Eco Lodge Methven, New Zealand

9 reviews9

Explore rural New Zealand in the Southern Alps and learn a lot!

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This host has received 5 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
6 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Needs help immediately
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Painting & Decorating
Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.
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 dinner, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
4 weeks

The Experience

Help in exchange for excellent lodging, all meals, internet. We're looking for energetic people to help with various tasks (gardening, firewood, eco-project, feed chickens &dogs, maybe help with painting a cottage & sheds, some household chores and general tidying up around the property) We prefer carpenters/builders with experience . No smokers/vegetarians/GF/ food fads, please :) Only couples or 2 friends together accepted (sharing bedroom!)

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  • Fluent English
  • Over 21 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Eco Lodge


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 7 Get in touch with nature
  • 6 Meeting international travelers
  • 4 Meeting locals
  • 4 Learning about sustainability
  • 4 Developing environmental awareness
  • 3 Practicing English

United States


I had a blast during my stay, Simonetta and Gary were very welcoming and happy to have us! The work we did made a difference and was appreciated. Having a car during our stay made a huge difference to explore on off days. The property was beautiful, lots of great sunrises and sunsets here too 😁

3 days ago

United States


My fiancé & I had a wonderful time at Simonetta & Gary's! I loved learning about the chickens, how the property has grown, and their life. We helped with building what will soon be a place for volunteers to stay and it was great to see our progress. During our 2 weeks we used our car to explore on off days, enjoyed sunsets, and lived a slow life on the property as many things are 30+ minutes away. It was a great way to unwind. Simonetta was a wonderful cook and Gary often accompanied her dishes with dessert 😁 thanks for a lovely stay, we hope to meet again!

3 days ago



Nice experience! Beautiful place to stay! Every morning Simonetta give you the task list and explain everything very well. Different tasks to do: feeding the chickens, gardening, tidying, cleaning, painting, etc. Besides the chickens, there are a small of flock of sheep , 2 lovely and playful dogs: Bell and Luigi and 2 fluffy cats ❤️

6 months ago

Simonetta replied

A wonderful couple staying, we certainly would have you back any time, Kaori and Andres! The projects continue...

United Kingdom


Had a great time at Mt hutt

7 months ago

United States


Simonetta and Gary were great hosts. The animals were very friendly. Thank you for my amazing experience. I loved seeing the beautiful mountains outside my bedroom window .

8 months ago

Simonetta replied

and we enjoyed having you, thank you for your help in all the bits and pieces around here! Also loved to hear a bit about Tennessee!
Good luck in all your adventures, and Happy birthday for the 30th.

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Hosted by Simonetta

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