| Canterbury/Christchurch, South Island|
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru
Activities: Sheep and cattle. General farm work, gardening and whatever project we have on at the time.
Comments: Our son runs one farm and we run the home farm at Goughs Bay. Stay in house or separate sleepout. Pick up from Akaroa (25 min) to Goughs Bay. Valley with private beach (seals, penguins, bird life, surfing, swimming & fishing).
Hobbies: Horse riding, multi-sport racing, kayaking, swimming and all sports.
Activities: 2 properties. 4ha block near Christchurch (airport 12 min): specialist tree nursery with hazels, walnuts & heritage fruit trees. 40 ha near Akaroa: cattle grazing farm. Help with general farm and garden work.
Comments: 2 daughters mostly live away working but sometimes home. Stay in separate room in adobe house at Christchurch property. Own transport preferred but can pick up if necessary. Good vegetable garden & local food. Great beaches, many walking tracks & places to explore near Akaroa property.
Hobbies: Bee keeping, gardening, crafts & tramping.
Activities: Beef farm, trees and a few sheep. Help with light seasonal work, household duties and gardening.
Comments: Visitors stay in house with couple, no children. Candlemaker by trade. Near Waipara wine area, 40 min to Christchurch, 40 min to Hamner Springs Thermal Pools. No vegetarians. Collection from Amberly or Christchurch can be made by arrangement depending on time of week.
Hobbies: Kayaking, gardening, photography, wine, home brew and German Shepard dogs.
Activities: Orchard cherries, apricots, free range chickens, sheep, cows, bees, ducks, dogs, gardening. Showjumping ponies and horse stud (not for riding) handling young horses and foals. Learn fruit preservation jams and chutneys also cheese making.
Comments: No children at home, grandchildren visit weekly. Stay in own room in the main house or outbuildings, bathroom shared with other helper. Near tourist and wine areas, beaches & historic house. Amberley nearest village, Christchurch 50km, Hanmer Springs & Kaikoura 1 hr.
Hobbies: Horses, dogs, bush walking, beach & fishing.
Activities: Truffiere, truffles cultivated on oak trees. Help weeding, weed whacking, mowing, fertilizing and pruning. Seasonal jobs.
Comments: Couple, no children with 2 truffle dogs of course! Stay in our house with a bedroom with ensuite bathroom (double bed). For bigger groups traveling together I could organise other accommodation close by. Near wineries, bike trail, amazing walks. Hanmer and Christchurch 1 hr. Quite often there is an extra truck for use as well.
Hobbies: Gardening, trail running, dog training, hunting.
JB & RT
Activities: Appaloosa/miniature horse stud, other stock & animals. Horse experience an advantage & love for animals. Help in garden.
Comments: Own room in homestead, lovely big garden. Usually only myself here during the week, partner home weekends.
Hobbies: Horses & nice wine.
Activities: Work with cattle, pigs, engineering, gardening housework and general farm duties.
Comments: 3 teenage boys, busy household. Mt Hutt ski field 20 min. Closest towns Ashburton, Methven and Geraldine.
Hobbies: Soccer, rugby, cricket, swimming and fishing.
Activities: Beef farm. Help (about 3 hr/day) mostly gardening and housework only a little farm work.
Comments: Helpers live in house, in their own bedroom with ensuite. We live in the foothills close to tramping tracks & bush walks. Mt Hutt ski field access road 15min, lakes & fishing 30min. Nearest town is Methven, can pick up.
Hobbies: include flying, walking, gardening, travel, skiing, rugby.
Activities: Horses, cattle and sometimes sheep. Require help in large gardens and some work around the house.
Comments: Couple with 2 young children. We have two spare bedrooms both with queen beds and their own ensuites. Pick up from Methven if required. Near walking tracks, mountain biking, Mount Hutt ski field.
Hobbies: Horse riding, skiing, snow boarding, mountain biking & tramping.
Activities: High country station - 15000 merino sheep, beef cattle & deer. Help with general farm work (feeding stock, lambing, shearing etc), maintenance (painting, fencing, gardening) and work around the house; depends on time of year. "Have a go" attitude required
Comments: 1 primary aged and 2 teenage children. Self-contained shearers quarters, meals with the family, not usually vegetarian but great high country fare. Ashburton 80km, Mt Somers village 32km (20min), Christchurch 2 hr. Own transport required. Mt Hutt (skiing) 45min & lakes (fishing, swimming etc) minutes away. Tramping, kayaking, hunting, horse riding nearby. Snow in winter, hot sunny summers.
Hobbies: Tramping, hunting, fishing, horseriding, family time, outdoors & sports.
Activities: Small organic farm & riding school - chickens, cow, calves, horses, dogs, cats and few sheep. Working toward self sufficiency. Varied work - animal & plant care, propagation, gardening, general maintenance, basic mechanical work and basic construction, c
Comments: Stay in warm caravan with shared amenities. 30 min: Lord of Rings film location; Mt Hutt ski field; tramping tracks; skydiving. 10 min: fishing river, stone chapel, domain, swimming pool & tennis courts. Pick up nearest town Mayfield (preferred) 13km or Ashburton or Geraldine.
Hobbies: Horses, motorbikes, 4wheel driving, board games, DVDs, sky television, books, tennis and birds.
Activities: Sheep & beef farm. Tailing lambs, help in sheep yards, gardening, wood splitting, farm maintenance.
Comments: Married couple with 2 children, stay in farm cottage. Cheviot 30 min.
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, natural horsemanship & socializing.
Activities: We have young heifers and calves, chickens, large organic vegetable garden and orchard. Help with feeding out hay, tending the garden, collecting fruit/eggs and development work on the property.
Comments: 3 young children, Gordon New Zealander & Emi Japanese. Farm on fertile flat land + Hurunui river mouth coast block. Activities we can provide: Forest walkway, canoeing, river boating, fishing, seal colony & nearby surfing! Stay in private comfortable cabin with basin, meals are shared in our home. We love cooking and always provide a great dining experience. Wi-Fi high-speed internet.
Hobbies: Fishing, cooking & canoeing.
Activities: Vineyard with restaurant/function business. Help in vineyard, gardening, lawn mowing, painting & general maintenance.
Comments: Busy family with two teenage children. Accommodation in sleepout with detached bathroom. Evening meal with family, prepare own breakfast and lunch. Strictly no smokers. Bus timetable erratic so own transport best. 20 mins to city on main road.
Hobbies: Gardening, family, Super 14 Rugby, dining out when time.
Activities: Mainly cut-flower growing, but also horses. Weeding in tunnel houses, picking and bunching flowers, preparing new crops and removing old ones; also helping with fencing and other such farm chores.
Comments: Non smokers. Accommodation with en suite bathroom. 15 min by car and half-hour by bus from city centre.
Activities: Hobby farm, chooks, extensive garden & many fruit/nut trees. Help in garden (plant, harvest, weed), tree pruning, wood chopping, painting, building maintenance, cooking, housework, preserving, may help in vineyard or winery. Handyperson experience useful
Comments: There are two houses on the property; I occupy one and the other is occupied by Scott & Celine who run a winery on site. You would sleep in their house (private room) but use facilities in mine. We are outgoing professional people with usually other helpers on site working in the winery. Property has stream boundary. Christchurch 20 min, Lincoln 10 min. Cat friendly. Smoke free.
Hobbies: Organic gardening, quilting, travelling.
Activities: Hobby farm: large vegetable patch and variety of animals. Work includes light farm duties and gardening and is suitable for those with no farm experience. May plant a native tree on our property to help offset your carbon footprint. Not available till Se
Comments: We have 3 children. Bus available from Lincoln 5km to Christchurch 25 min. Stay in fully self-contained one bedroom flat; self-catering. Bikes & swimming pool available. Near Port Hills (walking or cycling), bird-watching on lake, Akaroa swimming with dolphins, cafes etc.
Activities: Horse breeding property with 2 stallions standing at stud. General help - painting, gardening & property tidying. Help with horses - grooming, handling etc. Horse riding available if a very experienced rider.
Comments: Couple, children have left home; 2 Boxer dogs & cat. Stay in own large room with shared bathroom. Pick-up from Christchurch 15 min or airport 10 min. Easy to get on with laid-back lifestyle.
Hobbies: Horses, outdoors & reading a good book.
Activities: Large hill garden. Prunning, weeding, spraying, cutting firewood, landscaping, planting, painting, garden art creation, general light housework and cooking. *can take more people for a short period if a single group.
Comments: Teenager stays at times. Visitors stay in our home. No smoking in our home. Garden set amongst several acres on the Port Hills in Christchurch. 10 mins from town by bus, bustop 5 mins walk from home.
Hobbies: Gardening, walking and astronomy.
Activities: Lifestyle block - sheep, chickens. Pruning, weeding, picking hazelnuts, planting, watering native trees & general farm work.
Comments: German and Kiwi couple with school aged son, dog and gold fish. Stay in own double bedroom and ensuite. Secluded valley at mountain foothills, close to good swimming, kayaking, hiking & mountain biking. We enjoy good healthy food, self made bread & baking. We encourage the guests to cook if they wish. Own car preferable but can arrange pick up from closest town - Taitapu.
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, horse riding, kayaking, travel, movies & music.
Activities: Hobby farm: cattle, calves, alpacas, 2 horses, 2 dogs & 2 cats. Working towards organic environment. Help with general farm work, stock, garden, weed control & housework. Must love animals please. Also maintain a holiday home in Kaikoura.
Comments: Couple with no children at home. Also electronic business on the property separate from house. Own private guest room in the house & own bathroom. Gluten free option. Kaiapoi 3 min, central Christchurch 20 min. Bus stop close by and lifts to town.
Hobbies: Mountain bike, walking, gardening, working with animals, sightseeing, bible study, volunteer helping the elderly.
Activities: Cattle, sheep, alpaca's, miniature horses, pigs, chickens, large vege garden, milking cow.
Comments: Couple in 60s. Visitors will have their own room with ensuite. 3 meals/day, one day off/ week. Near lots of good bush walks.
Hobbies: Making homemade beer & cheese.
Activities: Rare breeds farm: over 40 breeds & 20 species all cool & friendly. Help feeding animals, cleaning out pens, walking our alpacas, horse and donkey and grooming them, general farm work. If you can build me a shed that would be cool also.
Comments: Can pick up/drop off at bus stop by arrangement. Cell phone ok, limited internet access. NON smoker preferred. Teenagers at home. Good conversation & healthy food.
Hobbies: Animal care/training for shows & events. Sheep wool and alpaca fibre crafts.
Activities: Sheep & cattle farming, raise calves etc. Looking for a couple to come and farm sit while we go away on holiday. Their main tasks will be to look after the pets and farm dogs. There could also be a number of calves to feed.
Comments: No children are left at home although we do have a variety of pets. We live in a large old house with swimming pool & tennis court. You have your own bedroom. Fairlie is 8km, bottom of the ski field 15 min.
Hobbies: Dog trialling & travel.
Activities: Sheep, beef, deer farm. Work is dependant on your practical nature & abilities otherwise gardening & things to do around the home section.
Comments: Situated in flat, rolling and tussockland 8 km from Fairlie. 2 hrs from Christchurch, near 3 great ski fields, rivers and lakes. We have a small business with our self contained cottage. Visitors either live in this cottage if not in use or in sleepout by house. 4 children have all left home but one working with us.
Hobbies: We enjoy meeting people & appreciate help in return for stay.
Activities: Sheep 1000, deer 800 and beef 600 and a small arable operation. Help with every day stock work, and general farm maintenance. Gardening and also help in the house. We also run a farm-stay cottage. Lambing late Sept, then tailing, drenching and shearing et
Comments: Children have left home. Stay in our in our home with separate bathroom, or in a self contained cottage with all the food will be provided, if advance arrangement . Near 2 ski fields, popular mountain biking area and native forest at our boundary. We can pick up from Fairlie, 12km, which has a regular bus service. Rolling hills with beautiful views from mountains to sea.
Hobbies: Waterskiing, jet boating, golf, photography and gardening . Meeting people from all cultures, some we have returned the visit.
Activities: Small scale beef, 30ha forestry block, backpackers, bed & breakfast. Help with provision of our own food from farm, garden etc. Work depends on skills & strength - domestic chores, firewood, gardening, weed removal, fencing, stock work and forestry work.
Comments: Christian couple with 2 grown children. Variety of rooms available, negotiated according to circumstances and availability. We hope you enjoy our Christian values.
Hobbies: 16 foot Canadian canoe, horses (riding experience dependant), skiing, tramping, river swimming, sewing.
Activities: Fruit, nut & olive orchard. Tasks: orchard, gardening, weeding, planting, harvesting, house clean, kitchen & laundry work.
Comments: Spectacular views of mountains and rivers. Stay in separate cottage with bathroom and shower. Near many outdoor activities & thermal hot pools. Christchurch & Kaikoura 1.5 hr. Must have own transportation, adequate clothing & footwear for outdoor work, able to speak English, be in good health & physical condition.
Hobbies: Tramping, hot pools, horseback riding, river rafting, fishing & mountain biking.
Activities: Lifestyle farm. Alpacas, chickens, dogs & Wilbur - KuniKuni pig who sits for fruit. Help with caring for animals, gardening, fencing, painting, housework.
Comments: Household of 2 adults. One working fulltime. Must be reasonably independent. Stay in bedroom in house, shared bathroom. Encouraged to cook for yourself, simple home-cooked meals. No smoking home. English spoken. Christchurch Airport 5 min. You are welcome to use bikes.
Hobbies: Skiing, gardening, travel.
Activities: Small scale family run dairy farm. Focus on outdoor lifestyle. Mainly help with child care and domestic duties but open to helpers who want to learn the classic NZ grass fed dairy system.
Comments: Self contained 2 bedroom warm and cosy cottage. Wifi at main house. All food supplied. Potential use of a vehicle. Three young children with many pets. Close to ski fields, Darfield closest town, bus pick ups from Rolleston.
Hobbies: Skiing, mountain biking, horses & rafting.
Activities: Gardening and establishing gardens, caring for animals/stock.
Comments: 2 primary aged children at home. Accommodation within the family home, double/single bunk in double room, Wifi access available, meals included. Close to Woodend, Rangiora and Kaiapoi all with bus routes to Christchurch. Local beaches, rivers, mountain bike tracks.
Activities: Holiday accommodation business. Duties include cleaning units, gardening, house-keeping, house work, etc. There are motels on site.
Comments: Visitors have own room. Opposite Pacific Ocean, about 1 km from town centre. Pick up at Kaikoura bus stop or train station. Kaikoura activities: whale watching, swimming with dolphins or seals, fishing, kayaking, etc.
Activities: 360 cow dairy farm. At present creating a new garden around a new house. Wanting to cook would be great.
Comments: Stay in own room & own bathroom. Adult sons live close by. Nearest town is Lincoln, bus from Christchurch.
Hobbies: Running, rugby, fishing & cycling.
Activities: Horse/pony breeding: Haflingers - currently stand the only Haflinger stud Stallion in NZ. Mai tasks: care of the horses, maintenance of the facilities and the grounds. Some gardening, property maintenance. Horses and ponies may be available to ride in th
Comments: We offer plenty of good food and warm accommodation. Smokers must smoke outside. Can pick up from Christchurch by arrangement. Visitors have access to Christchurch. Email contact preferred.
Hobbies: Horses & travel.
Activities: Hobby farm. Help feeding & cleaning animals & their housing, gardening, exercise, grooming & maintaining our many horses & ponies.
Comments: Easy going couple with 2 preteens. Tony works in town, Bronwyn runs the farm. Child friendly farm, we have paying guests visiting our farm. Stay in a clean tidy caravan, free WIFI, meals provided. Horse riding or learning a bonus after jobs are done. Can collect from Christchurch.
Hobbies: Horse riding (road, beach, forest), cross country or show jumping, dressage and schooling. Hunting, motorbikes & mountain biking.
Activities: A developing organic farm with a small number of livestock.
Comments: Couple living about 22 km from Rangiora with stunning views all around us. Near many hill walks, mountain bike tracks and horse treks. Will cater to any kind of diets and will be happy to take you places.
Hobbies: Musicians ukuleles.
Activities: Conference and holiday centre accommodation (120 guests & 40 campers). School groups, community groups, weddings etc. Help developing wilderness campsite, gardening, firewood, maintenance, and painting.
Comments: 1 school age child. Own room in a variety of options. Own transport preferred. Beautiful native bush setting, swimming pool available. Oxford 15 min, Christchurch 60 min. Near mount Thomas Forest.
Hobbies: Swimming, tramping, mountain biking & hunting.
FG & ES
Activities: Wide range of animals, from rabbits to goats, dogs, calves and horses all need love and care. Help on farm and in house in exchange for accommodation, breakfast and dinner.
Comments: We are a young Kiwi-Swiss family with three children ranging from baby to school age. We are located in the small but vibrant town of Oxford, close to many outdoor recreations. You have a double room with bathroom across the hallway, free WiFi.
Activities: General house and garden work.
Comments: 2 children at home, 1 at boarding school. Have own room, shower and toilet. Can collect from nearest town is Timaru (25 mins away).
Hobbies: Walking, fishing, family sports, gardening, tennis.
Activities: 680 cows with rotary milking shed. Help with general farm duties depending on experience. Could be full time paid work for the right person or for couple if interested in an aupair type position for our children.
Comments: Stay with us in our 4 bedroom house. Spare car available to use. We are a young fun couple visitors with 3 children. We really enjoy meeting people from around the world.
Hobbies: Rugby, horses, sports, anything and everything!
Activities: Fancy lettuce grown in plastic shade houses year round. 3 horses, 2 dogs & cat. Help 2 hr/day in garden & landscaping.
Comments: American Barn style home, 4 brm & 2 bathrooms. View of the alps, not far from nearest big town. Close to river for swimming etc, Mt Hutt ski field 45 min.
Hobbies: Horses, trekking (with tent) to nearby Cust or Oxford villages.
Activities: Breeding Dexter cows & Angora goats; also horses pigs chickens dogs cats birds fish etc. I milk house cow daily for fresh milk & ice cream. Help with feeding out to animals and cutting & burning a gorse hedge to be replaced with a fence and trees.
Comments: Husband & wife, often have international students attending school here staying with us for a year. Stay in the house, full accommodation food washing will be done for you. Rangiora 5 min, Christchurch 40 min.
Hobbies: Horse riding, walking dogs, animal work, motorbike riding.
Activities: Market Garden growing a large range of fruit & vegetables for Farmers markets in Canterbury. Activities include planting and harvesting of crops, helping out at farmers markets.
Comments: Busy family with 2 preschool aged children. Weekends spent running stalls at local Farmers markets. Visitors have own room, with facilities shared with family. Can collect from Christchurch 35-40 min. Amberley & Rangiora 10 min, Waipara Wine region 20 min.
Hobbies: Snow skiing, mountain biking, rugby, scuba diving & beach going.
Activities: 1 person operated, Standardbred (harness) racehorse breeding farm & occasional harness race training - previous skills in this area not necessary. No riding horses. Help prepare & present yearlings for auction, educating foals, general farmwork, occasiona
Comments: Couple, children left home. Stay in modern, comfortable family home or if preferred in a sleep-out. Farm in the out-skirts of Christchurch city. Near many tourist attractions especially out-doors. Time available to visit attractions.
Activities: Beef & deer farm. Work varied depending on skills, may include: stock work, fencing, building, irrigation, gardening & general farm work.
Comments: You will have your own room in our house with shared meals. Pleasant Point 5 min and Timaru 20 min. Happy to pick up from bus stop.
Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, hunting.
Activities: Large scale commercial dairy irrigation farm, milking 800 cows. Assist our friendly and hard working team. Main task getting two milking herds from paddocks to our dairy shed for milking. Also weed control, assisting stock work around farm and calf rearin
Comments: Accommodation shared kitchen & bathroom, single bedroom, free Wifi connection with an allowance to buy food on your own. Married couple and 2 young sons, easy going people.
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, skiing & badminton.
JL & AS
Activities: Dairy farm. Help with child care and house keeping.
Comments: 2 preschool children.
RY & LH
Activities: Events centre eg weddings in historic homestead with farm (sheep/horses grazing) & 5 ha gardens. Mainly assist with gardens & ground maintenance. Also may assist in the daily cleaning/maintenance of the homestead & church.
Comments: Stay in self-contained flat or main house, meals at the main house. Can pick-up from Timaru centre, 10 min.
Activities: 3700 sheep, 150 cattle and some crop. Lambing Sept, tailing Oct, shear and wean Dec, haymaking in Jan and harvest Feb.
Comments: Two adult boys at home. Limestone outcrops and famous rock drawings in our valley. Timaru 32km, Fairlie 40km for bus. Pleasant Point 12 km nearest town. We have sleep-out with ensuite, all meals in house and live as family. Time off to travel and visit local attractions.
Hobbies: Horse riding (show horse and trekking), hunting, fishing and travel.
Activities: Sheep & beef. Activities change daily and to suit experience eg mustering, fencing, painting, planting, help on small building project. If experienced then maybe driving trucks, tractors or a digger. Can be flexible with hours so you can take the day o
Comments: 2 young boys. We have travelled extensively & enjoy hosting people from round the world. Own room with en-suite in main house, all meals with family. Sorry no vegetarians. We can pick up from Twizel 8 min. Near lakes, rivers & mountains. Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo 40 min.
Activities: Sheep & beef farm. Duties: gardening, horse riding, general farm work eg fencing, stock work, firewood & tree planting...
Comments: Young couple living in a spacious house with nice view and garden. Waimate township 2km. Central to lots of south island activities including hunting, skiing, fishing.
Hobbies: Horse riding.
Activities: Accommodation, functions, weddings & open historic home plus gourmet preserves (Buoni Sapori) with organic produce from estate. Housework, gardening, lawn mowing, weeding, wood cutting & painting/maintenance of wooden buildings.
Comments: 3 teenage children but at boarding school; 2 dogs, 2 cats, 20 chickens. Stay in lodge, so very high standard. Please NO smokers & NO vegetarians. Other occupation is garden design. Great views of mountains Mt Hutt ski fields and Methven25 min , Darfield 25 min, Christchurch 45 min. 2011 Award winner: People's Choice Best Nationwide Private Retreat Award 2011 & Selwyn District Heritage & Environment Award 2009.
Activities: Planting, pruning, gardening, fencing, house work etc. Neighbouring trophy deer farm work.
Comments: Visitors have own room and bathroom. Children grown up and left home. We have travelled extensively. Happy to pick up from the bus in Geraldine or Orari.
Hobbies: Bikes, kayaks, boat and an aeroplane here. Good tennis courts, river swimming & bush/mountain walks locally.
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