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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 6.8
Persons: 1, or 2 bed-sharers
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18791
Region: Auckland

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Last Updated: January 16, 2020

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We are two gay friends who breed alpacas on a 17-acre lifestyle block in Kumeu, 30 minutes drive NW from central Auckland. We warmly welcome visitors who will share their culture and life experiences, and who bring a sense of humour - a necessary part of your survival kit here!

If you donít discriminate and don't smoke you can enjoy a cozy bed and good food in a smoke-free home, along with Mindy the cat and Tango, a golden Labrador. If you are keen to learn all you can about alpacas and how we care for them, you may learn new skills, understand how the fleece of these unique and fascinating animals becomes chemical-free natural yarn, and how we live by green principles.

We offer our visitors food and accommodation in our warm and comfortable 35-year old Lockwood farm house. We have one guest bedroom with a queen-size bed, so we can cater for singles, couples or anyone willing to share the bed. We have one shared bathroom with a shower and a bath and a separate toilet. Food is plain but plentiful. Ralph is vegetarian; Ross eats meat; so we cater for all tastes (although vegan and other special diets are a bit challenging!) We also include free wi-fi broadband for checking emails (but definitely not for movies, Youtube or Skype video - our broadband is limited).

If you are willing to volunteer to help with looking after our 60-plus herd, and also with the always-long list of other 'Jobs To Do' around the place, we would much appreciate it! The tasks are a mixture of light work and also some more strenuous, so if you are fit and energetic you should find working among our alpacas very enjoyable. You may choose to help with feeding out, composting, digging weeds, clearing vegetation and fallen trees, cleaning water troughs, repairing fences, helping with shearing and sorting fleeces, moving stock, shed clearing, house cleaning, garden weeding and general yard work.

We're always grateful for a few hours of your help, but don't expect you to overdo it! We're flexible about whatever contribution you choose to make, and don't do a lot of clock-watching, We tend to be more task-oriented, so if you want to help us more on one day to get a task completed, and then enjoy a day off for sightseeing or whatever, that's fine. The important thing is that we all have clear expectations and don't take advantage: we think we get it right.

Our preferred length of stay is two weeks (because if we spend the time showing/explaining/supervising a task, and then you go in just a few days, we may just as well have done the work ourselves!). And you also need to take enough time to enjoy your own time in our spectacular neighborhood.

We're in the middle of a great wine-producing area; we have one of Auckland's best surfing beaches close by; Muriwai also hosts a significant gannet colony; and walking, hiking and cycling trails abound. Check out this link:-

Our local township (Kumeu) is just 5km. away on SH16. There are excellent banking and shopping facilities available, so you don't need to stay in the city after you arrive in NZ to set up a bank account and arrange your IRD number. We can help you do this while you stay with us. Bus transport gets you fairly close to our farm, and we're willing to pick you up.

If you want to have a look at our property on Google maps, then use our helpx map link. The streetview pictures may even include some of our alpacas!

We've enjoyed welcoming wwoofing guests here in the past, and look forward to adding helpxers to our list of new friendships.

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