Homestay Kerikeri/ New Zealand, New Zealand

17 reviews17

Create beauty. Tranquil setting. Northland sun, New Zealand.

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Connect with nature
14 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with the locals
10 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
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.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
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.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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Stay at least
2 weeks

The Experience

Close to beaches, kauri forest, walks, waterfall, Paihia and Cape Reinga, we offer a minimum 2 week stay of 4 hrs daily help 5 days a week. All meals supplied but never vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or gluten free. Private room. Free Wifi, weights-gym, concept 2 rower, petanque piste, laundry, TV, library, etc. Help in house, orchard, flower & vege gardens: building, pruning, preserving, jam making etc. Experience not required. We will teach.

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  • Intermediate English
  • Between 19 and 32 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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Hours & Tasks




Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 14 Get in touch with nature
  • 10 Meeting locals
  • 9 Learning about sustainability
  • 9 Immersing in the local culture
  • 7 Practicing English
  • 7 Developing environmental awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 5 2. Zero hunger
  • 5 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4 12. Responsible consumption and production



Even though we were there during a strange time for the home Colleen they truly went above and beyond to make us feel at home and teach us all that we wanted to know. When you're there it feels like you're part of their amazing family and I couldn't be more thankful. Both the home Colleen have been an inspiration for me in so many different fields. I think we have learnt more in these 2 months than I would in 2 years! If you want to learn more about gardening and a rural lifestyle this is the place for you. The closest village Kerikeri is 20 min away so having your own car is a plus.

2 months ago



I had a truly amazing experience at the home place! I learned a lot about gardening, orchardry and all kinds of handyman jobs. the home also gave me and my girlfriend lots of tips on how to build our own furniture for in our van. Colleen is also a lovely woman who knows a ton about making and preserving food. Truly inspiring people who know a lot about self sustainability and having lots of fun.

2 months ago



A truly amazing experience. The house is located about 20 minutes from Kerikeri. You can learn a lot about gardening here. the home is a brilliant mind and Colleen is the best cook in New Zealand. If you are learning English it is the ideal place. It is important to consider that it is a remote place, there is no public transport as in all the towns of New Zealand.

7 months ago

United States


I can't say enough good things about this place. The work is exactly what is agreed upon beforehand, and they are both extremely respectful of your time and ability. It was nothing that I couldn't handle, just some work around the house, and working outside wherever it needed it (raking soil and leaves, pruning, helping to build an espalier structure, etc). But more importantly to me, they were both so kind and caring, and really made me feel like I was a part of their family. They were always so accommodating, and were always happy to chat with me. Thank you both so much:) !

7 months ago

United Kingdom


This was a fantastic experience, in a wonderful home, with incredible people. the home Colleen make you feel like part of the family, while also giving you plenty of space and freedom. I learned a lot about gardening and landscaping, and found the work to be both enjoyable and well-rounded. They also have a wealth of knowledge about the local area and life in general, and I feel I got as much if not more out of the exerience than I expected.

8 months ago

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About the host

Hosted by Bob and Colleen

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