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All Year: All of 2020
Area (ha): 14
Persons: we are flexible
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 38702
Region: Northland

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Last Updated: March 7, 2020

Hi and welcome to our eco project. We have moved with our 4 horses on to our land at Waipu Caves and intend to establish a retreat centre over time - a supportive refuge for self discovery and healing through a deep connection with nature.

Set amongst the majestic limestone formations and sacred underground passageways of Waipu Caves, the property rests on 14 hectares of native bush and pasture. The huge limestone cave system covers some four square kilometres and is home to millions of glow worms adorning the cavernous ceilings and freshwater koura in the chilly pools below.

Our project is just beginning.

So far we have set up a base camp based around our caravan. We’ve solar power, a basic water system and the gardens are under way. Our next job is to build a small cottage from recycled materials.

There are a multitude of different task we need help with and your help would be greatly appreciated.

You will enjoy the Northland summer staying in a large, well appointed “glamping” style tent, or your own self contained vehicle if you have one. There’s mains power for charging devices and internet, hot water showers, hot bath and compost toilet. Staying with us will be best for people who enjoy being in nature with basic facilities and are happy in there own company.

We share preparation of healthy vegetarian meals. Please bring your own snacks, super foods and personal dietary requirements.

Alistair has hosted many working holiday travelers over the years and has lots of skills to share.
Here are some basic expectations:
* We would like you to help us out and be active around the property for 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.
* We prefer to live consciously so prefer limited alcohol and no drugs. We’re cool with smokers if you smoke away from the main facilities.
* It's nice to get to know each other great when you choose to stay for a week or more.

Alistair was born in New Zealand and Caroline is French/German.

We see this as a cultural exchange however please note that a working holiday visa for New Zealand may be required.

This is a magical place with beaches nearby and lots to explore. Swimming holes in the river nearby are amazing! We are 13km from the nearest shop at Waipu township. It's another 7 km or so for surfing. Whangarei is the nearest city 19km away.

We look forward to meeting you.

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