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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 11
Persons: varies
Category: Other
Host ID: 34417
Region: Wanganui

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Last Updated: February 3, 2018

We are a small rural outdoor education/camp facility mainly hosting school groups, based a short distance from Wanganui. You will get the opportunity to try a number of activities while here including kayaking, Stand up paddle board, target shooting, water slide and swimming, archery. Nearby beaches, The Whanganui river and rural life in NZ.

We have our main camp season during school terms 1 + 4 (October Ė Dec + Feb Ė April) so have a mix of work around the camp and in the kitchen. Happy to host a couple, we would add some variety into the mix, possibly some gardening and property care etc depends on your skills.
There is always plenty of things that need to be done, from machinery maintenance, grounds maintenance, construction and repairs to helping build a website. The camp season dictates what the priority is but outside of that its generally flexible. I do my best to show my helpers around and usually take them out if they donít have a vehicle and generally try to include them were I can, whether thatís the musicians club, a party, beach walk/swim or playing pool on a Friday evening I try to give them a taste of Wanganui and its people.

I am open to requests from any travellers with skills and experience that we can make use of during the off season if it looks like it would work for both of us and am open to both short and longer term. Accommodation is a room overlooking the small lake, it has a queen bed and 2 bunks as well as its own bathroom/toilet. Alternatively it may be a room at the house depending on whats happening and what suits. We are a non smoking facility, this needs to be respected however if you need to and can find a spot away from buildings and the campers and leave no evidence of your pleasures then it will probably work out ok.

My interests are many and varied including Making and re-purposing things, Energy healing, I do Reiki and magnetic healing amongst other things, Meditation, Alternative healing methods, Engineering, Organics and permaculture. I like going to our local musicians club the first friday of each month.
My medium to long term goals are to create off the grid self contained cabins around the property or even create a little village where we could host alternative style workshops on building, gardening etc. Construct a parkour training area, Create organic/permaculture style gardens incorporating some livestock for food and educational experience. Start a Maker space/Hacking workshop to promote and grow repurposing. Host more natural therapies, ecobuilding, sensible organics workshops etc. And occasionally I just need a camp and dog sitter.
Sometimes I am a little disorganised or just extremely busy doing what needs to be done to keep a place like this going so you will need to be motivated, able to work on your own at times and ask questions if your not sure. I see mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow from and I expect you to try your best.

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