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Kerikeri
All Year: see note*
Area (ha): 0.5
Persons: couple
Category: Other
Host ID: 6707
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: May 7, 2019


I live about 12km north of Kerikeri, in a small house with a big wild garden. A stream runs through it, and there are many birds and insects. Lots of unusual plants. So, I especially welcome people who are interested in plants, organic gardening, and the natural world. I have a dog and Araucana chickens, which lay blue-shelled eggs. It's too far to walk to Kerikeri, so if you don't have a vehicle, you may feel isolated, though I'm near the highway so it's possible to hitchhike. By car it's about 10 minutes to Kerikeri; maybe 15 minutes to Puketi forest; 20 minutes to beaches. There are also glow-worm caves, and hot pools, within about half an hour's drive

I prefer to host couples who are fit, happy, independent, and have good practical skills. Most of the work which needs doing is in the garden. There's also some painting to be done, and firewood to be cut, split and stacked. There are lots of half-finished projects - your help will be appreciated! The work goes faster and is more enjoyable when it's done with other people.

Your accommodation is in a private cottage, a converted cowshed, (see picture #1) with a living room and kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. One queen-size bed. (This was where my daughter lived before she married.) Limited wifi available, at the main house only.

Helpers work three hours a day, plus cleaning their accommodation. In return I supply breakfast; we eat morning tea and lunch together; and you provide & cook your own dinner (we usually eat at least one dinner together). Usually people arrive in the afternoon and don't do any work that day, but do a little work and clean the accommodation thoroughly on the day they leave.

Please inform me if you are gluten-free or dairy-free, or have any other special requirements, when you first contact me.

Your stay will be about a week, which may be extended if we're all happy. Non-smoking household.

I enjoy hosting people on their journeys, as our family lived aboard a small yacht for 19 years, working our way around the world. I like to feel that I'm paying forward the kindnesses that we received.

A tip for travellers: don't park your car under gum (eucalyptus) trees - they can drop large branches without warning!

I have just been given some Eucalyptus branches for firewood so would especially welcome helpers with good chainsaw skills!

reviews (23)
Helper: Esther and Albert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 14, 2018
Jessie is a welcoming and gentle woman. She is interesting and a very good ... view complete review

Helper: Cheryl and Murray Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 18, 2018
We stayed a little under two weeks with Jessie and, in a word it was wonderfu... view complete review

Helper: Valentin and Elodie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 19, 2017
We spent 12 days with Jessie and Luna. It was a real pleasure to be at this p... view complete review

Helper: Ingolf and Elke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 31, 2016
In mid December 2016 we had been together with Jessie for about 2 weeks. J... view complete review

Helper: John and Carolyn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 25, 2016
This was our first experience of Helpx in New Zealand and what a marvellous e... view complete review

Helper: Laure and Victor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 18, 2016
After one month of HelpX, we are very happy of our meeting. We were well rec... view complete review

Helper: Myriam Lacroix Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 16, 2015
I spent only a few days at Jessie’s place house-sitting and it was lovely. Sh... view complete review

Helper: Anis and Marilona Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 9, 2015
Jessie was a great host! She care about our comfort all along and proposed us... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie and Casey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 13, 2015
We stayed with Jessie & Gary for a week in April & had a great time. The cow ... view complete review

Helper: Vincent and Laurie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 30, 2015
We worked 3 hours a day for 6 days at Jessie's. We had a lovely place for us ... view complete review

Helper: Fabian and Cassandre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 11, 2015
We spent a lovely time at Jessie's place during a couple of days. The garden ... view complete review

Helper: Tara and Kevin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 26, 2014
We are very grateful to Jessie for her generosity and warmth. We had a nice l... view complete review

Helper: Raphael and Lucile Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 20, 2014
We spent one week with Jessie. It was a very good week working in its beautif... view complete review

Helper: Ryan and Elliot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 25, 2014
Highly l have very great memories of the time we spent at Jessie, Gary, Oso, ... view complete review

Helper: Jean and Stephanie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 23, 2013
Our two weeks at Jessie and Gary's house were really amazing ! The work was i... view complete review

Helper: Ruth and Alan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: January 28, 2013
We had a delightful time staying with Jessie and Gary. Lots of fun and laught... view complete review

Helper: Olivia and Adam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 16, 2013
We had a great week at Jess and Gary's. We learnt a lot about all the differe... view complete review

Helper: Sarah and Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 10, 2012
We stayed with Jessie and Gary for 2 weeks and loved every minute! We felt so... view complete review

Helper: Lucie and Jan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: March 28, 2012
We spent with Jessie, Gary and their clever dogs Luna and Oso 10 wonderful da... view complete review

Helper: Carole and Chris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: March 14, 2011
We had a great stay with Jessie and Gary. The garden is a magical place and w... view complete review

Helper: Helen and Roger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 13, 2011
We stayed with Jess and Gary and their two friendly dogs for 5 nights in Janu... view complete review

Helper: Josh and Amelie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 12, 2011
We stayed with Jess and Gary for a week and we had a great time, we wish we c... view complete review

Helper: Nic and Lainey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 5, 2010
Staying with Jessie and Gary was awesome. They are such nice people and we c... view complete review

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