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Cheviot
All Year: All year
Area (ha): 8
Persons: 1-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 1042
Region: North Canterbury

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Last Updated: January 10, 2020

We are looking for positive, happy, enthusiastic and outgoing people to join our life style.

We are looking for people to assist with outdoor tasks:
* gardening
* planting
* landscaping
* tree cutting
* splitting firewood
* small building jobs
* general maintenance around our property and house.

We are also looking for skilled people such as:
* builder
* stone mason
* tiler
* carpenter
etc to help us with some specific tasks that we need help with.

We ask for 4 hours a day assistance, in exchange for free accommodation, etc. We also provide internet, have bicycles that you can use and have a large well-equipped gym that you are welcome to use.

We have built a cosy self-contained cabin on our property about 100 meters from our house, down near a small stream, which you will be staying in (see photos).

Please note we do not provide food. We ask you to buy and provide your own food, and cook for yourself in the cabin.

There is a local supermarket in the township (about 1.5 kms away).

WHO WE ARE:

Ellis and Sanna are a fun, loving, easygoing couple. We believe in living life to the fullest and love to meet new people from different countries and experience their culture. Between us, we have travelled extensively and know what it is like to be in a new country far away from home.

Sanna is from Finland and Ellis from New Zealand. We have a cat (Ziggy) and a dog (Sasha).

Over the past 15 years we have built our own home, The Tree House, situated on top of a small hill overlooking the distant Inland Kaikoura Mountains. Our house is a 3 story, rustic dwelling with loads of character and Kiwi ingenuity. We have two massive trees up through the center of the house. The back bone structure is made up of huge hand milled beams with a natural timber ceiling. We also have built the biggest rock fire place you probably will see in NZ.

We are both into health and fitness. Sanna is a personal trainer. We have our own gym / fitness studio that you will be more than welcome to use.

We have a couple of mountains bikes you are welcome to use. Our local beach is only 8 kms away and there are some nice walks and tracks that you can explore.

If you feel like a real Kiwi / Finnish experience then feel to get in touch with us.

We are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Christchurch, 45 minutes from Kaikoura, 1 hour 15 minutes from Hanmer Springs and 1 hours drive from Mt Lyford ski field. There is a local surf beach, Gore Bay, only 8 kilometres away from us.

Thanks :)

reviews (29)
Helper: Chloe Mills Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 9, 2019
I spent 3 months here at Sanna and Ellis house sitting for them and helping t... view complete review

Helper: Léa Groisard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 15, 2018
I unfortunately spent only one week in this help-x... I wish I could have sta... view complete review

Helper: Marion Dijoux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Reunion Date: March 13, 2018
I stayed 6 days with Ellis and Sanna. It was interresting and unforgettable e... view complete review

Helper: Andrea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: February 6, 2018
It took me a while but here i am to tell how awsome was my time spent with th... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Stewart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 9, 2017
I stayed for a couple weeks with Sanna and Ellis and would recommend it for s... view complete review

Helper: Emelie Kalinke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 13, 2016
Sanna and Ellis are amazing hosts and really lovely people. I always felt wel... view complete review

Helper: Tina and Moritz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 23, 2016
Ellis and Sanna are great hosts! We really enjoyed our one week we spent with... view complete review

Helper: Remy Perrin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 5, 2015
Hi there, My stay with Sanna and Ellis was just amazing. The place is wonder... view complete review

Helper: Hugo and Julie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 8, 2015
We were so fortunate to spend a week with Ellis. Unfortunately, Susan was aw... view complete review

Helper: Clement and Heidi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 18, 2015
There is only one word to explain a stay in the Tree House ... A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ... view complete review

Helper: Charles-alexandre Bourbeau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 17, 2015
Amazing! I was supposed to stay for 5 days and left after almost a month. San... view complete review

Helper: Philipp (Julian) and Julia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 28, 2014
The Tree House What a wonderful place to be! Very good and healthy food, a... view complete review

Helper: Martin Wiederhold Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 3, 2014
Thank you for the awesome stay! I really enjoyed my time with Sanna & Ellis.... view complete review

Helper: Eoin and Kasey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: March 20, 2013
Sanna and Ellis are so kind and welcoming, and we really enjoyed our short we... view complete review

Helper: Anu and Outi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: February 7, 2013
We were planning to stay in the tree house with the Emmetts for five days or ... view complete review

Helper: Olliges Vera Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 19, 2012
I will never forget that I had the chance to go on a rafting trip because of ... view complete review

Helper: Rutger Kik Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: September 19, 2012
I didn't only stay at Ellis and Sanna's house, but they took me on a rafting ... view complete review

Helper: Babett and Steffen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 2, 2012
You won't leave these amazing hosts and this lovely unique place without bein... view complete review

Helper: Kayla Whatley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: August 17, 2012
Ellis, Sanna, and Michelle. How did I find these amazing people? I litera... view complete review

Helper: Colin Courtney Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 30, 2012
Ellis, Sanna, & Michelle are simply one of a kind! They are the kind of peopl... view complete review

Helper: Johanna Georges Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 21, 2012
Sanna and Ellis are amazing people. I came with Colin, and we stayed a few we... view complete review

Helper: Joanne Kelly Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 5, 2011
First of all, I want to thank Sanna and Ellis for inviting me into their love... view complete review

Helper: Lori and Drew Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 24, 2011
We stayed with Sanna & Michelle for a few days in June, then came back for 3 ... view complete review

Helper: Karen Bayley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: January 18, 2010
Ellis, Sanna & Michelle are an example of people living life to the full, the... view complete review

Helper: Brian Frey Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 7, 2010
Thank you all so much!! I had an amazing time and cannot speak highly enough... view complete review

Helper: Cheri Dostal Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 7, 2010
Ellis, Sanna, Michelle...Thank you for not only a Kiwi experience, but the in... view complete review

Helper: brian and emily Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 19, 2007
Sanna, Ellis and Michelle were great hosts and we had a wonderful experience ... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas Sowers Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: March 16, 2006
Sanna and Ellis are eeeexcellent hosts!! We couldn't have imagined a better e... view complete review

Helper: Victoria Leeper Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: February 6, 2006
My boyfriend and I arrived to stay with Ellis, Sanna and Michelle as help exc... view complete review

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