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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 100
Persons: 1or2 (1x queen bed)
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13185
Region: Southland

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Last Updated: August 29, 2018

Hi guys,

We are a farming family with 4 young children living 15 mins from Invercargill city. We welcome people to come on a CULTURAL EXCHANGE for 3 nights to enrich our lives.

While we don't do a help exchange as such, as a guest of our family, you can expect to share in our everyday farm and family life :)

Your own transport is useful if you want to go and explore, and because of our young ones, we would prefer non-smoking people please.

We have a hut ("The Nest"), just next to our home, which you are welcome to stay in. It is small, but tidy and new, with good insulation and good heating. The Nest doesn't have toilet or shower facilities (they're in the house and not available during the night). It has 1 queen-sized bed and comes with its own chamber pot to pee in (or series of outside bushes.)

If this all sounds okay to you please feel free to get in touch. Please don't be offended if we don't get back to you right away. We try to answer everyone but every now and then the days get the better of us.

Just before I wrap this up, here's something that we wish visitors knew...
In New Zealand we DO NOT let our children share drinks with others. In our country, we cannot immunise adequately against meningococcal meningitis infection. Meningoccocal meningitis is a medical emergency, that kills Kiwi kids. Please don't share drinks with us x

One other thing we might be too embarrassed to mention - if you are being accommodated in a rural area or on a farm please DON'T put any tampons etc down the toilets! We don't have public sewerage systems in these areas, and these items block our septic tanks which are very expensive to get cleaned out! Thank you

On a lighter note...

Our best free advice for your trip down south:


Cheapest lunches in town, $3! (During University semesters only):

Incredible off-the-beaten-track beaches - (not accessible during Springtime lambing): Tunnel Beach & Sandfly Bay


Don't miss going to the Caitlins. It is an incredible area near Invercargill, that often gets overlooked by visitors. It is more than a day trip. There are lots of gravel roads, so plan a relaxed trip, don't rush. Check out the "Gypsy Caravan" - amazing!!


Book accommodation early if you can! Don't get caught out; Queenstown is almost always fully booked during mid summer/winter, and even outside these times.

Safe travels everyone. Remember to keep to the left! :)

Kat and Blair (and the mad four)

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