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North Canterbury
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5.4
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5520
Region: North Canterbury

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Last Updated: January 5, 2020

We are going on holiday from 19 to 26 January, and are looking for a couple to house-sit for us over that period. The main chores will be watering the gardens, and feeding & checking on the animals (3 hens, 3 cows, 3 pigs). You would need to arrive on the 17th or 18th January, to give us time to familiarise you with the property. We have not had Helpers for the past couple of years, and are looking for a capable and competent couple to ease us back into the groove!
We have a small block just up off the end of the Canterbury plains, surrounded by rolling hills. We have a cosy 3 bedroom house that faces the sun and has 2 wood burners, set well back from the road with lots of established trees. Bill is currently working from home, although travels in to Christchurch once a week or so. Marion works for the Department of Conservation, with her field season running from October to February involving trips into the back-country of 10 days at a time - But currently working from home 4 or 5 hours a day. We also have bees, chooks, pigs and cattle. We are heavily into re-vegetating our property with native plants that Marion raises from seed. We are quite a laid back couple, keen trampers, and into cooking good food.
Jobs include weeding, planting, potting-up natives, and other jobs as they come up. Please note that most of our jobs are out of doors and can be quite physical, so if you don't like getting dirty hands this may not be the place for you. We recommend having your own transport, so you can get out and explore the countryside, although this is not essential. We are 1 hour north of Christchurch on the road to Kaikoura and are within an hour of Hanmer hot springs and the Kaikoura coast. Good surf and vineyards are 1/2 an hour away.
Sample our NZ music and movie collection during your free time, or explore further afield. A wireless broadband internet connection is now available.
We are looking for cheerful independent helpers on a 4hrs work per day arrangement. We look forward to meeting you!

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