Cairnhill Farm

You Need To Know

Volunteer and exchange workers information

CAIRNHILL is a beautiful and safe place but...
As it is a FARM, it is classified as a multi hazard environment.

First and foremost we are concerned about your ...

a) Health and Safety.
b) Enjoyment and cultural experience.
c) Fun, work and relaxation.

Please Bring With You

1) Good robust footwear. It is essential. The farm has many wailking tracks and in many places quite steep. You will be assisting with gardening and projects on sloping ground.
2) Bring well fitting strong garden or working type gloves.
3) A torch. (A phone torch is suitable)
4) Your preferred drink ... The Reason Why ... Most volunteers will attend some rural or cultural type BBQ's or community meals during their stay. You are welcome to take along your own fruit, alcoholic or other type of personal or preferred drink to such social occasions. Or for an evening drink. (As we may do) We do not supply this type of drink. We do supply tea, coffee and plenty of fresh drinking water.
5) All personal care products. (Summertime include. Sunscreen, insect repellant, sunhat etc)


Your Transport Options

If you have your own transport you can enjoy a leisurely drive from the Rai Valley State Highway/French Pass Junction intersection that will take about 70 minutes drive time ... plus as much time as you spend for stops for the amazing WOW factor scenery and photograghs. A good time to arrive at Cairnhill is between 13.00 and 14.00hrs but you can easily let us know by text or email from this website if otherwise suits you better.

If you do not have your own transport ...
When pre-arranged we can sometimes pick up volunteers if we are in Nelson on the same day as your intended arrival.
Otherwise you will need to use the passenger transport which is available (early morning only) from Rai Valley Village on a Monday and Thursday only.  This means you will need to arrive in Rai Valley Village the day before.

Passenger Transport Contact Details. 
Call or text Steve on 027 571 6049.  The trip costs NZ$25-00pp and departs Rai Valley Village about 9-00am and it takes about 2 hours to Cairnhill - They can accommodate volunteers/passengers in their caravan overnight for an extra NZ$15.00pp which includes your bed, evening meal and breakfast. You will then depart for Cairnhill Farm.

Your Communications 
We have good mobie phone signal and coverage for Vodafone and 2 Degrees (021 and 022)
However 027 mobiles do not have the same good coverage here, a short walk up the hill and you will get coverage. 

If you have an 027 mobile you can go to "The Warehouse" and without changing your mobile number they will connect you to their service (via 2Degrees) and you will then get much better coverage for most of rural New Zealand. Their deals are recommended and their prices are generally lower.

A Bit About Us

Lots of Photos


Syth 021 577745

Clarrie 021 577746