Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki areas of New Zealand? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki areas of New Zealand, sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name  (see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

New! Pricing information - I am building a pricing guide to help you know what the typical prices are for each crop.

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What's in season in April 2021, and other timely information:

Notes for April 2021:Spring is here! Strawberries and other berries are coming in! See your area's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as tomato, corn, and more!

You may noticed the new appearance to the website! Simpler, cleaner and mobile-friendly! I'm rolling it out, page by page over the next 2 months. Everything is still here; such as home canning and freezing directions. You can access it from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki areas of New Zealand U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by area

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)

If you want to start your own food business, at home or otherwise, see this page.

North Island

Taranaki (New Plymouth, South Taranaki, Stratford)

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

  • Blue Acres - blueberries - blueberries,
    201 Pohangina Valley East Road, Ashhurst, Palmerston North, North Island 4884 Open: 7 Days a week when crop allows; December 10 am to Late January. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Palmerston North, drive through Ashhurst up Pohangina Valley Road 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. Click here for our Facebook page. Pick Your Own, Spray Free, Blueberries. Locally grown blueberries in Pohangina. We offer pick your own as well as shop sales of fresh and frozen. We are a CASH ONLY business so please remember to bring plenty of cash and also remember to bring your own container for PYO.  (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: October 05, 2016)  
  • Delta Gardens - raspberries, potatoes, peas, broad beans, carrots
    151 Walkers Road, Palmerston North, New Zealand 4414. Phone: 64 6-357 1382. Open: Daily, until Christmas; from 8am to 2pm. Come on out and enjoy the experience of PYO.  New potatoes (jersey benne, Nadine). Fresh peas (last patch) Peas $5kg, new potatoes $3kg. Payment: CASH ONLY. Delta Gardens are primarily Flower Growers, with Seasonal Self Harvesting.
  • Kaitieke Chestnut Farm - chestnuts,
    Raurimu Kaitieke Road Kaitieke, Rd2 Owhango, North Island 3990. Phone: 07 866 5852. Email: [email protected]. Open: Pick your own available from 9am until 3pm 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.
  • Marahua Blueberry Farm - Blueberries,
    40 Owhango Road,, Owhango, NA 3990. Phone: (07) 895 4410. Open: UPDATE for 2020, Their website is gone; and their Facebook page hasn't been updated in  years. Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me. 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.
    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"
  • Windermere - strawberries
    313 State Highway 3, Wanganui, North Island, NZ. Phone: (06) 345 8390. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 days a week, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, from labour weekend in October to late-April or May. Directions: just 5 minutes north of Whanganui on the Whanganui - New Plymouth main highway. The farm is an all-in-one berry fruit/produce market, farm store and cafĂ© overlooking the strawberry patch. Visit our farm shop and cafe and be tempted by our tasty brunch and lunch selections, or cool off with a real berry ice cream or sundae. We have a wonderful range of freshly picked berries, a range of frozen berries, as well as wines for sale in our shop. Or delight the children and 'Pick Your Own'. So much fun. The strawberries are in raised chest-high beds. See the Windermere Facebook page here.  (ADDED: 18 December 2020, JBS)

 


New Zealand Map


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


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: [email protected]. 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.

Farm Venues for Weddings, 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: [email protected]. 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.

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.
    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

 


Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

[ Easy Home Canning Directions] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]


The Presto Pressure
canners are out
of stock, but Tfal's
are available!


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book