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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
Friendly kereru regularly visit the orchard

Friendly kereru regularly visit the orchard

Seen sitting here in one of the older plum trees, one of the local wood pidgin helps thin blossoms before flying heavily to the next tree.Date18 Sep 2014

Living, naturally

Life needs purpose. We have a number of activities that fill our time and make us feel good.
Bumble bee sanctuary

Bumble bee sanctuary

Helping out the bumble bees, who help us.
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.

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