New Zealand Pick Your Own (PYO) Farms and Orchards

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

This page provide listings and links to pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, upickem, pick-it-yourself) farms in New Zealand, organised by Region and District. Or click here for Farm Markets in New Zealand.

If you have any to suggest or have any feedback about any you have visited, or want to suggest a farm, please email me via the feedback form or suggest a farm form!  And if you own a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!

And if you want simple illustrated, instructions on making and canning (preserving, bottling, freezing, etc.) many common items, like how to make jam, applesauce, apple butter, spaghetti sauce, salsa, fruit pies, freezing vegetables, putting up peaches, green beans, etc., just click here. For tips on picking click here!

Harvest time calendar (tells when crops are available)


North Island

Auckland

  • Best Berries – strawberries
    114 Sunnyside Road, Coatesville, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 09 415 9552. Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Please phone to confirm if open. Pick your own (PYO) at the end of our season, because of Health & Safety requirements and the damage untrained pickers can do to our plants we can't open up to PYO until each garden has finished commercial production for the season. (ADDED: February 14, 2013, from their website)
  • Best Berries – strawberries
    63 Fred Taylor Drive, Whenuapai, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 09 416 8586. Open: Saturday & Sunday only 9:00am - 4:00pm, Please phone to confirm if open. Directions: formally State Highway 16; Look for blue building with 'Garelja Bros' on side. Pick your own (PYO) at the end of our season, because of Health & Safety requirements and the damage untrained pickers can do to our plants we can't open up to PYO until each garden has finished commercial production for the season. (ADDED: February 14, 2013, from their website)
  • Massey Gardens & Orchard Ltd - strawberries,
    45 Fred Taylor Dr (old State Highway 16), Massey North, Auckland 0814. Phone: 649-416-8262. Email: maree@sharenko.co.nz. Open: We are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5;30pm. Directions: Massey Gardens is located just 1 km off the end of the northwestern Motorway along State Highway 16. It is only 1 km past the Westgate shopping centre on the right hand side at 45 State Highway 16. Click here for a map and directions. We are open for Pick Your Own Strawberries from 26 December to the end of January, 7 days including all holidays from 9am to 5;30pm. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Massey Gardens is the home of the world famous "Sweet Red" strawberries so come and see us for a fun-filled family experience and a great day out. We look forward to sharing our farm with you!!!. (ADDED: December 07, 2010)  (UPDATED: December 27, 2011)
  • Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens - strawberries, U-pick and already-picked
    464 State Highway 16, Kumeu, North Island, New Zealand 0862. Phone: 4127329. Fax: 4128151. Email: phil.greig.strawberry@xtra.co.nz. Open: From December 26 and throughout January Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm. Directions: 7km from Westgate shopping centre on the left side of State Highway 16. Click here for a map and directions. Pick Your Own Strawberries from December 26th to end of January; Strawberry sales, real fruit ice cream and smoothie shop open from October 10 to Easter. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. (ADDED: November 24, 2010)
  • Pick Your Own Mandarins - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, mandarins,
    41 Riverlea Road, Whenuapai, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand 0618. Phone: 0064 9 4161245. Email: Happybarb@gmail.com. Open: May through July on Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Directions: Follow north western motorway to round about at end take 3rd exit on round about which is Brighams Creek Road and just before shops at Whenuapai turn left onto Totara Road then take first left which is Dale Road then take first right into Riverlea Road and you will find us at number 41 which has a gravel drive down a right away driveway. Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. Mandarin fruit for sale - Please call before coming to orchard. (ADDED: March 01, 2012) (UPDATED: March 25, 2012)
  • Runciman Berries and Emus - Uses natural growing practices, boysenberries, UPDATE: January 06, 2012: The owner tells me they are closed until December 2012
    552 Runciman Rd RD 2 Drury, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand 2578. Phone: 092381808. Email: sven_harlos@hotmail.com. Open: December and January: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Directions: Please get of SH1 at Drury offramp, go 500m into Pukekohe direction and turn left into Great South Road, after 2km turn right into Runciman Road and follow for 3km - 552 is on the left. Please use the second farm entrance. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Berries are sold out for the November 2011 - January 2012 Season (UPDATED: January 06, 2012)
  • Strawberry Corner - Strawberries, restrooms, picnic area
    217 Alfriston -Ardmore Road, RD2 Papakura, North Island, New Zealand 2582. Phone: 09-298 8563. Fax: 09-298 8569. Mobile: 027 475 8468. Email: strawberrycorner@xtra.co.nz. Ardmore-Alfriston Road, Auckland, North Island. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: located south-east of Auckland 30 minutes from Auckland city, 10 mins from Manukau city in the rural picturesque Ardmore valley. Only minutes from the Clevedon village, See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards . Fresh Strawberry Icecream (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 26, 2012)
  • Troost Family Strawberry Fields - Strawberries,picnic area
    114 Sunnyside Rd, Coatsville, NZ  0793. Phone: 09-415 9552. Open: Decemeber 26th till late January possibly early February, open from 9am till 5pm . Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic strawberries, they allow you to eat while you pick, and they also have homemade jam and marmalade. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: December 22, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on January 11, 2013: "Very helpful and easy place to get strawberries. I was impressed with the service and the friendliness of the people. Excellent experience. "
    Comments from a visitor on December 22, 2011: " they let you pick straight from the bush. You might need to bring your own containers, but they will provide temporary ones and later put them in bags for you., It is huge, so bring comfortable shoes. Also sun block if you don't want to get sunburned."
  • Windmill Orchards Coatesville – PYO apples, peaches, nectarines, pears.
     294 Coatesville Highway, Coatesville, Auckland 0793, NZ. Phone: 08 415 9497. Email: info@windmillorchards.co.nz. Open: every day from 9.00am with last entry at 4.30pm. Directions: just 5 minutes from Albany village, and only 15-20 minutes from downtown Auckland,. Windmill Orchards is one of the few remaining orchards that welcome families, groups and individuals to Pick Your Own during the harvest season from January to the end of May. All fruit is available at the orchard shop throughout the year - details are listed on our fruit availability page. Our speciality is the most amazing apple juice we make onsite from our very own apples that is renowned for it’s flavour. Customers regularly comment, “It is the best juice I have ever tasted”, and it surely is.We also sell garden fresh vegetables, organic whole foods, artisan jams, pickles, mustards, honey, specialty breads and many other quality products.

Bay of Plenty (Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane)

  • Iona Boysenberry Orchard - Boysenberries
    Intersection of Bell Road and State highway 2, Pamaoa, New Zealand. Phone: +64 7-542 1405. Open: Opening day is Wednesday 12th December 2012, Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm; Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Short Season - Get in early for the best berries! (ADDED: 18 December 2012, from the website)
  • Julians Berry Farm and Cafe - blackberries, boysenberries, currants (red and black), loganberries, olallieberries, other berries, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries,
    12 Huna Road, Whakatane, new zealand 3191. Phone: +64 7 3084253. Fax: +64 7 3084253. Email: juliansberryfarm@paradise.net.nz. Directions: 3kms on the left just before you get to Whakatane from Tauranga or Rotorua Open: Labour weekend end of October to Waitangi weekend early February 7 days a week 8am -6pm except Xmas day. Typical crop availability dates:
    Strawberries - late October to late January;
    Raspberries -  mid-November to late January;
    Blackberries - mid-November to January;
    Boysenberries - December to early January;
    Ranui berries - Late November to mid- December;
    Loganberries - mid-November to mid- December;
    Tayberries mid-November to mid- December
    Payment: Julians Berry Farm and Cafe is a a one stop shop for all your berry needs as well as freshly picked berries, frozen berries, and pick your own berries, we stock products made from our berries including jams, sauces, soaps, moisturisers, and many more. We have a beautiful outdoor sheltered cafe overlooking our farm and serve delicious home cooked meals and berry baking. Our most famous product apart from our lovely berries are the berry ice creams made from our own berries.
  • R n' Bees - boysenberries, raspberries (red), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    132 Thornton Road, Whakatane, North Island 3192. Phone: 07 3080118. Email: graham@rnbees.co.nz. Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am until 5:30pm during Berry season (from mid October until end of February); Monday to Saturday 8:30am until 5:30pm in off season. Directions: On the right, 1.3km from the Whakatane/Matata intersection heading towards Matata. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. R n' Bees (formerly R & B Berry Garden) is under new Ownership. We will bring you the same great tasting and value berries that R & B's were loved for. EFTPOS payment available during berry season. (ADDED: May 22, 2014)
  • Redwood Lane Blueberries - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    17 Redwood Lane Tauriko, Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand 3171. Phone: 07 5433511. Fax: 075433517. Email: george@marriott.co.nz. Open: You are welcome all day every day from around 8am to about 7pm.  $ 10 per kilo to PYO - Fresh Blueberries available. Directions: Our farm is located less than 15 minutes from Tauranga CBD by car. It is just past Tauriko which is on the State Highway going to Hamilton. You can get to the highway from Greerton-Pyes Pa, Bethlehem or via the toll road. Redwood Lane is the First Road on the right past The small Tauriko township about 1 kilometre. Click here for a map and directions. January 20 to March 30 Blueberries. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: January 17, 2010) (UPDATED: February 21, 2011)
  • Somerfield's Berryfruit - strawberries, raspberries
    1002 Oropi Road, Oropi, Tauranga, Tauranga, North Island, NZ. Phone: 07 543 1513. Email: rvsomerfield@kol.co.nz. Open: Mid November to end of January and 8am to 5pm daily. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards . (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: December 17, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on December 17, 2012: "They had blueberries,black berries, raspberries and strawberries. Could pick strawberries and raspberries, strawberries were $8 per kg and raspberries were $9 per kg, "
  • Strawberry Lane - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    35 Harrison Road, Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand 3110. Phone: 027-779-6641. Email: strawberrylane@eol.co.nz. Open: 9am to 5;30pm; 7 days a week, from late October to the end of January. Directions: See our sign at the top of Harrison Road at the intersection of Moffat and Cambridge Roads by the 7th Day Adventist School and follow the arrows to the end of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: November 02, 2011)
  • Te Puea Orchard – peas, potatoes, beans, apples
    69 Te Puea Road, RD4, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 07 345 5111. Email: carlcherry@xtra.co.nz.. Open: Mid December to May. Typical crop availability: Peas (pyo):mid December, New Potatoes (pyo): mid December, Beans (pyo): Beans: from January, Tomatoes (not pyo): February – April/May, Heirloom Fruit & Vegetables available, Apples (pyo): February – May, plus seasonal vegetables and greens. Gate Sales & Pick your Own. Payment: Cash, EFTPOS. (ADDED: February 13, 2013, by JBS)

Gisborne

Hawke's Bay (Central Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Napier, eastern Taupo, Wairoa)

  • Camelot Fresh Fruit Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, Other fruit or veg, already-picked produce (from the pyo crops), restrooms, picnic area
    141 Raupare Rd, Twyford, Hastings, North Island, New Zealand 4175. Phone: 06 879 7183. Fax: 06 879 7184. Email: camelotfreshco@xtra.co,nz. Open: Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday by request. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Plums: December till March; Apples(a large selection of varieties):February till May. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. We have a huge variety of Fresh Fruits in all the listed fruit groups. There are over 50 Summer fruit varieties and currently 15 types of Apples. With traditional and trial varieties for sampling, there is something yummy for everyone!. (ADDED: October 07, 2010)
  • RTW New Zealand Limited - Apples, asparagus, apricots, beans, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, grapes, nectarines, onions, pears, peas, peaches, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, summer squash
    24-412 Whitehead Road, Hastings, North Island, New Zealand 4201. Phone: (0064)21187274. Email us at: personal@rtwnewzealand.com. We are open January, February, March, April, May, June, July, October, December. Our hours are: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 5 pm. Payment: cash.
  • RubyGlen Orchard - blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, currants (red and black), gooseberries, other berries, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tayberries,
    92 Powdrell Road Meeanee, Napier, North Island 4112. Phone: 06 8445608. Email: rubyglen@xtra.co.nz. Open: Early December to late March, seven days per week from 8;00 am to 5;00 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Refer to our website. Click here for a map and directions. Refer website. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards. (ADDED: March 16, 2013)
  • The Strawberry Patch – pick your own strawberries,
    Havelock Rd, Havelock North, NZ. Phone (06) 877-1350. Email: enquiries@strawberrypatch.co.nz. Open: seven days a week 8.30am - 5.00pm (ice creams close at 4.30pm). PYO Strawberries are available from mid November. Other summer fruits and fresh grown produce from our paddock are available in the shop.

Northland (Far North, Kaipara, Whangarei)

  • Valley Orchard – plums and nectarines
    1079 State Highway 25, Whangamata, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 078658879.

Taranaki (New Plymouth, South Taranaki, Stratford)

Manawatu-Wanganui (Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Tararua, Wanganui)

  • Blue Acres - blueberries,
    201 Pohangina Valley East Road Ashhurst, Palmerston North, North Island, New Zealand 4884. Phone: 021400397. Email: amacd@inspire.net.nz. Open: from 27th December 2013 from 9am to 3pm to January 31, 2014. Directions: From Palmerston North, drive through Ashhurst up Pohangina Valley Raod for 8kms. Turn right into Pohangina Valley East Road which is sign posted with 'blueberry' signs indicating where to go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. The berries are spray free. PYO berries are $8 a kg. There is also fresh and frozen fruit available during the season. (UPDATED: December 04, 2013) (ADDED: January 06, 2012) 
    A visitor writes on January 31, 2014: "season closed until Dec 2014"
  • Kaitieke Chestnut Farm - chestnuts,
    Raurimu Kaitieke Road Kaitieke, Rd2 Owhango, North Island 3990. Phone: 07 866 5852. Email: glenkimlochypippa@gmail.com. Open: Pick your own available from 9;00am until 3;00pm everyday from the 20th April 2014 until the 3rd May 2014 by arrangement with the owners via email prior to those dates. Directions: The farm is located opposite Kaitieke School, Kaitieke. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Forms a part of the Fishers Track Mountain Bike loop that circles back to National Park. Fantastic rural New Zealand at its best! Plenty of outstanding scenery with views of the mountains and National Park. (ADDED: January 30, 2014)
  • Marahua Blueberry Farm - Blueberries,
    40 Owhango Road,, Owhango, NA 3990. Phone: (07) 895 4410. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Marahua Blueberry Orchard in New Zealand was established in 1979, with the planting of five original American blueberry varieties: Atlanta, Burlington, Concord, Dixie and Jersey. The orchard has been organically run under the present ownership since 1993, and boasts of the tastiest blueberries in the world, with the original plantings still in place. It has become a community treasure. WHAT ELSE HAS IT GOT TO OFFER? Set back from but close to Highway 4, and right opposite a ski shop, Marahua has a quiet and peaceful small farm atmosphere, comfortable accommodation close to the Mount Ruapehu ski-fields, numerous walks, the Wanganui River adventures on the doorstep, hunting, mountain biking, trout fishing in the local Whakapapa River , the Wanganui River and Lake Taupo, 45 minutes away and much more. Refer to local attractions. Pick your own berries in the season (January to March) which can be chiller stored and/or frozen for your convenience. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 19, 2013)
    A visitor writes on July 19, 2013: "the best farm stay in the whole world, I mean it cause I have travelled. We have been there twice so far planning a trip in Oct as well"

Waikato (Hamilton, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, southern Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupo, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato,Waipa, Waitomo)

  • The Olde Berry Farm Limited - blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries (red), strawberries,
    205 Morrinsville Road R.D.6, Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand 3286. Phone: 07 858 2968. Fax: 07 856 2405. Email: shop@oldeberryfarm.co.nz. Open: Pick Your Own typically occurs in December/January; See website for details. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: 2km from the Hillcrest Roundabout between the Cattery and the Vets. See website for more detail or contact us for assistance. Shop: Open from October to March; Pick Your Own: Typically occurs in December to early January. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards. (ADDED: August 01, 2012, & v by JBS)
  • Blueberry Country - blueberries, already-picked produce, snacks and refreshment stand
    397 Jary Road, Ohaupo, Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand 3881. Phone: 07 8236923. Fax: 07 8236925. Email: webquery@blueberry.co.nz. Open: Seven days during season 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Commercial varieties of Blueberry Plants are also for sale. Click here for our Facebook page.  (ADDED: March 22, 2009) (UPDATED: October 25, 2012) (UPDATED: January 25, 2013) (UPDATED: January 31, 2013)
  • Blueberry Country - blueberries, already-picked produce, snacks and refreshment stand
    Central road, South Ngatea NZ. Phone: 07 8236923. Fax: 07 8236925. Email: webquery@blueberry.co.nz. Open: Seven days during season 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Commercial varieties of Blueberry Plants are also for sale. Click here for our Facebook page.  (ADDED: March 22, 2009) (UPDATED: October 25, 2012) (UPDATED: January 25, 2013) (UPDATED: January 31, 2013) (UPDATED: January 22, 2014)
  • Fruitdale Orchards - sweet corn, strawberries, tomatoes, blackberries
    78 Osborne Rd, RD1, Horsham Downs, Hamilton, NZ. Phone: 07 829 4838. Email:info@fruitdaleorchard.com. Open: Peak Season: October to March: 8.30am – 6.00pm, seven days a week; Closed Off Season: April ~ September. (ADDED: 18 December 2012, from their website)
  • Kaipaki Nursery & Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
    1309 Kaipaki Road Road 3, Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand 3495. Phone: 07 8279562. Email: kaipakinurse@xtra.co.nz. Open: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm; No Pick your own in 2014. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions:  On the corner of Kaipaki Road and the Cambridge Te Awamutu Road 3 kilometre from Cambridge. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. We also have a range of small plants including fruiting plants as available. Plums December to February Apples January to June. We use integrated pest management practices. (UPDATED: April 26, 2014) (UPDATED: December 18, 2012, from their website)(UPDATED: January 06, 2013)
  • Monavale Blueberries & Cafe Irresistiblue - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    156 Turkington Road Monavale, Cambridge, North Island 3495. Phone: 07 8279456. Fax: 07 827 9485. Email: info@monavaleblueberries.co.nz. Open: Monavale Blueberries and Cafe Irresistiblue are open throughout the year; December to March, 7 days, 9am to 4;30pm and April to November, Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 4;30pm; PYO is generally available from late December to early March. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Monavale Blueberries is situated only 10 minutes drive from Cambridge. Follow the brown road signs from the Cambridge to Te awamutu Road. Pick Your Own organic blueberries is available from Cafe Irresistiblue, which is situated on the orchard. Click here for a map and directions. Pick Your Own organic blueberries is generally available from late December to early March; Please refer our website for exact details. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Monavale Blueberries have a lovely orchard cafe onsite (Cafe Irresistiblue) where you can sit and enjoy great meals, fabulous views and have a true 'blueberry' experience. Organic blueberry products are also available from the Orchard Shop situated at the cafe, including: ice-cream, sorbet, salad dressing, sauce, juice, capsules, liqueur, jam, spread, chutney plus more!. Monavale Blueberries is a BioGro certifed organic orchard (BioGro number 511). (ADDED: May 22, 2010) (UPDATED: March 21, 2013)
  • Ohaupo Orchard, Hamilton - blueberries
    397 Jary Road, RD1 Hamilton, Ohaupo, North Island, New Zealand 3881. Email: webquery@blueberry.co.nz. . Phone: 07 8236923. Alternate Phone: 07 8236925. Open: 8 am to 7 pm 7 days, Closed Christmas day, open all other statutory holidays. Blueberry Country specialises in providing pick your own berries. Come out and pick your own berries for very reasonable rates.  The mid season varieties are now getting ripe. The hot weather we have been having is making the blueberries sweet. If we have your email, we are sending out a special offer for the weekend of the 19th and 20th. We also have a range of blueberry plants for sale for between $15 and $25. These are commercial varieties that perform well in our climate.$9.50 per kg or $8.5 per kg over 10kg. We always endeavour to pick in the heaviest fruiting fields of our orchard.Our fruit is spray free, and like all fruit, tastes best fresh off the bush.Come out, bring your family and friends and make it an outing. Call into our snack bar and enjoy a blueberry icecream or frozen yoghurt. You can also order from our snack menu which includes muffins, toasted sandwiches and paninis. Remember to bring sunblock and a hat, it can be hot out there. (ADDED: February 14, 2013, from their website)
  • Ohaupo Orchard, Ngatea - blueberries
    229 Central Road South, Ngatea, North Island, New Zealand 3881. Email: webquery@blueberry.co.nz.. Phone: 07 8677552. Open: 8 am to 7 pm 7 days, Closed Christmas day, open all other statutory holidays. Blueberry Country specialises in providing pick your own berries. Come out and pick your own berries for very reasonable rates.  The mid season varieties are now getting ripe. The hot weather we have been having is making the blueberries sweet. If we have your email, we are sending out a special offer for the weekend of the 19th and 20th. We also have a range of blueberry plants for sale for between $15 and $25. These are commercial varieties that perform well in our climate.$9.50 per kg or $8.5 per kg over 10kg. We always endeavour to pick in the heaviest fruiting fields of our orchard.Our fruit is spray free, and like all fruit, tastes best fresh off the bush.Come out, bring your family and friends and make it an outing. Call into our snack bar and enjoy a blueberry icecream or frozen yoghurt. You can also order from our snack menu which includes muffins, toasted sandwiches and paninis. Remember to bring sunblock and a hat, it can be hot out there. (ADDED: February 14, 2013, from their website)

Wellington (Carterton, Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Masterton, Porirua, South Wairarapa, Upper Hutt)

  • Akatarawa Blueberries - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, picnic area
    1229 Akatarawa Rd, Upper Hutt, North Island, New Zealand 5372. Phone: 027-480-2556. Email: niceberries@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm; January to April/May (First frost. Directions: We're located in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley. Our property is only a few minutes drive from Upper Hutt. Take the Akatarawa Road turnoff from SH2, Upper Hutt north and proceed 4.5KM to our farm. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Cheque. There are 2 Blueberry farms sharing the same entrance at 1229 Akatarawa Road. Please follow the signs to Akatarawa Blueberries. (ADDED: April 03, 2012)
  • BerryHealthy Blueberry Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, blueberries,
    247b Paekakariki Hill Road Pauatahanui, Porirua, North Island, New Zealand 5381. Phone: 04 234 7073. Fax: 0274588986. Email: shelley.struthers@xtra.co.nz. Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: BerryHealthy is 2.47km up the Paekakariki Hill Road heading North on the left hand side. Click here for a map and directions. February to mid April - please check. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, only. Pauatahanui has many other activities to offer, great coffee and Lighthouse cinema, Battle Hill Regional park for walks and nature, the Pauatahanui Inlet for kayaking or learning to windsurf, and award winning fish and chip shop at Plimmerton. In Pauatahanui there is also a pyo apple orchard in March and April, a regional park for walking and mountain biking, a cafe with great food and outdoor village setting, a boutique movie theatre and we are close to the Pauatahanui inlet where you can kayak, there are also b and bs in our area if you need a place to stay. (ADDED: March 15, 2011)(UPDATED: February 13, 2013)
  • Bluebank Blueberry & Emu Farm - ORGANIC, Blueberries
    1301 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ. Phone: (64) 4 526-9540. Email: Info@bluebank.co.nz.  Bluebank Farm is about 45 minutes drive from New Zealands capital - Wellington - and less than 10 minutes north from Upper Hutt City in the picturesque Akatarawa Valley.  Take a stroll through the wildflower meadow, or Pick Your Own organic blueberries. Have a close encounter of the " Emu" kind or just browse in the shop for blueberries, emu skin care products and meat, blueberry jam, fudge, pottery and hand made candles.  Winter time is the emu breading season with chicks hatching from July.  For more information please call.  Groups are welcome by arrangement and guided tours provided.  (UPDATED: October 25, 2012, jbs)
  • Blueberry Farm, The - ORGANIC, Blueberries, petting zoo, free picnic area
    1229 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Phone: (04) 526-6788. Directions: Take SH2 from Wellington towards Upper Hutt, and turn left on the Akatarawa road heading towards Staglands. It is the first blueberry farm on the left about 5 km from the Highway. Open: 10am to 5pm, Thursday to Sunday, in season (January through April). Our farm is the only Organic pick your own farm in the Wellington Region and has been farmed organically since 1994. Come and enjoy our delicious desserts café and then take a picnic to our swimming hole, one of the best in the Wellington region. The adults and children will enjoy the petting zoo with the baby animals. We do not charge an access fee to picnic on our portion of the river. We offer birthday party packages as well as school tours of the farm.
  • Blueberry Fields Forever - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    971 Whitemans Valley Road Whitemans Valley, Upper Hutt, North Island 5371. Phone: 04 5287581. Email: carolann@selfsufficiencystore.com. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9;30am to 4pm, January to March. Directions: From Wellington take Highway 2 for about 20kms until you see a turn off for Silverstream . Ignore the first roundabout at the second roundabout turn right under the train over-bridge and left at the next roundabout. Turn right at the next roundabout past the New World Supermarket along Whitemans Road. Blue Mountains Road is the third on the left after the supermarket. Follow the signs from there. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. This is our first season open for PYO and we have lots of beautiful ripe huge blueberries, some the size of grapes. The blueberries aren't certified organic but we have been using Biodynamic preparations and principles for 19years so are about as organic as it gets. The blueberries are $18/kg and we can only accept cash. We have a stall at Hill Street Farmers Market, on a Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Not far from us is the Short Straw Café. (ADDED: January 21, 2014)
  • Penray Gardens - apples, pears, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area
    1199 Statehighway One, Otaki, North Island, New Zealand 5581. Phone: 063645302. Open: Monday 9am to 4;30pm Tuesday 9am to 4;30pm Wednesday 9am to 4;30pm Thursday 9am to 4;30pm Friday 9am to 4;30pm Saturday 9am to 4;30pm Sunday 9am to 4;30pm. Directions: South of the Otaki River Bridge on the Western Side of the Road. Plenty of parking is available. Check Facebook page for current PYO availability. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Also have many varieties of chillies, hungarian peppers, lemons and limes available for picking when in season. (UPDATED: September 23, 2012)(ADDED: January 10, 2011)
  • Ration Creek Orchard - Apples
    119 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, RD1 Porirua, Wellington, NZ. Phone (04) 2348332. Fax (04) 2341097. Aternate phone: (021) 451756. Apple valieties include Red Delicious, Gala, Royal Gala, Granny Smiths and Braeburn, typically available from late February to June.
  • Wee Red Barn – strawberries.
    505 State Highway 2 RD11, Opaki, Masterton, NZ. Phone: 06 377 73 55. ALternate phone: 027 727 87 21. Email: dot@weeredbarn.co.nz. . Directions: 5 mins north of Masterton. They only allow PYO upon occasion, so always call first and ask. They also have many other berries, fresh picked.

South Island

Canterbury (Ashburton, Dunedin, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Mackenzie, Selwyn, Timaru, Waimakariri, Waimate, Waitaki)

  • Broadfield Berryfruit / Blueberry Bliss - blueberries,
    475 Robinsons Road, Broadfield, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7676. Phone: 64 3 325 2232. Email: dbabe@blueberrybliss.co.nz. Directions: Located just 20 minutes from Cathedral Square in Christchurch, the orchard has a quiet country atmosphere within a short drive of Christchurch. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in January, February, March. Open: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. Payment: Cash, only. The bushes have a generous coating of berries and no prickles. The staff encourage customers to pick wherever they like and can sample the berries to get the ones they really like. Training is given by the staff on the way to pick and ice cream containers are provided to pick into. Picking is not arduous, most females manage 3 kgs per hour and men do a bit less. Children are good pickers too. Family groups are encouraged, children are our customer of the future.  If you are keen to pick the very first berries of the season for Xmas....our new variety has ripened early! The fruit is big and sweet and easy picking... so for the first time ever we are opening before Xmas... on Saturday from 10 am until 5pm. For this special treat we will be charging a premium.....$19.50 / kg PYO (in January the price will be $13 / kg PYO) (UPDATED: December 18, 2012, from their website)(UPDATED: January 07, 2009)
  • Gary & Lyndas Narshi Pear Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, pears,
    1127 Shands Road Broadfield, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7676. Email: smith_trev@hotmail.com. Directions: On Shands Road between Robertson's and Tancred s Road. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in March, April. Open: As of the 07/3/09 and 08/3/09 and each week - end till end of March; hours are 8am till 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays (closed weekdays). All Nashi Pears 15 aches of trees BRING YOUR OWN BAG OR CONTAINER. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. The price is $1.70 kg . Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: March 04, 2009)
  • GraceBrook Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, cherries,
    156 Ashworths Rd State Highway 1, Amberley, South Island, New Zealand 7481. Phone: 03 3147076. Email: info@gracebrook.co.nz. Open: 7 days from 9am to 5pm; No entry fee, minimum pick 1 kilogram per person. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Next door to Brew Moon, down a driveway. Click here for a map and directions. Cherries: December 10 to January 10. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: January 01, 2011)
  • Kaituna Orchards - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, cherries,
    Kaituna Valley Rd RD 2, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7672. Phone: 03 3290852. Email: kaituna.orchards@gmail.com. Open: 10:00am to 4:30pm; Last entry 4:30pm, close at 5:30pm; Open everyday except Christmas Day!. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From Christchurch City head towards Akaroa using the Christchurch Akaroa Highway. You will pass through Tai Tapu, Lavender Farm, Blue Duck Cafe, and Honey Farm. When you see Lake Ellesmere on your right, you will soon see the Kaituna Orchards signboard on your right, turn left about 600m ahead into Kaituna Valley Road Drive up the valley and you will be happily greeted by more of our signboards!. Click here for a map and directions. PYO usually starts from late November to mid January; Please check our website for latest updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. EFTPOS now available!. (UPDATED: November 29, 2012) (ADDED: February 08, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on February 08, 2010: "Cherry picking from December to February. Located opposite the Kaituna winery. "
  • Otahuna Berries - raspberries
    Rhodes Rd R D 2, Tai Tapu, North Canterbury, New Zealand. Phone: (03) 3296687. Open: January to ?. Also have a cafe (Raspberry cafe)
    Comments from a visitor on January 06, 2009:
    "Great!" (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: January 06, 2009)
  • Pataka Pottery and Berries - raspberries, sometimes tomatoes
    768 Marshland Road, Christchurch, NZ , 8083. Phone: 03-323-8915. December, January, February, accepts credit cards. Click here for a map.
    A visitor writes: "It is wonderful! I take my daughter every summer to pick raspberries there."
  • Smithfield Berries - blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (black),
    90 Smithfield Road 2RD, Ashburton, South Island, New Zealand 7772. Phone: 64-03-3083498. Fax: 64-03-3083467. Email: smithpears@clear.net.nz. Open: 7 Days from 8am to 6pm; Closed Xmas Day and New Years Day. Directions: 90 Smithfield Road 2RD Ashburton.Signposted from Seafield Road- Smithfield road-Bridge Street Intersection. Click here for a map and directions. Raspberries December-January Ranui Mid-December-January Boysnberries Mid-December-January Blackberries Mid-December-January. Payment: Cash, only. ranui. (ADDED: January 24, 2011)
  • Southberry – PYO Raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, tayberries, Ranui, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries
    56 Tinwald, Westerfield, Mayfeild Road, RD 1, Ashburton, New Zealand. Phone: 03 308 1338. Email: info@southberry.co.nz.
  • West Melton Cherries - Uses natural growing practices, cherries,
    131 Melton Grange Road West Melton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7671. Phone: 03-374-2235. Open: PYO 10am till 4pm every day. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. PYO is subject to availability; Please phone for availability and conditions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Please note we are CLOSED Christmas Day. (UPDATED: December 18, 2012)
  • West Melton Cherry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, cherries,
    131 Melton Grange Rd RD1, West Melton, South Island, New Zealand 7671. Phone: 03 374 2235. Email: admin@westmeltoncherries.co.nz. Open: 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Late November until mid January. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: January 03, 2011)
  • Willowbank Raspberries - raspberries
    125 Hussey Road, Northwood, 8051 Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ. Phone: 03 359 8864. Open: usuall after Christmas then through January.

Marlborough

  • Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, strawberries,
    205 Old Renwick Rd, Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand 7272. Phone: 03 5785268. Email: hedgerows@xtra.co.nz. Open: Mid September to end of February every day 08h30 to 5pm Strawberries available in season Sunday mornings we are at the Farmers Market corner Maxwell Rd and Alabama Rd; Shop opens 10am. Directions: From Blenheim take the Grove Road and turn left just before the Grove Road bridge. Continue along Old Renwick Road to Rene Street The farm is on the corner of Old Renwick Road and Rene Street From Renwick take Old Renwick RD to the corner of Rene Street and Old Renwick Road. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: September to February. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. We are on the local co-op; see best things to do in and around Blenheim. (ADDED: January 10, 2012)

Nelson

  • Berrylands - PYO raspberries, boysenberries
    108 Appleby Highway, Appleby, Nelson, New Zealand. Tel: + 64 (03) 544 2099. Open: typically mid December through January. Directions: between Mapua and Nelson.(UPDATED: February 14, 2013, by JBS)
  • Blackbird Valley Blueberries - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    Blackbird Valley Road RD2, Upper Moutere, South Island, New Zealand 7175. Phone: (03) 543 2331. Open: Saturday, Sunday and Monday; 10 am to 3 pm; 2 February to 15 April (dependent on availability of ripe berries). Directions: From Upper Moutere follow the Moutere Highway north towards Motueka 3.1 km to Neudorf Road (Prices Corner). Follow Neudorf Road for 4.4 km to Blackbird Valley Road on the left. Drive approximately 1.8 km along Blackbird Valley Road to the end of the seal. The blueberry orchard is on the left. Enter at the signed gate. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. Our blueberries are BioGro certified, and claimed by many of our customers to be the best blueberries they have tasted!. (ADDED: January 02, 2013)
  • Fuchsiadale Blueberries - blueberries, flowers, U-pick and already picked
    140 Paton Road, Hope, Richmond, Nelson, South Island 7081. Phone: 03 5446507. Email: parkesfam@maxnet.co.nz. Open: We are usually open for picking from 8;30 am in the morning every Tuesday and Saturday, from the beginning of December until the end of March; Extra picking days if there is plenty of fruit, especially around Christmas. Directions: We are only 5 minutes from Richmond at 140 Paton Road, Hope. Refer to our blogsite for a map. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: November 26, 2013)

Otago (Central Otago, Clutha, Queenstown-Lakes, Waitaki(eastern half) )

  • Coal Creek Gardens - apricots, cherries, picnic area
    Coal Creek 1rd Roxburgh, Roxburgh, South Island, New Zealand 9500. Phone: (03)4468323. Email: greystokes-roche@xtra.co.nz. Open: All Week, from 8am to 8pm during fruit season. Directions: 5 minutes North of Roxburgh on SH8. 20 minutes south of Alexandra on SH8. Half way from Invercagill or Dunedin to Queenstown or Wanaka. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own cherries: December 25th - Mid January Pick your own apricots: Mid January. Payment: Cash, only. Produce from farm sold at Gore Farmers Market Saturdays during fruit season in Gore. (ADDED: July 05, 2009)
  • Darlings Orchard and Fruit juices - cherries,
    Rapid 5090 State Highway 8 Ettrick Central Otago, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand 9138. Phone: 03 446 6763. Email: darlingsorchard@xtra.co.nz. Open: December to February 9am to 6pm. Directions: On State Highway 8 midway between Dunedin and Queenstown. Click here for a map and directions. Cherries December to February. Payment: Cash, Cheque. A wide selection of pure fruit juices made and blended on our property. (ADDED: May 14, 2009)
  • Hobbs Family Partnership Orchard and Fruit Stall - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums,
    161 Teviot Road Hercules Flat, Roxburgh, South Island 9572. Phone: 03 446 8585. Email: sandralex@xtra.co.nz. Open: 7 Days 7am to 9pm, late December to mid May. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: In Roxburgh, turn right opposite the Petrol Station down Jedburgh Street and cross the Clutha River. Turn right off bridge. We are only 2 km down road. Plenty of easy parking. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Cheque. We are a small family-run, old fashioned business, established in 1991. (ADDED: February 13, 2013)
  • Kawarau Gardens - PYO cherries
    State Highway 6, Ripponvale, Ripponvale, NZ , Phone: +64 3 445 0733. Open: December to January. Driections:  3 miles from Cromwell at entrance to Kawarau Gorge.
  • Keen's Berry Farm -  raspberries
    Otago, NZ. Phone: 03 431 3724. Email: petechrisk@clear.net.nz. Directions: a 10-15 minute drive from Oamaru.
  • Matsinger Berry Farm - Strawberries
    15K Oamaru 9494 NZ. Phone: 03 431 7817. Email: matsinger@fastmail.fm. Open: Berries available from November til May. Directions: When travelling north of Oamaru, the turn-off to the Waitaki Valley is at Pukeuri. About 10kms along the road, you will see the signpost Matsinger Berry Farm. We start picking in November and fruit available until May.
  • Menlove Berry Farm – raspberries, strawberries
    Orchard Road, Wanaka. Phone: 03 443 4248. ALternate phone: 021 494 149. Email: info@berryfarmhomestay.co.nz.
  • Monte Christo Gardens Clyde – raspberries
    98 Springvale Road, Clyde, NZ. Phone: 03-449-2268. Email: montechristogardens@xtra.co.nz. Price in 2012 is $15.00/kg.

Southland (Gore, Invercargill, Southland)

Tasman

West Coast (Buller, Grey, Westland / Western)


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Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

South Island

Nelson

Marlborough

Otago (Central Otago, Clutha, Dunedin, Queenstown-Lakes, Waitaki(eastern half) )

  • Coal Creek Gardens - Covered outdoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, Apples, apricots, boysenberries, cherries, cucumbers, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries, tomatoes, walnuts, Other fruit or veg, picnic area
    Coal Creek 1rd Roxburgh, Roxburgh, South Island, New Zealand 9500. Phone: (03)4468323. Email: coalcreekroche@yahoo.co.nz. Open: All Week, from 8am to 8pm during fruit season. Directions: 5 minutes North of Roxburgh on SH8. 20 minutes south of Alexandra on SH8. Half way from Invercagill or Dunedin to Queenstown or Wanaka. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own cherries: December 25th - Mid January Pick your own apricots: Mid January. Payment: Cash, only. Produce from farm sold at Gore Farmers Market Saturdays during fruit season in Gore. (ADDED: July 05, 2009) (UPDATED: December 09, 2011)
  • Otago Farmers Market - Fresh fruit from Central Otago, vegetables and berries from the Taieri plains; every week over 65 different vendors come together from all over the province to create one of the busiest Farmers Markets in Australasia.
    Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand. Phone: 0274-636-275. Email: mm@otagofarmersmarket.org.nz. Each Saturday morning thousands of people flock to the Dunedin Railway Station north car park to purchase local food directly from the people who made it. Our customers love the friendly atmosphere, the fresh produce and the bargains that can always be found. With vendors all selling different products it is easy to see why so many local people choose to shop here. There is food to eat on site, buskers and weekly cooking demonstrations. Find out more about the Otago Farmers Saturday Market click here.

Tasman

  • Omahanui Berryfruit Gardens - blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, marionberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, picnic area, farm market
    21 Drummond Road, Braeburn, Upper Moutere, South Island, New Zealand 7175. Phone: 03-526-7759. Fax: 03-526-7759. Email: rn_pj_hellyer@xtra.co.nz. Open: November on Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm; December to mid January daily from 9am to 6pm; Mid January to end of March Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm; We are Closed 25-27 December. Directions: From Motueka Aerodrome follow Inland Moutere Highway approximately 11 kms, sign posted at Drummond Road. From Nelson take the Coastal Highway and turn off the Ruby Bay bypass at Harley Road then go through to Inland Moutere Highway and turn right and go 2.5kms towards Motueka. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries from early November to end of March Other berries from early December to mid January and Autumn crops. Ready picked blueberries from December to March inclusive. Payment: Cash, Cheque. We have a small country garden setting. We do not have EFTPOS payment facilities. No dogs allowed on property please. Peak time for most fruits is late December to about 8th January. (UPDATED: August 26, 2014)  (UPDATED: January 07, 2012) (ADDED: October 21, 2011)

Nelson

North Island

Bay of Plenty (Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane)

  • Berry De'Vine Boysenberries - boysenberries,
    Shaw Rd, Whakatane, North Island, New Zealand 3120Email: lani@berrydevine.co.nz. Open: When fruit are in Season, at the Whakatane Farmers Market, Pyne Street, Whakatane Repeats every week every Sunday until Sunday May 29 2011 . Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: December 21, 2010)
  • R n' Bees - blackberries, boysenberries, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    132 Thornton Road, Whakatane, North Island 3192. Phone: 07 3080118. Email: graham@rnbees.co.nz. Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am until 5:30pm during Berry season (from mid October until end of February); Monday to Saturday 8:30am until 5:30pm in off season. Directions: On the right, 1.3km from the Whakatane/Matata intersection heading towards Matata. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. R n' Bees (formerly R & B Berry Garden) is under new Ownership. We will bring you the same great tasting and value berries that R & B's were loved for. EFTPOS payment available during berry season. Beehive visits, subject to group numbers and staff availability. (ADDED: May 22, 2014)

Waikato (Hamilton, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, southern Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupo, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato,Waipa, Waitomo)

  • Kaipaki Nursery & Orchard - Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Apples, plums,
    1309 Kaipaki Road Leamington, Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand 3495. Phone: 07 827 9562. Email: kaipakinurse@xtra.co.nz. Open: 2nd Saturday of each Month Matamata 8am to 12pm 2nd Sunday each month Lions Trash 'n Treasure Cambridge 8am to 1 pm 3rd Saturday each month Hinuera Country Market 8am to 12pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. We also have a range of small plants including fruiting plants as available. (UPDATED: January 06, 2013)
  • Monavale Blueberries Limited & Cafe Irresistiblue - Uncovered outdoor market, blueberries, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, school tours
    Corner Turkington & Wallace Roads, Monavale,, Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand 3495. Phone: 07 827 9456. Fax: 07 827 9485. Email: info@monavaleblueberries.co.nz. Open: Cambridge Farmers Market, Saturday mornings, 8am to 12noon Hamilton Farmers Market, Sunday mornings, 8am to 12noon Tamahere Country Market, every 3rd Saturday, 8;30am to 1pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Monavale Blueberries orchard and cafe is signposted off the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Road. Click here for a map and directions. Our organic blueberries are available October through to the end of March. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Monavale Blueberries is a BioGro certifed organic orchard (BioGro number 511). (ADDED: May 22, 2010)
  • The Olde Berry Farm Limited - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables,
    205 Morrinsville Road R.D.6, Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand 3286. Phone: 07 858 2968. Fax: 07 856 2405. Email: shop@oldeberryfarm.co.nz. Open: The Shop is open October through to March; Open seven days a week; Typical opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Weekends and Public Holidays: 9am to 5pm; Closed Christmas day; See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: 2km from the Hillcrest Roundabout between the Cattery and the Vets. See website for more detail or contact us for assistance. Shop: Open from October to March; Pick Your Own: Typically occurs in December to early January. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards. (ADDED: August 01, 2012, by JBS)

Wellington (Carterton, Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Masterton, Porirua, South Wairarapa, Upper Hutt)

  • Blueberry Fields Forever - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries
    971 Whitemans Valley Road Whitemans Valley, Upper Hutt, North Island 5371. Phone: 04 5287581. Email: carolann@selfsufficiencystore.com. Directions: From Wellington take Highway 2 for about 20kms until you see a turn off for Silverstream . Ignore the first roundabout at the second roundabout turn right under the train over-bridge and left at the next roundabout. Turn right at the next roundabout past the New World Supermarket along Whitemans Road. Blue Mountains Road is the third on the left after the supermarket. Follow the signs from there. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. This is our first season open for PYO and we have lots of beautiful ripe huge blueberries, some the size of grapes. The blueberries aren't certified organic but we have been using Biodynamic preparations and principles for 19years so are about as organic as it gets. The blueberries are $18kg and we can only accept cash. We have a stall at Hill Street Farmers Market, on a Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Not far from us is the Short Straw Café. (ADDED: January 21, 2014)
  • Penray Gardens - Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), broccoli, courgettes, pears, peppers, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area
    1199 Statehighway One, Otaki, North Island, New Zealand 5581. Phone: 063645302. Open: Monday 9am to 5pm Tuesday 9am to 5pm Wednesday 9am to 5pm Thursday 9am to 5pm Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 9am to 5pm. Directions: South of the Otaki River Bridge on the Western Side of the Road. Plenty of parking is available. Check Facebook page for current PYO availability. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Also have many varieties of chillies, hungarian peppers, lemons and limes available for picking when in season. (UPDATED: September 23, 2012) (ADDED: January 10, 2011)

Local Honey Sources:

North Island

Bay of Plenty (Kawerau, Opotiki,Rotorua, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane)

  • R n' Bees - Honey (retail), Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm
    132 Thornton Road, Whakatane, North Island 3192. Phone: 07 3080118. Email: graham@rnbees.co.nz. Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am until 5:30pm during Berry season (from mid October until end of February); Monday to Saturday 8:30am until 5:30pm in off season. Directions: On the right, 1.3km from the Whakatane/Matata intersection heading towards Matata. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. R n' Bees (formerly R & B Berry Garden) is under new Ownership. We will bring you the same great tasting and value berries that R & B's were loved for. EFTPOS payment available during berry season. Home of 'Our Honey' - delicious spring Rewarewa honey -- loaded with Anti Oxidants, and multi-floral bush blend main crop from our bush sites, with Manuka. Our Honey is filtered, but not heat treated, and full of goodness. (ADDED: May 22, 2014)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Waikato (Hamilton, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, southern Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupo, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato,Waipa, Waitomo)

  • Monavale Blueberries Limited & Cafe Irresistiblue - Wedding Reception, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational groups, Other Private Parties, Restaurant onsite, Tables and chairs are Provided, Linens and table silverware are provided, Wine, Champagne, & Beer Only, Peach/Nectarine, Apricot, etc. Orchard, CD Player, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, children welcome, No smoking allowed, Vegetarian meals available, handicap accessible, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, school tours
    Corner Turkington & Wallace Roads, Monavale,, Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand 3495. Phone: 07 827 9456. Fax: 07 827 9485. Email: info@monavaleblueberries.co.nz. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9am to 4;30pm Closed Monday and Tuesday Contact us if you would like to book your function for hours outside the standard. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Monavale Blueberries orchard and cafe is signposted off the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Road. Click here for a map and directions. Our organic blueberries are available October through to the end of March;. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Monavale Blueberries is a BioGro certifed organic orchard (BioGro number 511). Monavale Blueberries is the largest BioGro certified organic blueberry orchard in New Zealand with 50 acres of certified crop. We are a family owned and operated orchard and offer orchard tours from October through to March, and Pick Your Own from late December through to mid March. During our season we are at the Cambridge and Hamilton Farmers Markets as well. We have also recently opened an orchard cafe and shop - Cafe Irresistiblue. (ADDED: May 22, 2010)

Farm Bed and Breakfasts (Farm Stays)

North Island

Manawatu-Wanganui (Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Tararua, Wanganui)

  • Marahua Blueberry Farm -
    40 Owhango Road,, Owhango, NA 3990. Phone: (07) 895 4410. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Marahua Blueberry Orchard in New Zealand was established in 1979, with the planting of five original American blueberry varieties: Atlanta, Burlington, Concord, Dixie and Jersey. The orchard has been organically run under the present ownership since 1993, and boasts of the tastiest blueberries in the world, with the original plantings still in place. It has become a community treasure. WHAT ELSE HAS IT GOT TO OFFER? Set back from but close to Highway 4, and right opposite a ski shop, Marahua has a quiet and peaceful small farm atmosphere, comfortable accommodation close to the Mount Ruapehu ski-fields, numerous walks, the Wanganui River adventures on the doorstep, hunting, mountain biking, trout fishing in the local Whakapapa River , the Wanganui River and Lake Taupo, 45 minutes away and much more. Refer to local attractions. Pick your own berries in the season (January to March) which can be chiller stored and/or frozen for your convenience. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 19, 2013)
    A visitor writes on July 19, 2013: "the best farm stay in the whole world, I mean it cause I have travelled. We have been there twice so far planning a trip in Oct as well"

New Zealand Crop Availability Calendar

 

New Zealand Pick-your-own calendar

October  
November  
December Raspberries, Strawberries
January Apples (early, starting mid-Jan), Blueberries, Melons,  Raspberries, Strawberries, Sweet corn
February  Apples (early), Blueberries, Melons, Sweet corn
March Apples, Some Blueberries (early March), Grapefruit, Lemons, Melons, Raspberries (Fall crop), Sweet corn
April Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Melons, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop), Sweet corn

May

Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)
June Apples, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)

July

August

 

September

 

 


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