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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 43
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13728
Region: North Auckland

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Last Updated: July 22, 2019

It helps to book in advance a little as certain times of year are very popular.
We are a small commercial sheep & beef farm, that adopts an organic approach to as much of our farming & lifestyle practices as practicable, our household is largely generated towards recycling. We also adopt unwanted livestock, & foster dogs for rehoming. Our policy is for animals in our care to have quality of life. A small boutique boarding cattery & dog homestay is also run onsite. English is our only language.
Our guests MUST NOT smoke, have maturity to be self directed in their work to a certain degree, & have a sense of humour! It is advantageous that our guests are comfortable around animals, particularly dogs & cats, as they will be working closely with these animals.
It is expected guests will do 3-4 hours work daily per person in return for full board & lodging, in our comfortable home.
The main things we need help with are: housework/cleaning, feeding/walking/cleaning for dogs & cats, gardening & landscaping, weeding & planting trees, thistle control. However, duties may also include: knapsack spraying, weedeater operation, stock work, fencing, farm & building maintenance. If guest skills are such, there may be an opportunity for paid work constructing rural fences & driving tractors/farm machinery.
Property is located 35 minutes north of downtown Auckland, midway between east & west coast, 15-20 minutes in either direction by car to beautiful coastlines, beaches, hikes, shops & bus route. Having your own vehicle would be advantageous in exploring the many beautiful features of the area. However we are happy to pickup & dropoff at our nearest bus station, Silverdale, which is 10 minutes drive & runs express buses to/from downtown Auckland.
There are nice walks to do locally, + we have mountain bikes that guests are also welcome to use.

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