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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 15 hectares mainly bush
Persons: Single or couple
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 32551
Region: Wanganui

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Last Updated: June 17, 2018

We run a tourist accommodation business with a difference. We are situated on the banks of the Whanganui River, surrounded by the Whanganui National Park, however the only access to our property is via boat or, the more popular option, by aerial cable car (the flying fox).
We are located 45km from Whanganui township with road access to the cable way via a beautiful scenic 45 min drive. Due to the rural location own transport is preferred as this will also enable you to explore the local area during time off.
We have various accommodation options including camping, glamping and self contained cottages. We also provide catering for some guests. Our accommodation is unique in that it is all built from reclaimed materials and therefore is rustic and quirky! We are off-grid for everything except electricity and have no cell phone access although we do have internet available. We have large gardens and orchards and, whilst not currently certified organic, we work on organic and permaculture principles and recycle/reuse as much as possible.

We would be looking for practical and motivated people, used to rural living. You will need a mature approach and be able to take initiative to join in with all aspects of our daily lives. In the summer this would involve gardening, fruit picking and preserving and grounds maintenance. In the winter we use the quieter months for renovation, maintenance and development projects. In exchange we offer the chance to experience life in an unspoiled part of New Zealand, the opportunity to learn about sustainable living and working in harmony with nature.
Accommodation for volunteers will depend on the time of year and may vary from glamping to a self contained studio. It will always be clean and tidy with good food provided. Please note we cannot accommodate special diets due to distance from shops/costs/time constraints. Hours of work are negotiable and again may vary according to the time of year and project on hand.However we generally expect about 5 hours per day on the days you are working with the flexibility to take days off to explore locally.

This is a magic place, and provides an opportunity to experience unspoilt NZ at its best.

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