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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3.3 8.15 acres
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 79776
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: March 15, 2018

WAIMATE NORTH is in the popular Bay of Islands region, near KERIKERI and PAIHIA

(There is a note at the end of this description, written March 2018 )

We have 3.3 landscaped hectares with two olive groves of 150 trees and four large ponds with waterlillies in flower and ducks and swamp birds.
Lots of birds and rabbits(all accepted and welcome) Two beautiful white swans and a goose called Eric.

An orchard of twenty trees includes avocados of four varieties on rich volcanic soil.

Area of mown lawns/groves is 2.2 hectares mown weekly by Graham. All very neat and peaceful. 200m of handmade rock walls. 200 metres of gravelled driveway and 200 metres of concrete driveway. Two electric self-opening gates. One lovely dog called Gemma.

A large modern two story four bedroom house.

PLUS a new self contained, fully equipped UNIT for use of helpers/guests. (In New Zealand a UNIT is also called a FLAT or a small apartment.) This 36 sm UNIT is fully independent and is equipped for comfort: the kitchen is brand new with electric cooktop and microwave oven. Fridge in unit, freezer space available.

There is a queen sofa bed in this UNIT plus a king single bed in a separate room within the UNIT. Hot shower. WC. Easy car parking alongside UNIT.

Please help Graham prune trees with pole chainsaw and tidy up. Odd jobs about the property as Graham broke his back and can only work from his quad bike or electric farm vehicle. Help with a small, rich vegetable garden. Noelle might like some help with housekeeping (eg clean windows with a window vacuum)and also with small gardening tasks in her gardens near the house. No more than about three hours a day (approximately)

Ask to stay EXTRA DAYS FREE, we will enjoy seeing you enjoy your visit.

HELPERS/GUESTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT AND FOOD : the all-electric kitchen has every facility.

Tea and coffee and basic seasonings supplied. Bedding and towels supplied. Share laundry available, top loading.

This is an excellent handy location for day trips to the North (Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach,Cape Reinga): West (Hokianga Harbour and giant Kauri tree): East to Paihia, (boat trips, islands and historic Russell.)For trips to Cape Reinga and for trips to Russell our guests take the day off and this gives them lots of time for exploring. We like to see them making the most of their stay and enjoy hearing about their adventures.

We are 16kms to Kerikeri CBD (main shopping village) : 10 kms to Kerikeri Airport: 18km to Paihia (beach and ferries)

Graham is a retired Bay of Islands cruise boat skipper (captain) , Noelle is a retired receptionist and Hydrographic Office cartographer.

All our guests are NON-SMOKERS

Noelle and Graham are sixth generation New Zealanders. Graham writes and publishes non-fiction books.

Additional note on 31 January, 2018 : we have some small gardening projects (mostly pruning small shrubs) which would suit someone who likes gardens. You would work with Noelle who will explain what she would like done. Graham also has a few jobs needing help, most of his projects have been completed by other willing helpers but there is some finishing work which needs attention. The summer weather is particularly suited to outside work with days off in between to go exploring our Northland attractions. This is an excellent starting point for all Northland's best sights and a nice apartment to come home to at day's end ....for Helpxers who have a car.

We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate some help when it is offered.

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