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All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 2 or 3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 81683
Region: Bay of Plenty

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Last Updated: June 20, 2018

* July 2018 >

Planning to visit Rotorua? We live in this fabulous tourist mecca famous for its Maori cultural experiences, geothermal activity, spas, hot pools, nature parks, biking & outdoor adventures.

On offer is a private sleepout with a comfortable, firm king-size bed, a sofa bed, unlimited high-speed wifi, a basic kitchenette with a fridge, microwave & a few appliances, and a small ensuite with toilet, handbasin & shower. There is secure off-street parking inside the gate right by the sleepout plus an exterior powerpoint for vans.

**PRIORITIES NOW are for someone adept using an overlocker, someone with DIY woodworking or basic carpentry skills for some pallet projects, and an experienced painter.**

This modest cabin is available in exchange for an equally modest amount of your time housekeeping, lawn mowing, weeding, cleaning, and various repairs or maintenance... tasks that suit the weather and suit your abilities. We're flexible about start & finish times and ask 2 hours per person per night. You're welcome to do more hours on any one day to have full days entirely free for exploring.

We have a long list of improvements to restore the property to a pristine state. We also welcome your suggestions based on your talents and work experience. Unless you have skills of exceptional value - eg builder, plasterer, painter, electrician, carpenter etc - our usual maximum stay is one week.

NO MEALS PROVIDED. HelpXers are responsible for their own personal supplies & meals. Immaculately clean bedding & towels are provided and there's a lovely large supermarket just a few minutes' walk away.

The washing machine and stove in the main house are available by prior arrangement. There is minimal 'stuff' in the sleepout to maximise space but just ask if you need anything more - we'll gladly make what we have available to you.

Our suburb is Fairy Springs. As well as the supermarket, there are several takeaway food outlets and suburban bus stops on Fairy Springs Road (SH5) very close. The Skyline Luge Gondola is visible from our driveway.

If it is essential for you to share meals and spend lots of your free time with a chatty host family in an upmarket situation, this is most definitely NOT the place for you. It is ideal for wwoofers wanting an easy suburban break and self-reliant, self-catering HelpXers who value privacy and a good night's sleep.

We go out of our way to give guests privacy while still being glad to offer suggestions based on our own local knowledge. We're well-travelled internationally so know exactly how it is to be in a foreign environment.


This cabin is listed on 2 other sites and we receive multiple enquiries daily. If you do not confirm arrangements ASAP after receiving our response to your initial enquiry, our response will be out of date quickly. Many HelpXers do not reply promptly or do not reply at all - hopefully as they're out having fun! It was taking us a lot of time chasing people for confirmations and providing individual updates. We no longer do that, instead we update the 'Next Vacancies' info at the top of this listing each time a booking is made or adjusted.

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