Paua Bay

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
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Trip End Feb 28, 2011


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Paua Bay Farmstay Christchurch-Canterbury
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Having been very sad to say goodbye to Mum, I was hoping the next farm would be a lovely distraction, it certainly was! Getting there is the first part of the adventure, the road from Akaroa m ts by climbing 750m up and up to the summit of the surrounding harbour. Then you wind and wind along the coast through farm after farm, sheep after sheep until you reach Paua Bay. Like absolutely everywhere here it is beautiful! Rolling hills sweeping into the Pacific, wow! it's incredibly isolated with no noise through traffic and only 5 people and about 4000 sheep!

Sue and Murray live at Paua Bay, with their son Will and his finance Hannah. They are all such lovely people that i felt at home right away. The garden is lovely and filled with flowers, the veg patch would give Mr McGregor a run for his money and there is even a swimming pool!

Sue runs a B and B and there were constantly guests to help look after. I've been doing a lot of cooking and have learnt lots of new recipes to bring home (roast lamb in particular!). We had guests from all over the world, interesting people from the UK, Germany, France, Canada, Japan! they were all very nice and it's been very eye opening culturally.

Murray also runs farm tours so we have been busy with tourists. On one day a cruise ship came and we had over 30 cream teas to make! The tour is very popular and tells you all about the farm and the family's history. Murray can trace his family back to the time the French first arrived in the 1800s. The tour also includes seeing the wool-shed and farm dogs in action. It's lots of fun!

There are some beautiful walks around the farm down to the beach, you'll see from the pictures that it is rather steep coming back up but well worth the climb!

My jobs also included looking after the chickens and white tailed pigeons which was fun, if not a little smelly in the cage! Pigeon poop stinks!

Shearing time - hard work but very cool experience! 4000 sheep needed a haircut and we only had 4 days to do it in! 2 professional shearers are hired and then there are 4 other people in the shed. I had the lovely job of picking out poop from the shorn fleece. It is surprisingly hard work and very hot in that shed! But it was certainly something new!

I've had a lovely time at Paua Bay, the people are lovely and the area is magical. I've got a job in a nearby hotel in January so it will be nice to see everyone again.  So this may have been my last Woofing farm which is sad, but I am ready to earn some money!

Love to all
Annie xxxx

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