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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 118
Persons: 1, 2 or couple
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 90081
Region: Bay of Plenty

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Last Updated: March 24, 2019

Hello, Kia ora and welcome!

Will you be our first helper/s or perhaps the first person from your part of the world to set foot in this area?

We are on a beautiful remote wilderness bush property that has a stream running through it which then flows into a river at the front of the property. Its very peaceful here and when the sun is shining it feels like paradise! We live off the grid and are learning self reliance in food in our journey to self sufficiency. We are situated a 1˝ hour (55km) drive from Opotiki/shops. Or a 2˝ hour drive from Gisborne (see below).

We offer you a truly unique opportunity to escape the 'modern' world for a while, for those who seek to get off the beaten track! This lifestyle offers the chance to learn many aspects of getting back to basics as in hands on, and growing your own food.

We need your help now! All you need is an open mind and be easy-going (like us and our neighbours), a good level of fitness, a willingness to give anything a go and happily work as a team or independently. Bring your skills and knowledge and we'll do our best in task matching where possible. A love for Nature, and Animals is essential as we have a very energetic dog who loves to play.

March's main tasks: Planting out native trees, painting/redecorating, fencing, helping out in the gardens, mowing, watering and weed chipping in the paddocks (with great views), and more.

Year round: Our main tasks are in our ever expanding vegetable gardens covering all aspects of growing food which varies from digging new beds right through to preserving crops, sowing seed to saving seed. We follow a blend of Bio-Intensive, Organic and Permaculture principles, are sustainably minded, and are ever learning as we go. Other tasks will vary as needed and may involve caring for and moving stock – sheep and cattle, fencing, helping out with building projects, painting/decorating, landscaping, potting up native tree seedlings, regenerative planting, clearing of unwanted vegetation and much more. Tasks will be flexible and weather dependent, and are based on 4 hours help per day in exchange for lunch/dinner and accommodation.

We encourage Women to come and help, as you will be helping Angela for the most, but we will certainly consider/welcome all help. Its also idealistic for couples.

YOUR ACOMMODATION is rustic, private, spacious and semi self-catering (for breakfast/hot drinks). There is a Queen bed, 2 single beds, a lounge/dinning area and a fireplace to keep cosy. It is set away from ours, has great views, and its own long drop toilet a short distance away. Hot showers are at our place as is a washing machine - both novel.

We rely on solar energy, generator and satellite communications/phone. There is no Wi-Fi or Mobile phone coverage and no TV.

MEALS (lunch/dinner) will be shared in preparation or independent and are based on healthy seasonal foods grown here. Your input/recipes are welcome too we see variety as the spice of life! Prior notification of food sensitivities will be catered for. Gluten free and organic are pretty standard, but not strictly so or compulsory!

FREE TIME offers the opportunity to explore the steep native forest covered hills, gullies and creeks, stream and river. Soak in the Nature anyway that suits you: star gaze, look for glow worms, listen to the birds, go swimming, do yoga or lie down/read in the bush under a big tree - delight your senses! Imagination is your only limit...…

There are plentiful cycling options in the region as we drive Motu road to reach here (see below).

Being in the ranges we can get high rain fall at times, so wet weather gear is an advantage especially gumboots. Bring a sunhat and torch too. We do have some wet weather gear and gumboots in various mid-range sizes as spares. Waterproof foot wear enables more freedom for stream crossings while roaming!

Opotiki pick-ups/drop-offs may be arranged for those who wish to stay a while (1 week minimum). If you come to love it here - longer stays are possible. Otherwise independent reliable transport offers more options for length of stay with a minimum of 3 nights as a preference. The road is narrow and winding in parts and best suited to confident/patient drivers - as in take your time! (see Motu road below). Standard sized vans are ok but not bigger camper vans.

You can cycle here as part of a cycling tour of the 'Motu Trails' - part of 'The New Zealand Cycle Trail'. Another option for at the end of your stay is to get dropped off at/or near the head of the 'Pakihi Track' and cycle or walk back to Opotiki and stay in a Hut/s on the way. Or fly in by Helicopter – at your expense!

MOTU ROAD was the original road linking Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty with Gisborne before SH2 through the Waioeka Gorge was formed, and can be an alternate travel route for those also travelling to/from Hawke's Bay, or part of an East Cape loop. Gisborne to here via this route is a 2˝ hour drive where you can also visit Motu Falls as a short side trip. You'll love the scenery Motu road offers.

We have both travelled to various countries in our younger years and are patient with helping teach the English language if/where required. We love learning of your language/culture too! We also do many crafts (wet weather activities) and love the exchange of knowledge.

We look forward to meeting you and being part of your own unique journey in New Zealand.

Non Smokers only please.

This is a honey producing area so Bees are plentiful from Spring to Autumn. Finally -Due to our distance for town –Travel/Medical insurance is a must, for peace of mind.

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