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Great Barrier Island
All Year: Most of the year
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 36408
Region: Great Barrier Island

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Last Updated: November 17, 2018

Sorry we are booked out until March 2019

Great Barrier Island is a remote, stunningly beautiful Island about 100 km's East of Auckland. Excellent tramping, beaches, surfing, fishing and kayaking

We (husband and wife) live in a large architecturally designed house on 4 hectares of land overlooking Tryphena Harbour
We have a large garden - both ornamental and vegetables from which we eat. While not totally organic we try to use organic techniques to grow our food
We have a small boat and always need encouragement to take time off and go fishing.
We always have masses of projects going on, as we attempt to be as self sufficient as possible - without losing out on the luxuries of life. Our projects projects include gardening, building, websites and making papercrete building blocks etc etc
Great Barrier Island has no reticulated power or water. So we have 8 solar panels, which provide most of our power. Our water is from a spring (imagine water that has been filtered for thousands of years) or rainwater.
Our projects for 2017 include:
Gardening - weeding,mulching,pruning,feeding,planting and harvesting, collecting seaweed from the beach
Renovating a 1940's caravan
Assistance with tree felling and cutting firewood
Pickles and jams etc
Building a plastic bottle shed
Painting _ exterior and interior
Looking after the chickens
Assistance with our holiday accommodation
Assistance with various small building projects

And always lots of other things

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