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So, what's it all about?

So, what's it all about?

blockhill is an example in natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable existence that is rich in natural diversity. Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change we employ permaculture principals to develop resilient solutions for food production, shelter, energy and water.

Visit & learn

Want to learn more or see things up close and personal. Come visit, relax, learn and enjoy. We offer a number of different options for people looking to visit, stay, learn and work.
Activities & workshops

Activities & workshops

Interested in sustainable living and organic gardening or energy efficiency or permaculture design?
We offer a selection of informative and educational activities and workshops.
Day trip

Day trip

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Work experience

Work experience

If you'd like to come and stay with us and help out with our day-to-day activities, we offer an exchange option. You give us 4-5 hours of your time and efforts per day, and in exchange you get 3 wholesome meals, snacks between meals, comfortable accommodation as well as a wealth of practical experience.

We are official WWOOF hosts and have been sharing our home and lifestyle with travellers since early 2012.
Accommodation

Accommodation

A peaceful holiday retreat surrounded by gardens and native bush. Relax in the hammocks during the sunny days or soak in the fire-bath under the night sky. A cosy cottage on a rainy day with beautiful private views looking out over the Beech Trees. Get back to nature and unwind while you enjoy the sights and sounds of country-living. A great place for a memorable holiday! Perfect for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary getaway, or a private artist's or writer's retreat. Click here to book your stay.

Per night  - $95 for up to 2 guests
Additional guests - please enquire
(Our accommodation is not suitable for young children)

Our photo gallery

Get a feel and flavour for the place with a visual tour of the blockhill estate.
Rooster

Rooster

Having a rooster offers a number of benefits, if you can overlook the noisy crowing:
  • Helps encourage the chooks to start laying earlier
  • Provides some level of predator protection
  • Creates fertilised eggs if yo want to hatch baby chickens
01 Oct 2014
Autumn afternoon

Autumn afternoon

Date01 May 2014
Growing, growing...

Growing, growing...

Date26 Mar 2014
Edible garden

Edible garden

Apples and lots of other (more exotic) ediblesDate22 Feb 2014
Garden tours

Garden tours

As part of the local Cheviot Spring Festival we opened our garden to the public. Being so far out of town we didn't expect a lot of interest but were pleasantly surprised. Friday was a beautiful day and we showed a steady stream of interested people around the garden and food forest areas. Saturday was gray and a little damp but a few adventurous people made the journey and took the time to explore and learn. All up we must have shown 20 people through, many more than I had expected.From12 Sep 2014To13 Sep 2014
Greenhouse

Greenhouse

A well designed, large greenhouse is great way to grow plants that otherwise would have a limited season or not be possible to grow at all. Here we are growing (from left to right) tomatoes, purple passion fruit, thai ginger (galangal) and babaco (mountain pawpaw)

Living, naturally

Life needs purpose. We have a number of activities that fill our time and make us feel good.
Natural gardening

Natural gardening

Working with nature to produce an edible forest garden. Mixed polyculture plantings including insect attractants, pest confusers, nutrient accumulators, green manure crops and companion plants for a healthy, disease resistant and abundant garden. We also collect and grow our own seed to produce locally adapted vegetables that look and taste great.
Bumble bee sanctuary

Bumble bee sanctuary

Helping out the bumble bees, who help us. Pollination is essential for fruit, nut and vegetable production and this often requires insects. Honey bees are having a tough time with the veroa mite so we decided to do something about it. Our bumble bee 'sanctuary' is an assortment of flowering plants selected for their flowering times and nectar properties.
Permaculture food forest

Permaculture food forest

The food forest includes a diverse range of trees, shrubs, vegetables and vines to grow healthy, organic food in a multi dimensional, functional and inter dependant natural system.
Contour gardening & farming

Contour gardening & farming

The art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Water is the essential foundation of the pyramid of life.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
21 Aug 2014

Our shop - help yourself while helping us

Just like you, we need a little cash to cover the many things we can't provide for ourselves.
Books

Books

Melisa has written a cute little book for children.
Organic seeds

Organic seeds

We have a selection of vegetable seeds available for trade and sale. Click through to view our current selection and place an order.www.sentinelsgroup.co.nz
Natural systems thinking

Natural systems thinking

Creating diverse and healthy ecosystems

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