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 Wwoofing and Live-in Learn & Work Exchange

Mon, 4 Oct – Fri, 26 November 2021 (8 weeks live-in learn & work exchange)

Mon, 17 – 31 January 2022 (2 weeks community wwoofing)

Mon, 14 February – Mon, 28 March 2022 (6 weeks live-in learn & work exchange)


IMG_5544During community wwoofing, we will host up to 4 work exchange visitors we call Kaimahi, each staying a minimum of two weeks for hands-on experiences.   Work is 6 hours per day, 4 days per week (Tues-Fri). Enthusiasm, maturity, physical health and stamina are required. In exchange we offer shared accommodation in the community house and vegetarian food, incl fruit and vegetables from Tui land. Depending on the season 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 weekly community meals, childcare, cleaning and an openness to experience a different lifestyle.

Our popular live-in learn & work exchange comprises of community wwoofing plus an educational competent of 2-3 workshops each week each lasting between 2-3 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, astral travel guided meditation, sound healing, fooling workshop, fruit preserving and other things. Get ready to expand your horizon…
The work exchange requires 6 hours/day for 4 days/week (24hrs/week total), with a community resident working alongside you (as above).
Investment: This 6-week program currently costs a modest NZ$420 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 Wwoofing Coordinator Annika by email at

Tui Community Paying Visitor

Another possibility for visiting Tui is as a paying visitor.  This offers you the opportunity to experience Tui, without any obligation to contribute work-wise, or to adhere to any schedule. Accommodation can be camping, in your own mobile accommodation, in the Community House, or in someone’s home, subject to availability. Your length of stay can currently be from one night to one week. For more information and for booking enquiries email our visitor coordinator, Sybille.

‘Tui Closed’-Period

Each year during 15 December – 15 January Tui closes for about 4 weeks to offer quieter time and space to ourselves for nurturing and holidays. We are taking a break from offering community life to the wider public.

Living at Tui

From time to time we have openings for new resident/s on Tui. Find out more.