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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.35
Persons: 2 or 3 max
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 52225
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: November 1, 2016

Hi, we’re new to HelpX. We've had a few backpacker stay with us over the last through years but it's always been word of mouth.
We're a couple in our early 50’s with children that have spread their wings.
Our home is near Opito Bay which is 10 to 15 minutes from Kerikeri and Waipapa. We have a small four bedroom home overlooking the water, on a steep, bush clad section.
The area is tranquil and good for the soul. It offers lots of bird life, a couple of short walking tracks, sailing and stunning bays for swimming and fishing of the rocks. – We may even loan you a fishing rod if you don’t have one yourself and there’s always someone looking for crew if you’re interested in sailing.
There are two kayaks at the bottom of the section to use when you’ve cleared the track. ?

We can offer you your own room, Wifi, food and a comfy bed to rest your head and kiwi outside your bedroom window, in exchange for help 4 hours a day.
Some meals will be provided and you may be asked to help with others.
We are on tank water so need to be careful with water usage.

We get very busy with work from Oct to April and not much else gets done. By the time April arrives we’re too exhausted to get through the amount of work needed to bring the place up to scratch. You would need to be reasonably self-motivated and left to work alone. We’d love it if you had landscaping, gardening, building/maintenance, cleaning or cooking skills.

Mostly the help we are looking for would be fairly general with section tidying and gardening / landscaping around the place, clearing tracks down to the water, chopping firewood and maybe a bit of general help around the home. – You may even be asked to cook. The gardening / section tidying is quite hard work as the soil is clay and we’re on a reasonably steep site.

We go into Kerikeri most days and are happy to pick you up and drop you off.

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