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Work Exchange Opportunities

Within New Zealand there are a number of organisations that give you food and accommodation in return for working a few hours per day.

Help Exchange

Free online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&B, inns, backpackers hostels and others who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation. For details see


Willing Workers on Organic Farms sell a book which lists organic farms and organisations across NZ where you can get free food and lodgings in return for 4-6 hours work a day. For more details see their website


Farm Helpers in New Zealand offer a similar service but for all farms, not just organic -

BBH Hostels

The Budget Backpacker Hostel Chain has listings on its website for people wanting to work in hostels in return for free lodgings and/or pocket money. See the website for listings -



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