Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Wellington area of New Zealand? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Wellington 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 If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!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!
 If you are having a hard time finding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.

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! 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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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 December 2021, and other timely information:

Notes for December 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!

Wellington area 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

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

  • Akatarawa Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, 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: [email protected]. 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. ur 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 cafe 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. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. We grow 16 varieties of berries so you can pick all summer long. We're open for picking from late December until the first frost.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.
  • Bluebank Blueberry & Emu Farm - ORGANIC, Blueberries
    1301 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ. Phone: (64) 4 526-9540. Email: [email protected].  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. March. Depending on weather and demand pick your own can last up until the end of April / mid May. Normally, the blueberry season for us goes from the 1st of January until the end of March / mid April. Payment: Cash, eftpos. Our driveay is shared so make sure you keep left and left again to arrive to the farm, the cafe and the swimming hole (reserved during the season for our customers only). Price of blueberries varies throughout the season and we like to keep the price of our organic fruit lower than that of supermarkets. (UPDATED: April 25, 2018)
  • Blueberry Fields Forever/a> - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    971 Whitemans Valley Road Whitemans Valley , Upper Hutt, North Island 5371. Phone: 04 5287581. Email:
    [email protected]. Open: Typically the PYO for blueberries will start around the end of the first week in January and go through to the second week of March; on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am till 5pm; If you are unable to come during these times please ring me and see if we can arrange another time. The price is the same as always is $22kg. 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, eftpos or internet banking. Click here for our Facebook page.. . As seen on the Topp Twins programme. Again lots of beautiful ripe huge blueberries. The blueberries aren't certified organic but I have been using Biodynamic preparations and principles for 20years. The blueberries are $22kg. Carolann has a stall at Thorndon Farmers Market in Wellington by Parliament, Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm. I look forward to seeing you all again this year and welcome new faces. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Organic Blueberries.
     (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: January 04, 2019)
  • Noho Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    7 Heatherlea East Rd, Levin, New Zealand 5571. Phone: 64 6-368 0036. Email: [email protected]. Open: See thier website or Facebook page for seasonal hours. We're a blueberry farm located on State Highway 1, just north of Levin. We sell fresh, spray free blueberries and are available most days for pick your own. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (ADDED: May 12, 2018, JBS)
  • 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.
  • Pukeawa Blueberry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blueberries, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals
    405 Paekakariki Hill Road Pauatahanui, Porirua, North Island 5381. Phone: 04 2374783. Email: [email protected]. Open: See website for hours of operation; the farm is listed for sale as of December 2020, so the future is uncertain. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only.  (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) (ADDED: December 30, 2017)
  • Ration Creek Orchard - Apples
    119 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, RD1 Porirua, Wellington, NZ. Phone (04) 2348332. Alternate phone: (021) 451756. Email: [email protected]. Open: Apple orchard open during season from March to June; from 10 am to 5 pm each day. PYO fruit as well as bagged apples.. For PYO bring your own bag. Only fresh fruit sold. Payment: Cash or phone banking only. No EFTPOS. Apple valieties include Red Delicious, Gala, Royal Gala, Granny Smiths and Braeburn, typically available from late February to June.   (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS)
  • Waikawa Blueberries - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food)
    123 Waikawa Beach Road, Manakau, Select your area 5573. Phone: +6421712217. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10 am to 4 pm during December, February, March and until mid - April. Directions: From Wellington, drive North on State Highway 1 - drive through Otaki and travel 6 minutes until you reach Manakau. Turn left down Waikawa Beach Road, and we are 800 metres down the road on your left. From Levin, drive South for 10 minutes until you come to the sign for Waikawa Beach, turn right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Cheque. In 2020-2021, $22/kg for PYO and pre-picked at $10/375g (3 of the supermarket 125g packs). Real fruit icecream and coffee available. (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) (ADDED: March 09, 2015)

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]


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book