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Palmerston
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1300
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29567
Region: Otago

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Last Updated: June 23, 2020

Looking for help with landscaping, gardening, painting and helping with the house and kids. We can select our projects depending on your skills.

By clicking on our Airbnb link under web2 above you will be able to see cottage availability before messaging us.

We are a married couple in our fourties with a 7 year old daughter, a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. We farm sheep and beef.

You will have the opportunity to spend time on the farm but our Helpx jobs won't likely include stock work as experience is necessary. We have a pet dog, pigs, hens, ducks a horse and a pony. We have 7 farm dogs, lots of sheep and cows. If time permits Duncan will teach you to shear a sheep.

Accommodation is in a 3 bedroom cottage which we also use for Airbnb. We only have 1 Helpx booking at a time so it is likely you will have the cottage to yourselves, however we also have family and hunters to stay from time to time. Breakfast is provided for you to have in the cottage, lunch is with our family in the homestead and dinners are provided for you to have in the cottage with some being with Duncan & Georgie in the homestead. There is a TV and Wifi (limited data) in the cottage.
We expect 4 hours productive work per day in exchange for 3 generous sized meals, accommodation and a family farm experience. You are expected to keep the cottage clean and tidy and clean it at the end of your stay and help with meal preparation and dishes.

We are 1 1/4 hours from Dunedin or Oamaru in the Nenthorn Valley, 2 1/2 hours drive from Queenstown or Wanaka, 20 mins to the Central Otago Rail Trail which you can walk or bike. We have 2 bikes available. There is a fishing spot on the neighbouring property. The Moeraki Boulders are about 50 minutes drive away and Naseby is 1 hour away.

Minimum 1 week stay. We can not commit to more than a week until we see how well the arrangement is going. You MUST have your own vehicle as we want you to be able to get out and about and see the sites in your spare time and it is not an option to hitchhike or bus to us.

We require helpers (or at least 1 of a couple) to be over 25yrs old. While Help references are preferred, if this is your first HelpX and you don't have references, then please provide us with detail as to your relevant experience.
Please indicate BY EMAIL, NOT TEXT OR PHONE, what your preferred approximate arrival and departure dates would be when you contact us.

reviews (18)
Helper: Amy and Mike Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 20, 2018
We spent 2 weeks with Duncan, Georgie and family and we enjoyed it greatly. W... view complete review

Helper: Laura and Robert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: April 25, 2017
We stayed at the McGregor farm for one week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. ... view complete review

Helper: Frederic and Ninja Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 22, 2016
We really enjoyed our time at this beautiful place! We've got so much real fa... view complete review

Helper: Yann Quillevere Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 13, 2016
I stayed about 10 days with Georgie and Duncan, I absolutely loved it!! The a... view complete review

Helper: Shona Adcock Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 29, 2016
A great week staying with this wonderful family, Georgie is pleasure to talk ... view complete review

Helper: Carolin Lorenz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 14, 2016
We had a really nice week with the McGregor family. They live in an absolutel... view complete review

Helper: Anne Myers Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 12, 2015
I had such a great time staying on the McGregor's farm. They made me feel so ... view complete review

Helper: Trista McKay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 23, 2015
I stayed with the McGreggor's for a month last December as their au pair for ... view complete review

Helper: Giovanna and Emil Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 23, 2015
I had a really wonderful time working as an au pair for Georgie and Duncan. T... view complete review

Helper: Julien and Amandine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 6, 2015
We stayed one week with Georgie, Duncan and Maggie. We really enjoy our stay ... view complete review

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Helper: Quintin Payne-Cook Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 13, 2015
Thank you Duncan and Georgie for a great stay on my fist helpx job. I stayed ... view complete review

Helper: Morgane R Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 1, 2015
I spend a week with this nice family, and I really appreciate my time there. ... view complete review

Helper: Cyril and Lola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Caledonia Date: August 30, 2014
We spend two weeks in August with Dunkan Georgie and Maggie in their farm. ... view complete review

Helper: Morgane R Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 29, 2014
I spent a short (too short) very nice stay with all of you (Georgie, Ducan, M... view complete review

Helper: Arnaud and Lea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 7, 2014
We spent a week with Georgie Duncan and Maggie (and Daisy :D ) and we had a v... view complete review

Helper: Clemence and Johan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 2, 2014
We stayed at Duncanís and Georgieís farm, in a lovely self-contained cottage.... view complete review

Helper: Laura and Sam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 21, 2014
We really enjoyed our helpx time with Duncan, Georgie and Maggie. There are l... view complete review

Helper: Ramona and Tim Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 11, 2014
Hi Georgie and Duncan, thank you for hosting us during our New Zealand trip. ... view complete review

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