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Organic Farm New Zeland

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  • DescriptionINTRODUCTION
    This lodge is situated in a remote rural area, 30km outside Te Anau in Southland. We are a Biogro Certified Organic property. Recently we have reopened our luxury lodge, re-built our organic gardens and the latest addition to our property is organic golf area. We are looking for people who are interested in longer stays 2-3 months where they would like to develop certain skill; e.i. managing large scale organic gardens and organic green keeping and those who would just like to experience remote New Zealand location and do some housekeeping, gardening and landscaping - minimum stay 14 days.

    ABOUT TAKARO
    According to recent Environment Southland report, Takaro is one of the largest, well preserved, high ecological value properties in New Zealand. There are nice frost lands, wetlands and native scrub lands. For anybody who is interested in native environment - Takaro is a perfect place to be.

    MEALS:
    We have a chef who prepares all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have both - meat and vegetarian options available, but we CANNOT cater for any food allergies or special diets (vegan, gluten free, kosher etc).

    FREE TIME:
    In your free time you can explore the area - walk or run along the river, bush bash in the wetlands, exploring Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit locations (both movies have been filmed on the property), in the summer you can dip in the river, or fish if you have a rod, we have couple of bikes available for wwoofers, you can read (we have a small liberary available), play cards with other wwoofers, etc There is no TV. But if you have computer, we have a lot of movies available.

    LAUNDRY:
    We have coin operated laundry - $2 per load. Please bring washing powder/liquid.

    INTERNET:
    Hotspot is available for use in the rooms, but if you have a mobile with 2degrees or spark sim card, you will be able to get reception on some parts of the property.

    HOW TO GET HERE:
    The closes town Te Anau, is 30 km from Takaro. If you have your own transport you can drive to Takaro, if not, we can pick you up in Te Anau and deliver you back when you are due to leave.

    WEATHER
    As we are a bit higher, we have more frosts, but also more sun. In general it can be up to 5 degrees lower temperature than Te Anau. We recommend you have some warm clothes for the mornings.

  • LocationNew Zealand, Southland, Blackmount

  • Work
  • Type of work THE AREAS WE NEED HELP WITH:

    LODGE - we are looking for 3-4 wwoofers to help with general house keeping, service and kitchen help.

    GARDENS - we are looking for one wwoofer who would stay long term (anything from 2 to 5 months) who would learn how to manage large scale organic gardens - to plan sowing, planting, fertelizing, weeding, harvesting, pest management etc... and 2/3 wwoofers who would help with the above jobs.

    GOLF - we are looking for 3 wwoofers who would commit to stay minimum 2-3 months period between September to April, to help with green keeping. A part of the golf is maintained by organic standard. Organic green keeping is fast developing area and in big demand in golf world and well paid. We are looking for people who have ambition in becoming organic green keepers, and want to learn by doing (instead of studying :-)).
  • Hours per day WORK:
    You will work 5 hours daily in exchange for food and accommodation.

  • Work requirements: OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    There is NO smoking & NO alcohol drinking policy at the Lodge as we are a health retreat and we promote healthy living. If you have these habits you can take time at Takaro to detoxify :-).

    Please note that we are commercial setting and it might be very different from staying and helping with family.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum stay is 14 days, but we prefer longer stays - a month or two.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 8
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, Croatian, Slovenian
  • Has pets? We have a cat, a dog and pet calve
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: ACCOMMODATION:
    Staff and wwoofers share the house. The rooms are simple - most of them have bunk beds - 2 people sharing. Showers and toilets are shared. There is a room in the house where wwoofers can social in the evening and prepare tea, coffee during the day. Sometimes they watch movies there, read books, play cards, play guitar. During the winter we usually have 2 or 3 wwoofers and during the summer can have up to 8.
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