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Oamaru
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 1757
Region: Otago

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Last Updated: January 10, 2019

Oamaru is famous for grand Victorian architecture, seashore ecology and for being the coast end of the Alps to Ocean bike trail. Work is available from time to time in exchange for food and lodgings. Very comfortable accommodation (see South Room on my website) The work usually involves landscaping and tidying the property and varies from pick-and-shovel type earth-moving, fence-building, planting shrubs to lawn mowing and tree felling for firewood. Some home improvement, painting and small scale building work too, as I am now working as a Home Handyman!
I'm an experienced traveller and enjoy swapping yarns over a good meal (and a drink!) after work.

reviews (57)
Helper: Adrien Litaudon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 3, 2020
Thank you very much for having me during the whole lockdown! It was a difficu... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Wocher Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 29, 2020
Best helpx experience so far! Doug offers everything to spend a remarkable ti... view complete review

Helper: Finn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 20, 2020
Doug is an amazing person, he will make you feel home, which is really apprec... view complete review

Helper: Edwin Bennett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 11, 2019
Doug is a thoughtful host and a great guy. The work was satisfying and never ... view complete review

Helper: Tom de Roon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: March 13, 2019
Had a great time at Doug's place! Painted a fence and did some things in the ... view complete review

Helper: Josselin Satabin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 20, 2018
Don't hesitate, go directly to Doug's place ! I spend more than two weeks a... view complete review

Helper: Ole-christian Nilssen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Norway Date: November 7, 2018
Doug is incredibly welcoming and easy to live with! He'll put you to work, b... view complete review

Helper: Franck Buttazzoni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 6, 2018
Sorry for the late review ! I spent 8 days with doug at Oamaru and it was ... view complete review

Helper: Carlos Santillanes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: May 4, 2018
Doug is a very welcoming host and a hard working man. He makes you feel at co... view complete review

Helper: Boris MANSUY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 11, 2018
I really enjoyed my stay at Doug's home ! Doug is very welcoming, has a great... view complete review

Helper: Maximilian Rohrer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 19, 2018
I stayed for almost two weeks at Doug's and really enjoyed it. Doug is a re... view complete review

Helper: Andy Kearney Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 28, 2017
I had a great week with Doug, he gave me some good tips on where to explore i... view complete review

Helper: Vladyslav Brusensky Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 27, 2017
Cher mon mauvais garçon et bon vivant! I enjoyed the stay at Doug’s place.... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas GERVASONI Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 28, 2017
I stayed 10 days with Doug and it was a really cool and interesting experienc... view complete review

Helper: Fabrice Oxaran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 13, 2017
I was stay in Doug's house during 1 month! Doug is very kind and funny pers... view complete review

Helper: David Meckert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: November 23, 2016
I have enjoyed myself a lot in Doug's house ! Comfortable room, nice view, ve... view complete review

Helper: Valentin Biehl Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 24, 2016
Just an amazing guy with a breathtaking homestay! I had an unforgettable t... view complete review

Helper: Damien BORNE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 7, 2016
I stayed at Doug's house a bit more than 3 weeks and it was a very good stay.... view complete review

Helper: Xavier Antonicelli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 6, 2016
I stayed with Doug two weeks in the beginning of my travel and decided to sta... view complete review

Helper: Florent Gasset Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: January 19, 2016
I stayed with Doug for nearly 2 weeks. I enjoyed the stay with him (and anoth... view complete review

Helper: Gabriel Mainard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 2, 2015
My stay with Doug was very enriching and great. It was a very relaxing enviro... view complete review

Helper: Armand Perlin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 5, 2015
A good place to stay and enjoy life ! I spent 2 weeks in Doug's House, the... view complete review

Helper: Miroslav Tovarys Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: April 13, 2015
While staying in Doug's place I was helping with some painting. And the stay ... view complete review

Helper: Vincent Ferrand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 15, 2015
I spent 6 nights (6 days) in Doug's house. He is a very friendly host and it'... view complete review

Helper: Alexander Schoofs Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 16, 2014
Well, Doug is a really funny and kind person. The room where I slept, was re... view complete review

Helper: Ludo ARNAUD Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 22, 2014
I stayed during just 5 days with " le vilain garçon" , it was nice. I felt me... view complete review

Helper: Josua Guerid Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 26, 2014
Doug is a nice person to stay with. He is talented with cooking and has an ea... view complete review

Helper: Maxime Barbonne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 13, 2014
15 days spent with Doug, the main goal was to get my 2Kilos back ... and we d... view complete review

Helper: Arthur Hardiagon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 15, 2014
Hi Doug, sorry for my late review. Well, by where I could start. Doug is r... view complete review

Helper: Nils Moehlenbrock Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2014
Hey Doug, sorry for my late review! Doug is a welcoming person and the wor... view complete review

Helper: Armand Leseux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 15, 2014
Doug was my first HelpX host and I must say that I haven't been disapointed b... view complete review

Helper: Axel Marth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 4, 2014
i stayed with Doug just for a few days and had other helpers around as well. ... view complete review

Helper: Jerome Dameme Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 4, 2013
I stayed one month in Oamaru with Doug, it was my first experience HelpX and ... view complete review

Helper: Marine and Nicolas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 12, 2013
We stayed 12 days with Doug at Oamaru. It was really nice. Doug is a grea... view complete review

Helper: Tom Wiencek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 21, 2013
I had a very nice week stay here in Oamaru with Doug. The accommodation was v... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas Oudart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 13, 2013
This is probably the best place to stay in Oamaru, just 5 minutes from the c... view complete review

Helper: Paul Bulic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 4, 2013
We come and sometimes we come back to Doug's home! Still amazing view, a 3... view complete review

Helper: Francois Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 4, 2013
I spent 10 days in Doug's place, he was my first helpX hoster and it was a re... view complete review

Helper: Timo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: May 3, 2013
I spent a week here recently and it was a very pleasant experience! Doug is h... view complete review

Helper: Romeo cesaratto Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 2, 2013
Hey, I'm stay few days with Doug and an other french Helper, and I've just on... view complete review

Helper: Emile grospelier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 23, 2013
Doug is not only a good man, he is a magical character, he makes feeling well... view complete review

Helper: Gael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 23, 2013
I stayed at Doug's house for 10 days, and I enjoyed it. My main activity as a... view complete review

Helper: Paul Bulic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 30, 2012
I've passed 10 great days in doug's compagny, a nice guy who is a very good c... view complete review

Helper: Diego Rivera Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Chile Date: December 26, 2012
what can I say about Doug?? He is just awesome.. a really nice host, a very ... view complete review

Helper: Jon Liu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: December 11, 2012
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Oamaru is pretty good, compared with other towns I've ... view complete review

Helper: Stefano Garro Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: November 18, 2012
5 STARS! Doug is a great host. Queen size bed, balcony, ocean view, wifi, ... view complete review

Helper: William Amboise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 20, 2012
Hey Patron Doug, this guy is a real bon vivant, always a good joke and intere... view complete review

Helper: Emilie and Ben Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Luxembourg Date: January 31, 2012
This was by far our favourite B&B stay! Doug is a wonderful host and Oamaru i... view complete review

Helper: Perlot nick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: August 14, 2011
Doug was a great host it's very open mind guy and helpfull. He loves great fo... view complete review

Helper: Alexander Peaston Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 1, 2011
I stayed with Doug for just a week while helping to build a retaining wall. ... view complete review

Helper: Hannes Huelsmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 19, 2011
I stayed with Doug for 10 days and found it to be one of the most enjoyable p... view complete review

Helper: Benjamin Diegoni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 7, 2011
Doug ? Who is he ? Someone really handsome. I was lucky to begin this adventu... view complete review

Helper: Fabian Mangels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 23, 2010
I had a great time at Dougs place. He is a very nice host, makes nice food an... view complete review

Helper: Sam Douglas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 18, 2010
I stayed with Doug for a week in the middle of July. It was a wonderful week... view complete review

Helper: Erik Sgro Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 20, 2010
I had a cracker time with Doug in Oamaru. Definitely one of my favorite expe... view complete review

Helper: Armin Beck Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: December 29, 2009
Doug is a very nice, cool and funny host. the house is beautiful and the work... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Dedek Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: March 18, 2009
Very cool host. I have enjoyed two weeks with him. Very good food and accomod... view complete review

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