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Volunteer at Tauhara Centre

Tauhara Centre is a New Zealand member of WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and other work exchange agencies, such as Workaway, and as such we welcome people from all walks of life and all ages to join us. Please note, however, that membership of work exchange schemes is not a pre-requisite for participating in work exchange at Tauhara. Many people are referred here by word of mouth.


A spiritual, quiet, spacious, natural volunteer experience

We are especially interested in people who wish to experience something different, a quieter, more spacious, natural environment, with the opportunity for reflective time using our library, a resource reflecting the many, different spiritual and philosophical pathways, and our Sanctuary, for quiet contemplation. Tauhara also enables you, through the work you will do here, to support others who come here in this supportive and co-operative environment. 

We accept only non-smokers with a low interest in alcohol.

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Food, accommodation and the work

Tauhara has comfortable accommodation in shared units or caravans for short term work exchange (2- 4 weeks), and typically has an average of 4 volunteers at any one time, rising to 6 or 8 at times of busiest garden activity in spring and autumn. Accommodation and meals are provided, and exchange volunteers work an average of 5 hours per day. The type of work varies: you may be assisting one of our cooks to prepare delicious meals, or helping with general housekeeping (cleaning) or gardening, wherever possible reflecting a balance between your interests and the needs of the Centre.

Would you like to come and volunteer at the Tauhara Centre?

It is essential to make contact first by email/the contact form below (best option) or phone, as there are times when we are booked up some weeks in advance.

We encourage volunteers to come for a minimum of two weeks, which is open for extension if mutually agreed upon. No experience necessary - open hearts and willing hands are especially welcome! Please call if you feel drawn to experience this beautiful Centre!

Please note - depending on the number of exchange volunteers previously booked sometimes we will need to look at different dates to suit both the Centre and the person volunteering.

We are located near beautiful Lake Taupo

We are located near Lake Taupo, a 10 minute drive from the city centre of Taupo and a 30 minute walk to the Lake.

Taupo has a lot to offer, from bungee jumping to sky diving, kayaking to Maori carvings, to exploring thermal craters. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are a relatively short drive away at some of New Zealand's best loved slopes.

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