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Pukekohe
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3.1
Persons: 1-2 occasionally 4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 826
Region: Auckland

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Last Updated: January 15, 2020

Macadamia growing and processing. Nut harvesting and dehusking finished for this season, other farm work which is generally relatively light still going on. Garden is always in need of attention. Gutters need cleaning! Restoration of a 1936 Alvis car with wooden framed body with steel skin, making slow progress. As well as 400 mature Macadamia trees there are three adult kunekune pigs, and two talkative young piglets, three sheep and some clucky Bantam hens. 4 hours help per day, very relaxed atmosphere. we prefer people who have at least 5 years life experience since leaving school. Our guide dog Yasmin has now graduated and is assisting a blind person and we are very proud of her. We are retired health professionals and enjoy lots of good conversation at the dinner table! Bombay and Pukekohe within walking distance for energetic walkers, otherwise, own transport is an advantage, easy access to Auckland exists via trains from Pukekohe.

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Helper: Marie and Kevin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 13, 2019
We really enjoyed our stay at Virginia and Charles house. Virginia has been ... view complete review

Helper: kun wu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 2, 2018
8 days there with the family. It’s a special experience I never tried before.... view complete review

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Helper: Jonas Sauer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2018
Sorry for the late review Virginia and Charles! I spent 5 days with Charles ... view complete review

Helper: Camille and Paul Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 24, 2017
We spent 5 days with Virginia and Charles in their beautiful house and it was... view complete review

Helper: Soizic and Matthieu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 12, 2017
We spent first 3 weeks, then another week at Charles and Virginia's during ou... view complete review

Helper: Marc Badia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 23, 2016
My experience staying at the Chineka Macadamias farm was just amazing. It was... view complete review

Helper: Zuzana Prochazkova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: October 27, 2016
Sorry for very very very late review. I have stayed with Virginia and Charles... view complete review

Helper: Vincent and Estelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 27, 2016
We just spent a wonderful week at Virginia and Charles'house ! We did not on... view complete review

Helper: Sophie HE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 2, 2016
I had spent six weeks in this beautiful place, which was my first helpx exper... view complete review

Helper: Kim Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 19, 2016
I’m stay 1 month 1/2 with Charles en Virginia. I had a very good time in chin... view complete review

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Helper: Taifeng Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 5, 2016
Thank you very much for having me and my family, Charles and Virgina. I had e... view complete review

Helper: Rachel Clark Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 1, 2016
Had a lovely first helpx with Charles and Virginia! So much to learn on the f... view complete review

Helper: Guillaume and Marion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 18, 2015
Charles and Virginia are great hosts ! They are very nice and helpful. There ... view complete review

Helper: Yoann and Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 18, 2015
at the beginning we planned to stay 2 weeks and we stayed 1 month with Virgin... view complete review

Helper: Matthieu and Laure Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 28, 2015
We were supposed to stay only 2weeks in chineka home. We found this woofing 4... view complete review

Helper: Felix Kerber Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 15, 2014
I stayed for 2 weeks at Virgina's and Charles' place. Besides working on the... view complete review

Helper: Jacqueline Janocha Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 24, 2014
I stayed for almost three weeks at the house from Virginia and Charles. It wa... view complete review

Helper: Etienne and Gladys Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 16, 2014
Wonderful week in the Warren family, for our first experience in HelpX! Vir... view complete review

Helper: Brenda Coffin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 14, 2014
This is really belated, but I had an amazing time at Chineka with Virginia an... view complete review

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Helper: Alice and Vincent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 15, 2013
We spent our 2 first HelpX weeks at Chineka, which was a very nice experience... view complete review

Helper: Yuan Ye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 20, 2013
I have stayed with Virgina&Charles for 9 days,they're nice people and always ... view complete review

Helper: Elodie Schuhmacher Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 30, 2013
Hi, I stayed one month with Virginia and Charles and I had a wonderfull time... view complete review

Helper: Hugo and Marine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 5, 2013
Thank you very much Virginia for the great week we had at your place! Even if... view complete review

Helper: Johanna Filla Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 27, 2013
I stayed with Virginia and Charles for one week and loved it as they are very... view complete review

Helper: Yu tong bin and Chen xingying Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 4, 2012
This is our first helpex host, which I highly recommand for you to start lear... view complete review

Helper: Yanchao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 3, 2012
MACADAMIA NUTS!!! I haven't think that I would harvest them myself!! It's rea... view complete review

Helper: Alberto de Forca Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: February 7, 2011
I had a fantastic time with Virginia and Charles. I stayed with them for over... view complete review

Helper: Marta and Diego Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 3, 2010
This was out first HelpX experience ever. We were afraid about it, but we spe... view complete review

Helper: Eva Alvaredo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 2, 2010
I spent 3 weeks in November with Charles and Virginia Warren. Virginia made m... view complete review

Helper: Stefan Hergert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 25, 2010
It has been a wonderful stay with Virginia and Charles. They are both very in... view complete review

Helper: Chia Juan and Yuet Ying Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Malaysia Date: November 6, 2010
We get to experience the real New Zealand up close sooner than we expected, a... view complete review

Helper: Daan Willems Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: October 18, 2010
I’ve stayed with Virginia and Charles for a bit over two weeks. It was my fir... view complete review

Helper: Sam Sigournay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 17, 2010
This was my 1st helpx experiance. The place was brilliant, and Virginia coul... view complete review

Helper: Cécile and Bénédicte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 14, 2010
We've stayed two weeks here, at the beginning of our NZ trip, and we could ha... view complete review

Helper: Meagan buratto Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 5, 2010
Couldn't have asked for a better first farm stay- Virginia and Charles are so... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer and Eric Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: December 24, 2009
We stayed with Virginia and Charles for 2 weeks in November and really enjoye... view complete review

Helper: Chung yi Sin Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Hong Kong Date: December 3, 2009
I have been staying with Virginia and Charles for 2 weeks. It is great place ... view complete review

Helper: Leen De Temmerman Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Belgium Date: December 1, 2009
I just agree with all the comments. Charles and Virginia are very nice people... view complete review

Helper: Lukas bender Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: November 25, 2009
I had a very nice time with Virginia and Charles. They can tell you about al... view complete review

Helper: Anna Dyck Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: November 22, 2009
I have been staying with Virginia and Charles for full 3 weeks in November 20... view complete review

Helper: Natalie Jaeger Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: September 3, 2009
I had the great privilage to stay with the Warrens last year, for a couple of... view complete review

Helper: Mark and Katy Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: March 23, 2009
We stayed in Pukekohe with Charles and Virginia for just over a week and had ... view complete review

Helper: Claire Nix Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Ireland Date: March 2, 2009
Hi there, Well what can I say about this wonderful nut farm and two of the... view complete review

Helper: Margreet and David Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Netherlands Date: February 24, 2009
Get to know Charles and Virginia, they are very friendly people indeed. It is... view complete review

Helper: James Johnston Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 29, 2009
WOW, what a WONDERFUL Experience!!! Where should I start? First off, I just n... view complete review

Helper: Jan and Romana Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Slovakia Date: November 9, 2008
It is beautiful place not far from Auckland, where the atsmophere is always p... view complete review

Helper: John Welsh Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: March 19, 2008
Great place to stay. This was my last week before I leave the country and wha... view complete review

Helper: Christoph Schmidt Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: August 12, 2007
I stayed 10 days and I really enjoyed it- especially preparing meal together,... view complete review

Helper: Amanda and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: June 10, 2007
We stayed with Virginia and Charles for a week and it was a fantastic experie... view complete review

Helper: Jana klorek Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: January 7, 2007
a GREAT PLACE TO STAY!!!! Virginia and charles are very nice persons. i real... view complete review

Helper: Marc Lauterbach Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: December 26, 2006
Hi, I stayed there for 2 1/2 weeks. It is really a nice place. It was rea... view complete review

Helper: Alison Croney Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 6, 2006
We just finished a four day stay with the Warrens, very nice people. Our job... view complete review

Helper: Betty Cho Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: April 1, 2006
I stayed with Virginia and Charles for nearly 3 weeks and really enjoyed my t... view complete review

Helper: Nadja Hertenstein Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: January 12, 2006
I stayed with these two amazing people in October 2005 for a bit more than 3 ... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Grear Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: October 5, 2005
i agree with the above totally. A great place with very friendly people. Lear... view complete review

Helper: Greg Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 2, 2004
I have been staying here at chineka orchard since i arrived in NZ which is al... view complete review

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