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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1000m2
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 41531
Region: Banks Peninsula

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Last Updated: April 12, 2018

Looking for some help in my garden and a little indoor painting, between 5-13 May...

My home is in Governors Bay which is a small town of 800 people located in a very scenic part of the Banks Peninsula only 20 minutes drive from Christchurch. I have a rather large property on tree-clad section with a small amount of lawn, a vegetable garden garden and great views of the Lyttelton Harbour. I also share my home with my 7 year old dog Chica.

Staying and working here would suit a couple who are independent (i.e. have had some life experience outside of home and school), self-motivated and having a happy, can-do attitude would be most welcomed. Working hours and expectations are fair - about 4 hours a day, or you can also work a full day and take the next off... whatever is mutually convenient. Main tasks are weeding the garden, and also cooking. Although right now after the winter months the house is in need of a good spring clean inside. Having any building, or landscaping skills would be very helpful too. I have about 7 days work available at this stage perhaps more depending on other projects that are still in the planning (paving, tree planting, building a carport, painting, etc).
In exchange I can offer you good healthy meals, a double bed and room with private bathroom/toilet, wireless internet to check emails and Facebook.

There are numerous walking tracks close to home - easy ones along the foreshore, and more challenging walks on a network of tracks in the hills. It's also close to the funky port town of Lyttelton, and enroute to Akaroa a very popular destination for its history on the early settlement days of NZ.

There is a community mini bus service providing access to a public transport system in Christchurch during the weekdays, and to the Farmers Market in Lyttelton on Saturday mornings (bookings are necessary see for timetables and fares). I make frequent trips into town; so if it works out you can join me.

Our local pub, The Governors Bay Hotel just across the road has a great atmosphere (especially for the locals on a Thurs/Friday nights) and serves a great meal too. She Universe (cafe/restaurant and chocolate factory) is next door. They sell world-class chocolate. There are no other shops or services in Governors Bay.

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