HelpX originated in New Zealand in early 2001 then based in Christchurch. Canterbury is still the region with the most hosts. Help Exchange hosts are often lifestylers with blocks of land with plenty going on that they need a bit of extra help when they can. They are usually very friendly people and enjoy the company of helping visitors. In return for a few hours help a day they offer accommodation and food in return as well as usually an interesting experience. Some only offer accommodation and therefore usually ask for less help in return. Every host is different so its a good idea to ask them any questions you might have that are not covered in their host listing.
In order to participate in HelpX you need to sign up as either a host or helper and create your own updatable listing or profile. Its free to do so but ideally you need to upgrade to a premier member in order to take advantage of all that HelpX has to offer.
The HelpX New Zealand network hosts are grouped into regions for ease of use but there is also a very extensive search facility to help you find the kind of hosts in the regions you wish to visit. The regions are listed from north to south and are listed below together with popular towns and places.
Northland: Bay of Islands, Paihia, Russell, Whangarei
Auckland: Warkworth, Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands
Coromandel: Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Thames
Waikato: Hamilton, Raglan, Waitomo
Bay of Plenty: Rotorua, Tauranga, Te Puke, Whakatane, Opotiki
Central North Island: Taupo, Turangi, Tongariro, Ohakune
East Cape: Gisbourne
Hawkes Bay: Napier, Hastings
Taranaki: New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki
Lower North Island: Paraparaumu, Otaki, Kapiti Island
Wellington: Capital city, Te Papa
Marlborough: Picton, Blenheim, Marlborough Sounds
Nelson: Nelson, Motueka, Abel Tasman
Golden Bay: Takaka, Collingwood
West Coast: Greymonth, Westport, Hokitika
Canterbury: Christchurch, Akaroa
Central South Island: Timaru, Oamaru
Otago: Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin
Southland: Invercargil, Catlins, Stewart Island
To browse New Zealand hosts as a non-member click here.