Permaculture learning adventure and work exchange

We invite application from motivated, passionate individuals or couples seeking to experience and participate in life on our permaculture lifestyle 'farm' in North Canterbury.


How does it work?

Our work exchange 'program' is very similar to WWOOFing with the main difference being you are responsible for providing your own food and meal preparation with access to fresh fruit and vegetables from the forest garden.


Duration: By negotiation (usually 3 to 7 days)

Accommodations: Self contained modified shipping container house with enclosed outdoor kitchen

Bathroom: Private outdoor solar and wood heated shower and composting toilet

Cooking: Wood fire (also for heating and hot water) and gas barbecue.

What you give: We ask for your help with the common, day-to-day work of living in nature. This is usually 2-3 hours of work activities per day depending on the weather. Activities may include:

  • Clearing paths and removing weeds
  • Making and improving gardens
  • Harvesting fruit and vegetables
  • Planting and pruning trees
  • Making firewood

What you get: We want your experience and memories of blockhill to be positive and educational.

  • Comfortable and funky accommodation
  • Fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables from the forest garden
  • Educational experiences and dedicated learning activities such as flax weaving, bread making, plant identification etc.


If you are interested in staying and working with us for a while, please complete the questions below. We will get back to you.

Personal information

Tell us your skills and experience

Cooking / food preparation
Lighting a fire
Firewood cutting
Plant identification
Caring for animals

Shipping container tiny house

Self contained modified shipping container house with enclosed outdoor kitchen

Embrace the concept of 'less is more' and experience a simpler, low impact, small footprint way of living. Making extensive use of recycled materials and low-tech solutions, the container house is comfortable with clever use of space. Enjoy lush views out the expansive windows into the forest garden, alive with birds and bees.

The shipping container offers both a double and single bed as well as a hammock for relaxing in the attached conservatory. A small but well equipped kitchen will allow for simple meal preparation. The kitchen includes a mini fridge and gas cooking. You can also make use of the wood fire oven situated in the container space. The wood fire also heats the water for both the kitchen and the outdoor shower. The outdoor toilet is a rustic little outhouse in close proximity.
  • Suitable for up to two people
  • Not suitable for young children
  • No wifi (cellphone and mobile data coverage)
  • No smoking anywhere on the premises