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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 140
Persons: 1 to 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3694
Region: North Auckland

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Last Updated: November 27, 2016

We run a 140ha beef breeding and finishing farm 1 hour north of Auckland and within 15 minutes drive of the stunning east coast beaches of Pakiri, Te Arai and Mangawhai. Lake Tomarata, a freshwater lake suitable for swimming in summer is also just a few minutes drive away.

We have not had many helpers this year as we have instead employed someone to work part time on the farm and have not needed the extra help. However we do miss the exchange with those from other countries so if you have a farm background and good practical maintenance skills then feel free to contact us.

If you would like to stay as a helper on the farm you must have strong practical skills as these are very important. Usually you will be working with us because many hands do make light work but there are times when you will have separate things to do. You will need to be motivated to complete the assigned tasks as we do not feel we should have to supervise you.

We would be especially delighted if you are able to cook a meal one evening so we can try your country's style of food.

In exchange for your help for four hours a day we offer you accommodation in our home with a separate bedroom but shared bathroom facilities, and really great food - lots of meat. Wireless internet is available.

We are able to meet you from the bus at Wellsford. Wellsford is 15 minutes drive away from the farm and if you have your own transport then you would be able to drive to the beaches or Lake when not working. We always include our helpers in any off farm activities or outings. Unlike Europe there are no villages nearby - Wellsford is where our closest shop is and where the closest public transport is.

We have two dogs and four cats in addition to the 300 beef animals currently on the farm.

Part of the farm is in native bush and designated a significant natural area by the local council. We have fenced off all areas of native bush and also the two streams that run through the property.Where in the past people and animals cleared the native bush to the stream edge we now have a replanting program underway.. In the past few years school children and helpers have planted well over 3,000 young native trees and looking after them so that they are not overgrown or attacked by possums is part of our responsibility. You may also help us by clearing weeds away from the latest plantings.
We believe that farming has to be sustainable and that when we retire the property will be in significantly better condition than when we purchased it.

Please apply via email and DO NOT APPLY by phone or text. We do not accept helpers who apply by phone as we want to be able to review your profile and also consider whether the timing you want will fit in with our plans and any other helper bookings.

Please be aware that we raise animals for meat and our meals usually include meat. We are not able to separately cater for vegetarians.

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