Te Rata Wines – Matakana New Zealand

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been living in this little piece of heaven in Matakana…
I feel like a true hippie!

Here is my room – I feel like a true hippie!

 

I am a collector of other people's animals...

I am a collector of other people’s animals…

Look at this fur ball, being fat and cute as usual...

Look at this fur ball, being fat and cute as usual…

Here is the view that I woke up to every morning. So beautiful!

Here is the view that I woke up to every morning. So beautiful!

Justin has been my host, as his wife Cynthia is away in the states. They developed the organic, sulfate free wine line called Te Rata Wines. You can check out their website here.
Justin has been a great host! Over the last two weeks, we’ve spent our days (approx. 4hrs a day) doing a variety of things. This time of year is the “prep time” for New Zealand wineries because spring and summer haven’t quite started yet. We’ve spent our days planting new vines, pruning the healthy ones, and cleaning up the vineyard so it will look fabulous for wine tasting guests when the time comes. We also attended the Friday Market in Auckland where Justin and I sold his wine by the glass. This was a fantastic experience! I tried all the food I could fit in my belly, and had great conversation with locals and tourists.
This was so fun! Great food, great wine, and great conversation with the locals!

Auckland Friday Marmed – This was so fun! Great food, great wine, and great conversation with the locals!

Aside from working hours, the house (flat mates consisting of two girls from China named Amy and Joan, a guy from Ireland named Roosell, and a guy from New Zeland named Scott) spent our nights eating and drinking together. On Wednesday nights, we attended “Quiz Night” at the local pub. Although a lot of the questions were New Zealand based trivia, I had a blast and did manage to help with some of the answers.
This is Amy, Joan and Roosell and myself feasting.

Some of my flat mates – This is Amy, Joan and Roosell and myself feasting.

 

So far this whole “working holiday” thing has me hooked!

Side note: one thing I am glad I packed was a sleeping bag. I was given blankets but it is cold this time of year and having a sleeping bag was a necessity.

And on to the next!! Tomorrow I leave for Coromandel to stay with my next host, Jeff, at the Coromandel Waterworks Theme Park.

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