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New Zealand
All Year: Conditional
Area (ha): 0.8
Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 10193
Region: Coromandel

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Last Updated: March 7, 2018

Space available after Easter (except 2nd week in May).
Please read this first: we are now living in the small house and can only offer accommodation for ONE person( = no couples). Patrick's health does not allow him to do much physical work, thus we would like to welcome occasional help around the garden/property/maintenance preferably from a male helper, or possibly a strong woman, minimum age 21, non-smoking vegetarian/vegan (although we can accommodate meat, but not smoking).

We live outside of Thames, down a quiet country lane, near the Kauaeranga River with beautiful swimming spots nearby in summer.

We aren't slave drivers and recognise that you are here foremost to enjoy a holiday and explore. We would like 3 hours a day, however you can manage that to suit (more some days, less others). Length of stay is usually 1 or 2 weeks, but is negotiable. In return we offer 3 meals a day, a comfortable double bed (including sheets, pillow, duvet and heated blanket) in your own room. No TV, but Netflix in the lounge, and unlimited WiFi.

We have enjoyed meeting all kinds of people, young and older, and will actively help to make your stay enjoyable. We love sharing experiences with our guests, and like to discuss views on life, spirituality if it comes up, but are quite open and non-religious. We don't smoke and alcohol doesn't play a role in our lives. Enjoy music and dancing. Christiane is fluent in both English and German, and a little French.

A bike is available, and the 4kms into Thames are all fairly flat. You will find, though, that a car is a big advantage in getting around the Coromandel Peninsula.

Patrick's hobbies include engineering and electronics, so there is a reasonably well set up workshop that you would be welcome to use for interest or your own projects. Included in the workshop is a 900x400 mm lathe, mill-drill, cut-off saw, gas and electric welders; and on the electronics side; 100 MHz oscilloscope, DVMs (lots), temp-controlled soldering iron, micro-drill, bread-boards, and a wide selection of passive and active components that have accumulated over the years!

Work is mainly ground maintenance, gardening and getting the place tidied up. It's getting too much for us, as much as we love it.

E-mail inquiries preferred and we'll answer as soon as we read them.

Please be aware that we are often booked out for weeks in advance, but now I try to let people know on this website if and when we are booked.

Look forward hearing from you!

reviews (19)
Helper: Dave Wilson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 23, 2017
Thank you Patrick and Christiane! I had such an amazing experience with Patr... view complete review

Helper: Man and Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: February 2, 2015
First and best helpx experience!!! Christiane and Patrick are excellent host!... view complete review

Helper: Georgiana and Gregoire Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 12, 2015
we encourage you to stay with Patrick and Christiana. They are very nice peop... view complete review

Helper: Eléa and Nico Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 2, 2014
What a great experience ! Christiane and Patrick are lovely and would do anyt... view complete review

Helper: Marie and Arnaud Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: February 12, 2014
Christiane and Patrick are very nice hosts. Their property is beautiful and v... view complete review

Helper: Helen Steenburgh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 23, 2014
Christiane and Patrick are very congenial hosts. The work is not hard and it ... view complete review

Helper: Constance Gremore Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 30, 2013
Christiane and Patrick are interesting and pleasant hosts, very gracious and ... view complete review

Helper: Maren and Johanna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 15, 2013
We spent a very nice week and a half with Christiane and Patrick. The work wa... view complete review

Helper: Tom Sewoester Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 4, 2013
I stayed at Christianes and Patricks place for 3 weeks and it was a great tim... view complete review

Helper: Ying ting and I ju Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 10, 2013
We stayed for almost five weeks at this lovely place and enjoyed every minute... view complete review

Helper: Cyrille Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 21, 2013
I have spent two and half weeks with Patrick and Christiane and I couldn't se... view complete review

Helper: Mervyn and Jill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: March 30, 2013
Christiane and Patrick are lovely people. Their beautiful garden has plenty o... view complete review

Helper: Hélène kakatoes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: October 21, 2012
This place is little paradise of peace and nature, so beautiful place and sur... view complete review

Helper: Nabeal akabai Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 18, 2012
Thank you Christiane and Patrick for letting me stay you two are very fair ni... view complete review

Helper: Arne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 24, 2012
This was my first helpx-experience and I stayed about a week with Christiane ... view complete review

Helper: Ian and Alice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 15, 2011
Wow! Where do we start? You two are amazing souls! We had thee most absolut... view complete review

Helper: Kristen and Sam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 27, 2011
We loved our 1 week stay with Patrick & Christiane! They are very sweet peop... view complete review

Helper: Florian and Malou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 14, 2011
We spent 3 weeks at Patrick and Christiane's house and we really enjoy the ti... view complete review

Helper: Isabelle DUPUY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 21, 2011
It is been an honour and a challenge to be the first helper at Christiane and... view complete review

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