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Area (ha): 75
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60725
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: August 5, 2017

I run a small personalised trekking and Farmstay business situated in Waimamaku, which is in the Hokianga, just west of Opononi.

When the weather permits we work with the horses most days (this can range from simply cleaning out the paddocks through to training or exercising), riding is voluntary and always depends on the bookings and business commitments - staying with us does not guarantee that you will get to go on a trek as often we are having personalised bookings for smaller groups, however if you are specifically coming to try out one of our treks please make sure you include this request in your application, as we have a special offer for our Wwoofers.

Most of the food is grown on the property, hunted from the back door or caught from the ocean just down the road. We have 50 acres of grass and a little more in native bush and you will often hear Kiwi's during the night here.

Work can be extremely varied, you may have days where you will be maintaining the property, gardens or farm stay or even days that include cleaning out the horses paddocks (picking up manure). You are expected to work hard and must be willing to get dirty and sometimes work long hours depending on the day but it is definitely an extremely unique experience that you are sure to enjoy and learn a lot from.

We are generally working outside as much as possible and it can get very hot so you will need to be able to handle the sun, especially during our warmer months, November, December, January and February. During winter it can get cold and is muddy.

As we are often working with horses, from young horses to our trekking horses it is recommended that you have some experience with horses however it is not essential. A good easy going attitude, ability to show initiative, work alone or unsupervised and work hard are more important.

When applying please give me as much information as you can think of about yourself. Such as if you have any dietary requirements or allergies, are a vegetarian etc or smoker, if you have had previous experiences with horses or with Wwoofing and especially if you are wanting to come to ride!

During your stay you may have tasks such as house keeping, farm related work, gardening, landscaping, cleaning, cooking, preparing lunches or meals for bookings, helping with the training of horses and exercise, feeding horses and helping as a guide on treks depending on your ability. It can be extremely crazy working around the treks so there may be times where you will need to be home alone at the Farmstay, this means you will need to be self-motivated and able to work un-supervised at times. We do try to include our Wwoofers in our treks when we have them but at times this is not possible due to our commitments to our customers so make sure you will be ok with being at the Farmstay with just yourself or other Wwoofers.

We do have access to broadband internet so Video Calling is an option and cell phone coverage is marginal at best, how ever there is TV and plenty of other things to entertain yourself. I also recommend you bring a good book or two for your down time :)

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