested in plants, organic gardening, and the natural world. We have a dog and Araucana chickens, which lay blue-shelled eggs. It's too far to walk to Kerikeri, so if you don't have a vehicle, you may feel isolated. By car it's about 10 minutes to kerikeri; maybe 15 minutes to Puketi forest; 30 minutes to Matauri Bay or Opito Bay or Paihia beaches. There are also glow-worm caves, and hot pools, within about half an hour's drive

We prefer to host couples who are fit, happy, independent, and have good practical skills. Most of the work which needs doing is in the garden. There's also some painting to be done, and firewood to be split and stacked. There are lots of half-finished projects - your help will be appreciated! The work goes faster and is more enjoyable when it's done with other people.

Your accommodation is in a private cottage, a converted cowshed, (see picture #1) with a living room and kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. One queen-size bed. (This was where our daughter lived before she married.) Limited wifi available, at the main house only.

We ask our helpers to work three hours a day, plus cleaning their accommodation. In return we supply breakfast; we eat morning tea and lunch together; and you provide & cook your own dinner. Usually people arrive in the afternoon and don't do any work that day, but do a few jobs and clean the accommodation thoroughly on the day they leave.

Please inform us if you are gluten-free or dairy-free, or have any other special requirements, when you first contact us. We eat everything, though not a lot of meat.

We like to start work early (7.30-8.00) so that the work is finished before it becomes too hot, and to leave more time for your relaxation and explorations. Your stay will be about a week. Non-smoking household.

We enjoy hosting people on their journeys, as we lived aboard a small yacht for 19 years, working our way around the world. We like to feel that we are paying forward the kindnesses that we received.

A tip for travellers: don't park your car under gum (eucalyptus) trees - they can drop large branches without warning!

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