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Okains Bay
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8.5
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60257
Region: Banks Peninsula

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Last Updated: June 6, 2018

**We are currently looking for a couple to watch the farm (2 dogs, sheep, chickens, guesthouse and property in general) while we are out of the country on two separate occasions: 1) from 17 NOV - 29 NOV 2018, and 2) for 3-4 weeks in the month of June 2019. We would provide a 1-2 day induction into the running of the guesthouse and to the farm before hand :) Please get in touch with us if you are interested!! Many thanks!**

Guesthouse and Colonial Cottage on Picturesque Sheep Farm in Okains Bay (The Opara River Retreat)

The Guesthouse is a quiet, cosy & comfortable home set in the serenely beautiful Okains Bay. We are a 20-acre small sheep farm only a 15-20 minute walk, 15 minute SUP, 5 minute bike ride, or 2 minute drive from Okains Bay Beach - often described as the 'Best Beach on the Banks Peninsula'. We are surrounded by lush volcanic hillsides...every angle is postcard worthy. What a perfect place to get away from the hustle & bustle of civilization!

The owners, Will and Reagan (32) and their two dogs Zeus (a german shepherd) and Juno (a lab/border collie puppy) live in the 1890s Colonial Cottage near the Guesthouse. During the November trip, you would be staying in the cottage and running the guesthouse. For the June trip, it will be staying in the guesthouse as we are closed for the winter.

We currently have 22 ewes, 9 lambs (1 is a pet lamb called Gandalf), 16 chickens, and a productive veggie garden. The main jobs will be looking after Zeus and Juno, cleaning the guesthouse as needed, daily care for the chickens, and daily checks on the flock of sheep, as well as whatever the season bring us. This may include tending the garden & greenhouse, planting trees, cutting firewood, landscaping around guesthouse, fencing, composting, general farm chores. There will be plenty of time for tramping, biking, swimming, SUPing, surfing, fishing ......

During spring/summer/autumn when the guesthouse is rented to guests and we are here, we have a cool, recently renovated caravan stationed at the beach campground which has full kitchen and bathroom facilities that you can stay in, with 2 complimentary bikes and two paddle boards you are welcome to take out on the river and to the sea for a surf.

Please contact us by email or on HelpX, as we do not have cell phone reception at the house (but we do have rural internet!).

See you soon!!
Cheers, Reagan & Will

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