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Christchurch
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 5252
Region: Christchurch

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Last Updated: December 13, 2017

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Rural shared house/Homestay, original farmstead. We are looking for people who would like to live at our place for free, in exchange for 3 or 4 hours work per day.

We prefer people to stay two weeks minimum or longer.

Ours is a gay friendly house.


You would ALSO need to be OK with nudity (people also swim and bathe (fire-baths) nude here too (outside - all year round) - I know - it's weird, but what can you do?) ... a lot of our friends (and me) like to come out here to enjoy the sun, It's not every day in-your-face nudity, but it can happen from time to time.

Overall we have been very pleased with all our helpers so far **although we would prefer people over 25 years old**


As we have 6 bedrooms there are often a few people here.

Work or chores, .... that you could expect to choose from ..... currently include: WEEDING!! Keeping the kitchen and house tidy, cleaning (netting) & brushing the pool, bringing in firewood for the house fire and bath fires, chopping &/or gathering firewood, pruning fruit trees, and blueberry bushes on our other farm, weeding gardens, watering plants, mowing the lawn, blowing leaves away with the blower around the house and pool areas. Preparing the fire-baths - cleaning, filling the two baths and lighting the fires beneath them, helping Andrew with whatever project he has on the go at the moment. Cleaning old bricks for the barbeque.

Chopping and loading firewood is high on the list at the moment, so we would prefer someone strong! That said, we are pretty easy going and like to let you choose what you want to do from the list.

Someone who loves cooking and cleaning is also always welcome!

Latest project to kick off in the following weeks is to complete a little bottle house for use in growing seedlings. Copy and paste this into your browser: https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=plastic+bottle+green+house&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjLq4iSl5nWAhVJTLwKHbvsDuoQ7AkINA&biw=1535&bih=786



Our house is 14 km from the nearest town and 35 km from Christchurch City, over 7 km to the nearest bus stop... a car would be handy... But we can come to get you and drop you off.

We do have WiFi and around 10 MB/s download speeds and 5 upload, but it's variable:
(http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/4374608634)
There is also internet cabled to each bedroom

Cellphone reception is very poor, so please don't rely on texting to secure a place here!

Please note we only accept applications via email, through this website, thank you.

We experience hardly any earthquakes here, so not much excitement on that front.

By the way - if you're planning to travel in NZ but only have a visitor's ("Tourist") visa, then that means that you legally, can only be a "couch surfer". As far as we know you have to have a working holiday visa or work visa to be able to be a helper here in New Zealand (unlike Australia).

So if you're coming here on a visitor's visa then you can only be a "couch surfer" (you can google it) at our place and we would expect you to contribute to food costs etc, as you wouldn't be allowed to work.

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On arrival in New Zealand, you may well be asked for an address so here it is: c/o Andrew Boyd, 11 Selwyn Lake Road, RD 3, Leeston. Mobile Phone: 021997798, Home: 033291068
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PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE (OR DON'T NEED) ONWARD TICKETS ALREADY, OUT OF NEW ZEALAND, as otherwise you may be asked to purchase them (at great cost) before you board the plane here.

If you make it through all that - have a great time here anyway!

If you need, we can meet you at the airport, or at the Lincoln Bus Stop if you're already in town.

useful links:
1) http://www.transfercar.co.nz/browseall
2) http://www.standbyrelocs.com/default.aspx?c=2
3) http://www.beacons.org.nz/rent-a-beacon.htm
4) http://www.helpx.net/mem-how-to-write-emails.asp
5) http://www.aa.co.nz/insurance/car-and-vehicle-insurance/comprehensive-car-insurance/
6) http://www.ccmassurance.com/health_travel_car_insurance_non-residents_nz/car_insurance.html

PLEASE if you are going to buy/drive a car here (or anywhere) get at least third party insurance for it. Usually less than $200, but it could literally save you thousands of dollars. No one is always a perfect driver, accidents happen!
My recommendation would be third party, fire & theft.

Also note: if you are driving here, our house is invisible from the road and if you're not using a car GPS you will probably get lost. Ask for the directions page I made.


Final thought: "Work is not just about 'getting the job done as quickly as possible so I can go and do what I want to do” it’s about taking the time to do it right (so you don't have to do it again) and being able to take pride in a job well done.

"Take care with things (eg tools), treat them like your own, and you'll be less likely to break them". Not just at our place, but at anyone's place you stay *** And please put the tools back when you're finished with them! *** I can guarantee you won't find one Helpx that expects you to regularly leave tools lying where you last used them instead of putting them back where they belong!! :-p

Also if you have beautiful long hair that's great (I love it) but please don't leave it lying around on the floor, clogging up the bathroom drains and the vacuum cleaner! I'm pretty sure not many HelpX hosts would much like to see that :-/


reviews (29)
Helper: Fournié Tim Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 11, 2017
I spent almost three weeks over there and it was, for sure, my best multicult... view complete review

Helper: Lea and Eleen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 15, 2017
We stayed with Andrew and Yi-Ming for six weeks and we would do it again if w... view complete review

Helper: Cyril Meyer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 23, 2016
Staying at the chickens farm (recently changed name I heard) was an amazing e... view complete review

Helper: Rémi Nabaillès Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 25, 2015
I stayed with Andrew & Y-Ming for a month and I really loved my stay down the... view complete review

Helper: Marvin Townsend Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 1, 2015
Sorry about the late review guys! I spent about a month at Andrew's and I ha... view complete review

Helper: Paolo Confalonieri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 24, 2015
Was one of the best time I had in New Zealand, also because was at the and of... view complete review

Helper: Markus Bodamer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 16, 2015
Hi following HelpXer, I spent 2 weeks with Andrew, Yiming and their flatmate... view complete review

Helper: Felix Kerber Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 8, 2015
I stayed at Andrew and Yi-Ming's place for about two weeks and it was amazin... view complete review

Helper: Nelly and Anthony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 5, 2014
Our week on andrew's home was great ! We do some fire wood, cut the grass, we... view complete review

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Helper: Jia Bryan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 10, 2013
I have been at Andrew and YiMing's for one week, should have stayed much long... view complete review

Helper: Gregor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 31, 2013
just great; i spent 3 months in the house and it was really amazing. I got to... view complete review

Helper: Sidonie VERMONT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 6, 2013
Hi ! I stayed 2 months with Andrew and Yiming (and Nico, a french guy really... view complete review

Helper: Vienna Yang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 4, 2013
We can not express more thanks to Andrew and Yiming who hosted us twice until... view complete review

Helper: Shin-tsang LAI Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: May 20, 2013
A BIG thank you to Andrew and Yi-Ming. I got the pleasure of everything I ha... view complete review

Helper: Timo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: April 2, 2013
I was staying with Andrew and Yi-Ming for two weeks. It was my first HelpX ex... view complete review

Helper: Shih-yao Hsu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: June 17, 2012
Thanks so much for the cool experience and everything y'all did for me ! I s... view complete review

Helper: Chandle Lee Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 13, 2012
I have a wonderful time staying with Andrew and Yi-Ming for 2-week. This is ... view complete review

Helper: Florian Huebner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2012
Ten out of ten i would say if there is an possibility to give Andrew ten star... view complete review

Helper: Ruoyu Zeng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: November 6, 2011
My first host in New Zealand. It's quite awesome. It's a good place to have a... view complete review

Helper: Carrie Lam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: October 24, 2011
What a remarkable experience of my journey. Lucky enough to meet such a grou... view complete review

Helper: kiwi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: November 15, 2010
if you are looking for sweet home in NZ if you are too tire to travel,want t... view complete review

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Helper: Sian and Sue Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 11, 2010
Had a great first Help X experience with YI-Ming and Andrew! Enjoyed gardenin... view complete review

Helper: Lasse Thomsen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 1, 2010
Andrew's and Yi-Ming's place was my first experience with helpx! I staye... view complete review

Helper: Doris Lin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 8, 2010
This was the first place I stayed when I just came to NZ. Andrew drove a long... view complete review

Helper: Shu-ting Su Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: June 3, 2010
Andrew and Yi-ming are very~~nice people. I spent almost 2 weeks with them. I... view complete review

Helper: BenJamin Lindemuth Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 27, 2010
Wow!!! What a wonderful place and what Awesome People!!! I had such a gre... view complete review

Helper: Tomas Delgado Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Spain Date: February 2, 2010
I spent 2 marvelous weeks in this wonderful place :) I had the chance to h... view complete review

Helper: Chanmin Jung (Shaun) Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Korea, South Date: January 9, 2010
I've stayed around 3weeks and this place is the best place I've ever visted a... view complete review

Helper: Dan and Jen Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: December 7, 2009
Andrew and Yi-Ming, along with their housemates Leanne and Jaques, are very w... view complete review

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