Place 68 – Day 8: Kerikeri – Cold Start & Fancy Moon

We were up and ready to go for 08:30. We got the areas we would be working in prepared and then started work.

It was a bit chilly this morning (at least in comparison to the last few weeks) so the shaded area was put on the backburner and we started in the sun instead.

Kim washed the back of the house, which is the largest area with the tallest parts also, so that took quite a bit of time.

Whilst Kim was doing this, Curtis cleaned the inside windows, getting most of them done.

We finished up for the day, showered and Curtis then watched hockey. After hockey, we did some research and then our host came home and we had a chat and they chucked a rotisserie chicken on the BBQ for dinner.

After dinner, which was tasty, there was a blood moon which was beautiful!

We sat down with our host and watched some renovation related TV shows and then it was 23:00 so it was bed time!

Tomorrow is our last day here, but we have enjoyed our time at this HelpX a lot.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 68 – Day 2: Kerikeri – Housekeeping & Already Moving!

We were up at 08:00 this morning to have breakfast and coffee so we were ready for a 09:00 start.

Today was a heavy checkout day, so it meant that 6 rooms needed to be cleaned. These rooms are both studio apartments and also cottages.

We were joined by Laura, a Mexican girl who is lovely and also informative. She helped us get to know where things are and how things should be done.

Us three cleaned the 4 cottages whilst another person cleaned the studio apartments.

We stopped for a break at 12:00 and had coffee with some delicious cookies.

We finished our break and had just a few things to do, so we completed them and then it was shower time.

Once we showered, we jumped in the car and drove a bit further out of Kerikeri to another place we would potentially helpX, just to check it out.

This place is beautiful! It is a house with a stunning view. We will be doing some gardening, waterblasting both the house and the floor as well as some other tasks. This is a phase owned by a lovely Irish lady and her family.

We loved our brief visit so we will be finishing up here today. It just doesn’t feel right and isn’t really what we want to be spending our time doing, so we are off tomorrow, after doing our hours in the morning.

These things are always fun!

We got back, had some chicken pesto pasta and watched some TV before bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 68 – Day 1: Kerikeri 🇳🇿 – False Alarm, Pigs & HelpX Again!

We were up at a decent time to call a few garages to get them to have a look at our car.

Most garages were full, but Josh & Danielle were able to suggest a great garage for us who weren’t full either!

We arrived at the garage and the guy was really nice. He was able to do the diagnostics on the car and told us what the issue was. Luckily, it seems to be a false alarm, so we were able to go on our way with no worries.

We got back in the car, in the rain, and drove to McDonald’s to get a spot of brekkie.

We then drove 3.5 hours up north to Kerikeri, which is quite far up north.

We got to Kerikeri and spoke to the receptionist who was lovely and got us settled in and gave us a tour.

We are sleeping in a cabin with another person, but we are in our own room.

We went to the shop to get our food for a week which is just 1 minute down the road.

Once we got back home, we had a chat with another helper here for a while and then had a walk around the land here. There are some pigs here, too, who were very happy to see us!

We also saw some sheep/goats (we aren’t sure yet).

We walked back and made some dinner. We had chicken pesto pasta…throwing it back to the old-school traveling days.

We sat and watched some TV and went to bed at a good time so we are awake tomorrow morning when we get up to do some work here at the resort.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale