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nearest to Whangarei
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7.3
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 41162
Region: Northland

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Last Updated: August 31, 2020

We currently have a vacancy. A couple would be great, or a couple of friends who don't mind sharing a large queen bed! Singles also welcome.

There are two 1000 metre greenhouses which we used recently to grow calla lily flowers for export but no longer do these, and succulents (over 70 types) for garden shops, Trademe and the local farmer's market. You can see some of them here:

We usually have a few cattle, and a timid little girl dog. In winter we have citrus fruit here which starts just when the fejoas are finished. Right now we have lots of mandarins. We also have an orchard with plums, peaches, apples, pears, nashi and others. All are eat as much as you want. None of the fruit trees have ever been sprayed because we have never got around to it. They also need a good prune so if you have any skills there it would be great.

Our property is divided by a semi-permanent creek which we've been told has good sized eels in it. There is a large dam for supplying crop irrigation water and a home for frogs and ducks.

We have a comfortable spare room with a queen bed, and a spare room with a single bed. We have no children at home anymore.

The house has a heat pump and wood burner and unlimited high speed internet.

There are many jobs that can be done ranging from the home garden, to tasks associated with
the succulents. When its too hot for greenhouse work we try to either get things done before the heat of the day or find some work propagating in one of the sheds. If you are interested in learning how to propagate succculent plants you can learn it here.

We are flexible with the hours/days worked with 3 hours generally being the norm, in exchange for meals and a bed. The plant work is not hard and we try to keep it varied.
Cooking, cleaning and handyman skills also appreciated. Let us know your skills! We suggest working in the morning and taking the afternoon off to visit attractions in the area, but we are flexible.

It is best if you have a car because we are rural and there is no public transport to the local attractions.

We are on State Highway 12 just under an hour from Whangarei and and half an hour to Dargaville, so handy to both coasts. We can probably pick someone up from the bus at the Brynderwyns. The Naked Bus stops there going between Whangarei and Auckland and even has a link with Auckland Airport.

Paparoa village is 7km away and it has a grocery store, dairy, petrol station and garage and there is a pub. Ruawai and Maungaturoto are both about 10 km away. Near Ruawai is a volcanic cone which can be climbed. The top allows a great view of Ruawai river and surrounds. Near Maungaturoto is a walking track through bush down to a waterfall with swimming holes.
Local attractions include the World famous Matakohe Kauri Museum, a small kauri reserve with a loop walking track both 5 minutes away, and in Paparoa, a walk to a pa site. The nearby Pahi settlement is picturesque with a jetty and boat launching area. Fishing and swimming are possible there. Tinopai is another nearby picturesque seaside settlement. It has a very long jetty with a light on the end enabing night fishing. There are several swimming bays there. We also have a fishing net and it is possible to net a fish for breakfast - we are only 5 minutes from the Kaipara Harbour. It is the biggest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Also less than an hour away are Kai Iwi Lakes, Mangawhai beaches, Marsden Cove, Abby Caves and Bailey's Beach. Day trips to Leigh Marine Reserve, the Goat Island Glass Bottom Boat, Kawau Island, Matakana Market and Waipoua Forest are also possible.

Currently we have a very large number of outside cats all descended from one black female who must have been dumped in the area. She was very wild, but now we are onto the 4th generation some are very tame. Most of these are mother cats who currently have kittens. We do feed them because they control the rat and mouse population. We also have a little dog that is terrified of the cats and needs an escort to go outside!

We enjoy meeting people from other parts of the World and have travelled to Europe and Australia ourselves.

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