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Waimauku/Auckland
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 82083
Region: North Auckland

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Last Updated: July 29, 2020

Hello. We have a wonderful 10 acre lifestyle block close to the villages of Waimauku and Kumeu (wine country) in the north west part of Auckland, just 35 mins drive to the city outside of the rush hour and 20 mins drive to the beautiful Muriwai (surf/swim) beach, there are also a few forest walks and cycle ride options nearby.

I can pick up locally if you don`t have your own transport and we can discuss getting out and about during a stay if you`re happy to fit in with whatever plans we can make. It's also possible for you to be dropped of and picked up so you can spend a day sightseeing or on other activities in the city.

Currently I keep a small flock of sheep, I'll be adding to the livestock at some stage.
There is a “young” orchard, vegetable garden & general garden needing attention, as well as the wider property (and home if the weather isn't suitable to be outside).
Ideally I am looking for open minded helpers who want to get involved in our daily lives and help out with a variety of jobs around those areas mentioned... weeding, mowing, mulching, vege growing, orchard, fencing, wood stacking, tidying up, general maintenance etc. and on occasion with the animals.

I have a young daughter who stays with me on alternate weeks so you need to be very comfortable around children and happy to interact as and when. Getting up to help with the morning school run is essential for these weeks. Her grandfather lives on the property in a separate house.

4-5 hours a day (over 5 days) is the expectation for working/helping and I'm happy to discuss when the hours are worked and on which days.
Accommodation is provided in the house with your own bedroom, shared bathroom and living areas. Free Wi-Fi although on a limited data plan so needs to be used with consideration.
I always appreciate offers to help with planning menus, shopping and sharing the cooking; there may be occasions when you`ll need to prepare/cook food for yourself.

Ideally I’d like people who are prepared to stay for a minimum of a week at a time, long-term stays (4 weeks or more) are possible and can be discussed as required. You do need to be trustworthy, responsible and, when necessary, able to work safely on your own.
NB: If you are reclusive, preferring to stay in your room for long periods or are always using your phone, then we are probably not the place for you.
**Non-smokers only please.**

My interests outside the property include hiking, camping and sailing. I am more than happy to share these pursuits with you if they appeal and time allows during your stay.
I look forward to sharing my home and our lovely property with you…

reviews (36)
Helper: Natacha DES Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 5, 2020
I stayed at Steve's for 1 week and he is a loving and caring person. He will... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 27, 2019
My stay with Steve went very well. He’s a very interesting and kind person! ... view complete review

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From: Finland Date: December 17, 2019
I had a wonderful experience with Steve, Rose and Mel. I stayed there for two... view complete review

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From: France Date: November 4, 2019
I stayed at Steve’s place for almost 2 weeks and I really enjoyed my stay at ... view complete review

Helper: Lea Maria Stotz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 18, 2019
Steve made my first days in New Zealand unforgettable! Thank you so much! I h... view complete review

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From: Taiwan Date: October 12, 2019
I stayed for 10 days with Steve, Rose & Mel, it was my first helpx experience... view complete review

Helper: Stefanie Huber Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 26, 2019
I really enjoyed my time with Steve, Rose & Mel. In the morning i played wi... view complete review

Helper: Luise Sieben Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 19, 2019
Steve, Rose and Mel made my time in Auckland unforgettable. It was a big ple... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: August 3, 2019
I spent one week with Steve, Mel and Rose. It was jam packed with fun and exc... view complete review

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From: Austria Date: May 29, 2019
First of all I have to thank Steve for the very nice stay. He and Mel really ... view complete review

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From: Switzerland Date: March 23, 2019
Firstly, sorry for the late review! Secondly, thank you so much for those 10... view complete review

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From: France Date: March 15, 2019
Firstly, I was just me: not really into childrens, cuddles, men's and now I... view complete review

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From: France Date: January 25, 2019
We spent two weeks with Steve, Rose and Mel for the end of the year:) we had ... view complete review

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From: France Date: January 1, 2019
I spent my first three months with steve and his daughter. And i will come ba... view complete review

Helper: Sabrina Handschke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 24, 2018
I had a wonderful week at Steve's home. He is unbelievably caring and tries b... view complete review

Helper: Anjou Vartmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 8, 2018
First of all (Yes, one more time)... Thank you so much, Steve:) Steve was m... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 22, 2018
It was my first homestay at Steve’s house and I am really happy to say that i... view complete review

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From: France Date: September 16, 2018
First time as a Helper! So nice! I'm happy that I had the chance to spend 2 ... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 10, 2018
I stayed with my friend Lena at Steve’s place for one week. It was absolutely... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 6, 2018
Dear Helpers, Dear Steve My friend Fabi and I stayed about 1 week with Ste... view complete review

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From: France Date: August 23, 2018
I stayed with Steve a bit more than two weeks for my first Helpx experience a... view complete review

Helper: Clemence DENIS Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 7, 2018
Steve is a great host, Very listening, patient and pedagogue. I spent 2 great... view complete review

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From: France Date: July 5, 2018
I stayed with Steve, Rose and Mel for two weeks and it was my first HelpX exp... view complete review

Helper: Delphine MORIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 30, 2018
Steve`s home is a nice and peaceful place. My bedroom was comfy and clean. Yo... view complete review

Helper: Aniquah Stevenson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 9, 2018
I had a great stay with Steve, Rosie and Snowflake the sheep! Steve is kin... view complete review

Helper: Pauline Blais Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 9, 2018
Steve is a good host, really nice and helpful. If you have a lot of trouble w... view complete review

Helper: Breton Hélène Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 3, 2018
From: France Date: June 3, 2018 Première expérience helpx pour moi Steve es... view complete review

Helper: Breton Hélène Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 3, 2018
Première expérience helpx pour moi Steve est un super hôte Le travail n'est... view complete review

Helper: Laura Claussen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 26, 2018
I stayed one week with Steve, Rose and Mel. It was school holidays, so we... view complete review

Helper: Alissa Sonntag Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 14, 2018
I had a great time with Steve, Mel and Rose! I spent one week with them and I... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: April 21, 2018
This was my first helpx experience and I really enjoyed it! I stayed 10 da... view complete review

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From: China Date: April 15, 2018
This is my first helpx experience. And that gives me very good impression abo... view complete review

Helper: Marion Guilloteau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 27, 2018
My first helpx was perfect ! This is a lovely place. It’s peaceful and Steve ... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: March 20, 2018
This was my first helpx stay and I enjoyed it a lot! Steve is great, he talks... view complete review

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From: France Date: March 8, 2018
I only got to stay one week at Steve's and really I could have stayed longer ... view complete review

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From: Hong Kong Date: February 16, 2018
I stayed in Steve's home for 1 week. Steve family is very friendly. The li... view complete review

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