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All Year: Yes but best Oct to April
Area (ha): 136
Persons: best for 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 19829
Region: Lower North Island

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Last Updated: March 3, 2020

We are a 70 year old Christian couple, managing a privately owned retreat and large Heritage forest bush covered property close to the entrance of the Tararua Forest Park. We are in walking distance to tracks in the Forest Park and the Otaki River.

We share the home, 2 huts, 2 caravans and a converted container with individuals and groups who come for prayer, retreats, meetings and/or rest and recreation.

Our off grid house heats the water and creates electricity. We have limited broadband internet access with a voice over phone. Cellphone coverage is limited here.

Most work consists of autumn pruning of trees that have grown over the summer on tracks, weather permitting plus other odd jobs including in the garden. We have young moscovy ducks, 2 bee hives ( honey has just been extracted) and 3 hens.
We can arrange to collect you from Otaki 15 km away, the Intercity bus stops there.

We welcome singles or married couples.
Short stays are ok.
We are happy to discuss what you are able to offer and how long for, working at least 4 hours a day on the property or maintenance of house and buildings as required.
We have appreciated help from people from different nations in the past.

May you enjoy the autumn here in beautiful NZ.

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