Visiting Tui

Visitors are Welcome


We view Tui as a microcosm of the world…love, service, conflict, navigating between individual and collective interests and finding effective ways to contribute fully and to meet needs are part of our human dance.  At Tui we endeavour to operate through communication more than rules…we attempt to emphasize personal responsibility and invite you to be a part of this co-creation, nobody is in control and we’re all important to the journey.

Tui is a place that tends to support self-empowerment … it isn’t a place that leads you by the hand … we are all (in our flawed, divine, unique human ways) experimenting with being the change we want to see.

Here are a few ways to engage in this experiment we call Tui Community:


Tui Garden Group, Land Group and Orchard Educational/Work Exchange Visitor


Upcoming Intern and Wwoofing periods at Tui are:

6 Nov – 11 Dec 2017 (5-week Internship)

15 Jan – 5 Feb (3-week community wwoofing)

19 Feb – 2 April (6-week Internship)


IMG_5544During community wwoofing, we will host up to 4 work exchange visitors we call Kaimahi, each staying a minimum of two weeks for educational and hands-on experiences.   Work is 6 hours per day, 4 days per week (Tues-Fri). In exchange we offer shared accommodation in the community house and vegetarian food, incl fruit and vegetables from Tui land. Our work exchange visitors (Kaimahi) may have the opportunity to experience:

. Land Maintenance Group. These are general farm tasks; cutting grass, noxious weed control, road and track maintenance, some heavy lifting (stacking firewood, rocks and materials), painting buildings and clearing culverts.

· Orchard Apples in BoxesThe Tui Garden. Planting and working in green manures, preparaing beds for plantings, seedling raising, planting, feeding, making compost, mulching, and general tidy up of the garden.

· The Tui Orchard. Pruning, weeding, feeding and mulching around trees. Harvesting fruit and processing as appropriate.

· Living in a rural community on a day-to-day basis, tasks might include cooking community meals, childcare, cleaning and an openness to experience a different lifestyle.

Our popular 6-week internship comprises of community wwoofing plus an educational competent of 2-3 workshops each week each lasting between 1-2 hours in length. In the workshops various Tui residents share with you their variety of personal passions. They may include sauerkraut making, sourdough bread making, herbal medicine, raising chickens, making massage balms, seed raising, 5 rhythms dance, yoga, community infrastructure, meditation, jewelery making with silver and glass, astral travel guided meditation, sound healing, clown workshop, fruit preserving and other things. Get ready to expand your horizon…
The work exchange hours are from Tuesday to Friday working 6 hours/day with a community resident alongside you (as above).
Investment: The 6-week internship currently costs a modest NZ$360 for the full 6 weeks, to cover expenses for the educational components of your time with us.


If you’re interested in either community wwoofing or the internship, please let us know your gardening and land work experience, background in Permaculture and organic growing, any community living experience and any special skills you can offer. You must have your own gear; gumboots, garden/work gloves and clothes to get dirty. Contact our Visitor Coordinator by email only at


Tui Personal/Special Project Visitor

There can be many projects happening on Tui at any given moment, some can be communal projects, others private. There may be opportunities to join in some of these. Please contact the following leader/host directly.



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