Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Waikato area of New Zealand? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Waikato area 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 If you find anything outdated or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. Let me know when you see price changes!
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New! Road tripping and camping is a great way to have a fun, safe and inexpensive
family trip. The national and state parks and monuments are open, and campgrounds usually cost between $10 and $40 per night. September to November is the best
camping weather. See our new website Road Tripping and Camping.com for tips, tricks,
guides, checklists and info about parks, monuments and other places to visit.
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!
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What's in season in December 2021, and
other timely information:
Notes for December 2021:Spring is here! Strawberries and
other berries are coming in! See your
crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.
And see our guide to local
vegetable festivals, such as
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!
Waikato area of New Zealand U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by
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
click here for Farm Markets in New
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
form or suggest a farm form! And if you own a farm and want to add it or
correct the information,
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
Harvest time calendar (tells when crops are available)
If you want to start your own food business, at home or otherwise, see this page.
Waikato (Hamilton, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, southern
Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupo, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato,Waipa, Waitomo)
- Berry Lane Orchard - Uses natural
growing practices, blueberries, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and
already picked, group reservations
9137 State Highway 2, Waihi,
Waikato, North Island, New Zealand 3682. Phone: +647-863-8435. Open:
most days 9 am to 4 pm. Directions: West side of Waihi on State Highway
2, opposite Waihi Hire.
Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: January 20 to
March 20; Elderberries also available: February 15 to late March. We use
natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment:
Cash, only. (ADDED: March 12, 2015)
- Berryfresh - Raspberries,boysenberries and blackberries
Te Rahu Road, Te Awamutu, New Zealand 3879. Phone: 64 7-871 5805.
Email: [email protected]. Open: on
weekends, call for hours. PYO raspberries Freshly picked raspberries and blackberries And delicious berry ice cream. Berryfresh is the first place to turn for quality grown fruit and fruit
products, real fruit ice-creams. Fresh Raspberries,boysenberries and
blackberries. (ADDED: February 16, 2019, JBS)
Blueberry Country Ohaupo - blueberries
397 Jary Road, RD1
Hamilton, Ohaupo, North Island, New Zealand 3881. Email:
[email protected]. .
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. These are
commercial varieties that perform well in our climate. 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.
Click here for our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: January 17, 2020)
Blueberry Country Ngatea - blueberries
229 Central Road South,
Ngatea, North Island, New Zealand 3881. Email:
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. These are commercial varieties that perform
well in our climate. 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. (UPDATED:
January 17, 2020)
A visitor writes on January 23,
2015: "Was fantastic, but take sunblock and sunhats. They have
Blueberries, fresh, frozen, Blueberry ice-cream, jam, honey & chutney.
Hats & bags for sale and Blueberry ice take home packs , restrooms, gift
shop,NO dogs allowed, NO smoking. NO sprays used. "
Orchards - apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, tomatoes, blackberries
78 Osborne Rd, RD1, Horsham Downs, Hamilton, NZ. Phone: 07 829 4838.
[email protected].. Open: Peak Season: October to
March: 8.30am to 6.00pm, seven days a week; Closed Off Season: April ~
Directions: signs from River Road North. Strawberries in shop and PYO
when available. Peaches in shop and PYO when available. Nectarines in
shop and PYO when available. Tomatoes in shop and PYO when available.
Blackberries in shop and PYO when available. Apples in shop and PYO when
available. Pears in shop and PYO when available. In the farmshop,
freshly picked: sweetcorn, cherries, plums, feijoas, and fresh fruit ice
creams are coming soon. (UPDATED: February 16, 2019, JBS)
Huka Prawn Farm - Catch
your own prawns
Karetoto Rd, Wairakei, NZ 3377. Phone: (07) 374 8474.
[email protected]. Open: . Prawn fishing catch em if
you can and so much more, everything is included in activity pass,
memories are free. You have to see it to believe it!New Zealand's only
prawn park offers a fun filled day of entertainment for the whole
family. Pack a picnic and towel and spend the day creating exciting
prawn memories to last forever. From the minute, you arrive at our
entrance you will be amazed at such a place existing in the world. Start
by joining our behind the scenes guided tour through the nursery and
hatchery, hear about our 30-year history, meet our prawns up close and
personal and while you're there you have to feel the strange sensation
of hand feeding the baby prawns. Race up and down our massive new
boating lake on stand-up paddleboards, water trikes, and pedal boats.
Watch the excitement on your child's face as you head down our adventure
trail trying out all the interactive activities. Feed the trout, battle
the family on our water cannons, only the brave tackle the water
gauntlets, ending at the kids playground and footbaths. Directions: 10
minutes' drive north of Taupo, near Huka Falls. You can have the prawns
you catch cooked up in the riverside restaurant or take them home and do
it yourself. If you book ahead, Mahurangi Oysters north of Auckland near
Warkworth take oyster lovers out on their boat, the Shuckleferry. For a
few hours, owners Andrew and Lisa teach all there is to know about
oysters while guests enjoy freshly shucked delicacies with local beer,
wine and juice.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(ADDED: December 14, 2018, JBS)
Kaipaki Nursery & Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
1309 Kaipaki Road Road 3, Cambridge, North Island, New Zealand 3495.
Phone: 07 8279562. Email:
[email protected]. 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.
- Kuranui Berries
477 Kuranui Road, Morrinsville, NZ. Phone: 0275
197 688. Email: [email protected].
Open: from October through January. First opened in 2016.
February 16, 2019, JBS)
Lavender Backyard Garden - Uses natural growing practices,
398 Marshmeadow Rd RD6, Hamilton, North Island 3286.
Phone: 027 6128888. Email:
[email protected]. Open: The PYO field opens from 26
December every year from 9 am to 5pm; Already picked blueberries starts
in early December. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
Click here for our Facebook page. We are a blueberry and lavender
farm. We offer already-picked fresh blueberries, frozen blueberries (all
year round), lavender sightseeing, and lavender products. Enjoy
everything at once!. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified
Organic. (UPDATED: November 27, 2016)
Matangi Persimmons - No pesticides are used
436 Tauwhare Rd Matangi , Hamilton, North Island 3260.
Phone: 07 8295732. Email:
[email protected]. Open: From 7 May till 15 June open 7 days 9am to 5
pm; Please ring to check fruit availablity. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the
crops. Pesticide free fruit available to pick your self from our orchard
the season is early May till mid June or whenever all the fruit are
gone. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: February 16, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: March 31, 2016)
Monavale Blueberries & Cafe Irresistiblue -
Certified Organic, blueberries,
156 Turkington Road Monavale, Cambridge, North Island 3495. Phone:
07 8279456. Fax: 07 827 9485. Email:
[email protected]. 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).
- Ryburn Gardens - blueberries
23 Ryburn Road, Newstead, Hamilton 3286. Open: 7 days a week until
mid-January; Weekday 10am to 7pm, Weekends 9am to 7pm. Bring your own containers. No Dogs. Please wear
footwear. Children are Welcome. Please
wear sunscreen. Payment: Cash only. Scales will be onsite. Parking on the road berm only. We are happy for you to taste some blueberries while you pick.
Strawberry Farm - strawberries
337 Newell Rd, Tamahere 3283
New Zealand. Phone: 07-859 1380. Open: weekends only in November,
December, and January; and every day between Christmas and New Year.
Directions: Hamilton area. Entry fee: $3 for children 3-12 years, $4.50
for adults (2019). Take-home strawberries are charged per kilo,
seasonally adjusted. Enjoy the whole Strawberry Farm experience by
picking your own! To save disappointment, we recommend you contact us to
make sure it's open before you come out. We grow the Camarosa variety of
strawberry. They're a sweet, large fruit with a good shelf life and
beautiful colour, just what you need for your celebratory recipe or
fruit bowl. What could be better than being out in the summer sunshine,
strolling through a field of strawberries and selecting the freshest,
ripest berries yourself? 'Sample' as you pick and take the rest home to
share - if you don't devour them all in the car on the way home.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: February 16, 2019, JBS)
Tauwhare Berry Farm, aka Ye Olde berry Farm, aka World's Best Berry Farm - blackberries, boysenberries,
raspberries (red), strawberries,
205 Morrinsville Road R.D.6,
Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand 3286. Phone: 64 7-829 5489. Email: [email protected]. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Pick Your Own typically occurs in
December/January; Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday and public holidays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Closed Christmas day; 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. PYO weekends includes strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries. they have a full range of fresh and frozen berry fruits, fresh
produce and of course real fruit ice creams and much more. Please check
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.At Tauwhare Berry Farm we use modern and
sustainable growing practices to produce superior tasting fruit that Kiwis love. The only farm within the Waikato Region that grows a variety of
berries on one property. Get the farm-to-table experience and pick your own this season.
(UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) (ADDED: August 01, 2012, &
v by JBS)
Bay of Plenty (Kawerau, Opotiki,Rotorua, Western Bay of Plenty,
R n' Bees - Honey (retail), Raw honeys, Honey from hives on
132 Thornton Road, Whakatane, North Island 3192. Phone: 07
[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
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
Bed and Breakfasts (Farm Stays)
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 Pick-your-own calendar
Apples (early, starting mid-Jan), Blueberries, Melons, Raspberries,
Strawberries, Sweet corn
Melons, Sweet corn
Apples, Some Blueberries (early March), Grapefruit, Lemons, Melons,
Raspberries (Fall crop), Sweet corn
Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Melons, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop),
Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)
Apples, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)
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