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New Plymouth
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1 acre
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 85788
Region: Taranaki

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Last Updated: July 21, 2020

We live on a 1 acre farm 15 minutes from New Plymouth with panoramic mountain and sea views, located next to the Mt Taranaki & Egmont National Park. we are Gary and Deb, we have 4 adult children (all flown the coop) and 8 beautiful grandchildren. Our 3 daughters live in Taranaki, our son lives in USA. We live with our 4 friendly companion dogs who love visitors, one shy cat. Deb (me) loves all things feathered and hatches and rears a variety of heritage chickens.
We are also participants in the annual Taranaki wide Sustainable Garden trail.
Gary is Canadian born and immigrated to NZ when he was 13, I am a born and bred Kiwi. We have both also lived in the UK, Australia and Papua New Guinea. While we lived in the UK we traveled to many countries in Europe. We love meeting and hosting people from all around the world, offering Kiwi hospitality and sharing each others stories.
There is always something to do in our beautiful Provence, Mountain to climb, Surf to surf, many walks to walk, beaches, Parks and Gardens to visit. We also have many annual events from: Americana, Outdoor concerts at The Bowl of Brooklands, summer scene at Pukekura Park, Powerco Garden Festival(includes the Sustainable Garden Trail) just to name a few.

We live 15km from New Plymouth city so your own transport is preferable to enable you to discover Taranaki.
However I do go to town a couple days per week, so can drop off and pick up. Otherwise there is hitch hiking.

Year Round - We require short stay assistance (prefer maximum 5-7 days) with Gardening, Pruning, Chicken House maintenance, and general outdoor work.
September to October - we require assistance to prepare our property and chicken houses for upcoming Garden festival
30th October – 8th November Taranaki wide, Sustainable Gardens Trail- dedicated assistance required to assist us with hosting the many visitors to our property (over 300 last year) so it is preferable to have two people to enable everyone to have a break.

In return we offer 1 double bedroom with very comfortable queen bed (including mountain view) and guest bathroom in return for 4hrs a day work per person, this includes:
Meals (vegetarian options available). Breakfast & lunch are help yourself, dinner preparation is shared. We would really appreciate it if you could cook at least one meal from your country as we enjoy experiencing the flavours of the world.
WIFI
Laundry Facilities
Television
Communal living area shared with us
Kitchen Facilities

The work is seasonal, varied and depends on the skills you can provide.

Also currently we are looking for 3-4 persons to paint our beach bach at Mokau. In return you receive free accommodation at the bach (sleeps 5, and bach rules apply) for two weeks, but you will need to take your own food, refreshments and basics. Please contact us for further information regarding this job

reviews (15)
Helper: Campos Lidia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 20, 2020
What a great time at Deb and Gary's house ! thank you ! They're really welcom... view complete review

Helper: Lolita and Maxime Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 21, 2020
We spent a week in Gary and Deb's place and we loved it. They are very kind, ... view complete review

Helper: Jose Luis Oyarzabal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 12, 2020
I spent two beautiful weeks with Deb and Gary. Work was easy and not stressfu... view complete review

Helper: Guillaume and Robin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 27, 2019
Deb and Gary were perfect host from the arrival till the end. We learned a lo... view complete review

Helper: Clothilde and Mickael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 4, 2019
We stayed only and too short 8days with Deb, Gary and them little most cutest... view complete review

Helper: Ophélie and Baptiste Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 23, 2018
What could we say ? It was our best HELPX since the beginning of our trip! ... view complete review

Helper: Pauline GELIBERT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 13, 2018
I loved my time spent with Deb and Gary. They are so nice, generous and with... view complete review

Helper: Alexandre Habay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: November 21, 2018
I had a really great stay at their place, They are really nice people, My m... view complete review

Helper: Matthieu Leclerc Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 19, 2018
Deb and Gary are very kind people. It was my first helpx and a very good one... view complete review

Helper: Mylene Lavergne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 6, 2018
I definitely had one of my best helpx at Deb and Gary's place. They are both ... view complete review

Helper: Ricard Bargallo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 28, 2018
I can't imagine a better experience in Taranaki without getting to know Deb a... view complete review

Helper: Clément Rousset Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 30, 2018
I spent a perfect week to the Deb & Gary's house. Let's start with the accomo... view complete review

Helper: Helene and Charlotte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 29, 2018
Gary and Deb are really nice people, and we had a wonderful time at their pla... view complete review

Helper: Aurore and Etienne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 25, 2018
Deb and Gary are absolutely lovely! We spent a wonderful week with them and f... view complete review

Helper: Harang Marion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 15, 2018
Sadly I didn't have much time so I only spent 2 and a half days with Deb, Gar... view complete review

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