Eco Village Paihia, New Zealand

7 reviews7

Help to preserve Subtropical Paradise & enjoy Bay of 144 Islands

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Connect with nature
4 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with the locals
4 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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Stay at least
1 week

The Experience

Tasks incl. mostly garden, home & handyman's creative work. Sometime help with children. Approx. 4-5 h. a day, depending on type of work. In your free time: Mountain Bikes, Kayaks available and plenty of adventures for you to enjoy beach, rivers, waterfalls and islands! Explore the birthplace of NZL, History of our Nation. It all started here! General rules include no smoking, respect to each other and to the precious environment around us ...

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  • Beginner English
  • Between 18 and 32 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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7 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks


Eco Village


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How this experience will transform you

  • 4 Get in touch with nature
  • 4 Meeting locals
  • 3 Immersing in the local culture
  • 2 Developing environmental awareness
  • 2 Practicing English
  • 1 Learning about sustainability



I had a great time with Stefan and Jillian. They are both very nice people and welcomed me so nicely in their home. Thanks to Stefan and Jillian I've seen a lot of beautiful things and met nice people, while staying with them. They even took me on a kayak tour and I enjoyed it a lot. The amount of work was totally fine and Stefan was always making sure that I was okay while working and also through the whole day. Thank you Jillian and Stefan.

6 months ago

Stefan replied

Melissa was a great helper, very polite and a hard worker, we really enjoyed hosting her, who ever hosts Melissa will be very pleased with her.

United Kingdom


Stefan and Gillian were incredible hosts. From the moment I arrived they were extremely welcoming and generous. The tasks with Stefan in the garden were fun and interesting, I learned a lot about the native New Zealand bush. The cabin was very comfortable and private. Stefan and Gillian introduced me to many lovely people, they took me to some beautiful areas around Paihia as well as some tasty local restaurants. I highly recommend working with them in Paihia, the experience was amazing overall!

7 months ago

Stefan replied

Margot is very responsible and polite, she is always on time and very tidy, Margot was a hard worker and was happy to to everything. We highly recommend Margot.



This is my first Worldpackers experience in New Zealand and Stefan and Jillian made it really special. They are the very kind, hospitable and friendly hosts. The tasks are not exhausting and Stefan helped and guided me if there's something I don't know how to do. Their place is so beautiful surrounded with trees and plants and only five minutes away from the beach. They took me around Paihia and nearby towns to see tourist attractions, taught me how to kayak and brought me to local restaurants. I am beyond grateful for them and the friendship we have built together. I wish them all the best!

9 months ago

Stefan replied

It was a privilege to host Jermin. Very helpful, respectful young man. Always positive and happy to help.
We recomend Jermin very highly.
Stefan and Jillian



I really enjoyed my time with Stefan and Jillian. The two are extremely lovely people and you feel like at home. They showed and did many things with me. Working with Stefan was extremely fun and not too exhausting. I also had enough time for myself to do things and explore the area. I can heartily recommend Stefan and Jillian and would go back anytime. Thank you for a wonderful time. Best, Tim

about 1 year ago

Stefan replied

We recomend Tim very highly... Very hard worker with variety of skills.
We enjoyed having Tim very much...



Stefan and Jilliane treated me like their own family and made me feel like I was at home since the first day. The work is never too hard or long and you can also talk about what you would like to do and what not. The home and your sleeping cabin is simple and very cute and you really reconnect with nature while living with them. I loved everything about it. Stefan and Jilliane are just really kind, respectful and helpful people and they also take you to many places and show you things. I was sad when I had to leave and would go again any time!

about 1 year ago

Stefan replied

Alessia was a Very Special Guest. Very polite, tidy and helpful. Within few days Alesia became like family member, adapting in no time to our simple ways of living. Also very creative and hard working. Nature, Gardens became Alessias hiding place. She spent a lot of time to create unique garden "Master Pieces" Whenever I go through the Gardens, I see Alessias gentle touch. The Garden and us saying Thanks to Alessia. Hope to see you back soon...

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