Accepting Guests

  • 77% response rate
  • Last login 20 days ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Helene’s full profile. It’s free!


  • 21 References 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Dutch, Spanish
  • 37, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • I'm a community social worker
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Massey University, NZ
  • From Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

1-We do not live in Christchurch. We live over an hour south of Christchurch. You need your own transport.
2 - There is no public transport near our house, so if you can't get here on your own we are not the place for you.
3 - Give at least two (2) weeks notice please - we don't take short notice requests.

4 - You need to state in your request what transport you have and how willing you are to go off the beaten track. This is important information for us and lets me know you've read this. With out this you will be declined.


Live, learn, love, laugh.


I'm recently married an amazing man called Bernard who I am introducing to couch surfing. He is a crop and sheep farmer near the mouth of the Rakaia river (Cantebury, NZ). That's where we live and its a long way from Christchurch.

Bernard is right into music and plays the guitar and various other similar instruments.

I love to travel and somehow have managed to do some despite never having much money (that might be why actually).

I love the outdoors (hiking, kayaking, caving, horseriding...)and talking to people.

I like to read, and play music and would like to be able to fly.

I'm Catholic and do actually go to church.


To find yourself you have to give yourself away.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


By hosting and surfing.


Excellent experiences meeting couchsurfers. I've met some great people. The only negative experience I've had is receiving no replies to requests. It makes it hard to plan.


Where to begin...
Traveling, reading (all sorts), conversations and people. Other cultures interest me. I love music and the outdoors, gardening, creatrive/arty stuff like drawing, writing, taking photos, making stuff and sewing and.... There´s not enough time for everything! =(

  • culture
  • writing
  • flying
  • gardening
  • reading
  • traveling
  • drawing
  • music
  • guitar
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • divinity

Music, Movies, and Books

Bernard likes classic rock, guitars and other similar instruments . He likes Sci-fi movies and good food.

I don't watch a lot of movies these days - too busy doing other things.

Music - don´t know much about it but I do like a variety.
a little pop (Jason Mraz, Kolby Callais) , a bit more rock but not too heavy (Matchbox 20, Life house, Chilli Peppers,Queen, U2, Bon Jovi...) Older stuff (Cliff Richard, Abba, Carpenters,Billy Joel, Eagles...)
A little classical (Vivaldi, Bach and other well known composers).

I read all sorts (but don´t like soppy books):

Kite Runner,
WW2 and WW1 novels and biographies.
Fantasy books like JRR Tolkien books and David Eddings;
Classics ie A Tail of 2 Cities, Little Dorrit, Lorna Doone...;
Angela´s Ashes (After I did the tour in Limerick)
Numerous random books from the 2nd hand shop.

Lots of 'Theology of the Body' books - fantastic!
'Spirit of the Liturgy,' 'The Love that Satisfies.'

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Get married.

Teach, Learn, Share

'The opposite of love is not hate, but using.'

When you use someone you are reducing them to the level of an object (like a piece of furniture). People are more than objects and should not be used but, unfortunately, it can be easy to do.(Theology of the body).

Is that too deep?

What I Can Share with Hosts

Our culture, experiences and good company. Stories and hopefully laugh.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand

Old School Badges

  • Vouches 9a938eb8eddceeeb3ee4276e3d530a48c5fcca7895c8f13b8b23592736f3d037
    1 Vouch
  • Pioneer 9e5c6d07410be6ad972e78858727f5a200c4ebab1f9bb897eb4d7cbee90959a8
    Pioneer Badge

Join Couchsurfing to see Helene’s full profile. It’s free!

My Groups