Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in South Island of New Zealand?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in South Island 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 If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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 August 2019, and other timely information:

Notes for August 2019: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!

South Island 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)

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: [email protected]. 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)
  • Gary & Lyndas Narshi Pear Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, pears,
    1127 Shands Road Broadfield, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7676. Email: [email protected]. Directions: On Shands Road between Robertson's and Tancred s Road. Click here for a map and directions. 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 most recent reported price is $1.70 kg, but that was years ago  . Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
  • Gracebrook Orchard - cherries, Minimizes chemical and pesticide use,
    156 Ashworths Road State Highway 1, Amberley, South Island 7481. Phone: 033147076. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 days from 9 am to 4 pm; PYO starts 1st January every year - see Facebook page for events and updates. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Minimum chemical and pesticide use, cherries are not exported but are export quality. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Cherries.  (UPDATED: January 05, 2017)
  • Kaituna Orchards - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, cherries,
    Kaituna Valley Rd RD 2, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand 7672. Phone: 03 3290852. Email: [email protected]. 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!.
    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!"
  • 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.
    Comments from a visitor on July 02, 2016: "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: [email protected]. Open: 7 Days from 8am to 6pm; Closed Xmas Day and New Years Day; December and January. 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. Fresh fruit and Pick-your-own available daily in season; Frozen raspberries available all year round by phoning 033083498. Please note NO EFTPOS.
  • 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: [email protected].
  • 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.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.

Nelson

  • Berrylands - PYO Raspberries, Boysenberries, Strawberries, Karakaberries
    108 Appleby Highway, Appleby, Nelson, New Zealand. Phone: 02 1983391. Email: [email protected]. Open: typically from 9 November 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm; Usually open until mid March. Directions: between Mapua and Nelson; See their Facebook page for directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards . PYO berries, coffee and real fruit ice creams. Click here for our Facebook page. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Raspberries, Boysenberries, Strawberries, Karakaberries. There is a visitor's description of their visit, with photos, here. (UPDATED: November 15, 2018)
  • Blackbird Valley Blueberries - UPDATE: October 18, 2018: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed,
    Upper Moutere, South Island, New Zealand 7175
  • Fuchsiadale Blueberries - blueberries, flowers, U-pick and already picked
    140 Paton Road, Hope, Richmond, Nelson, South Island 7081. Phone: 03 5446507. Email: [email protected]. 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.
  • Tasman Bay Berries - boysenberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (black),
    37 Mcshane Rd Appleby, Richmond, South Island 7081. Phone: 035440534. Email: [email protected]. Open: Season runs from late November until February approx; Please see our website or Facebook page for current hours; 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm. Directions: from Richmond, follow Queen Street (the main street) out of town until it becomes Lower Queen Street Turn left onto McShane Road We are opposite Eyebright. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 30, 2015)

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

  • Cheeki Cherries - cherries
    247 Ripponvale Road, Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand 9384. Open: hours are posted on their website during the cherry season. CHEEKI CHERRIES, is a family owned "pick your own" export grade cherry orchard. We are located at 247 Ripponvale Road, Cromwell in Central Otago. We are proud to offer you our beautiful crunchy and delicious cherries which you can pick until your heart is content! On arrival you'll be met by our friendly and crazy staff. You will then have the opportunity to wander into the orchard where you will be shown how and where to pick our amazing cherries. Come along with your family and friends and enjoy this memorable experience for yourself - you'll walk away smiling:). (UPDATED: February 16, 2019, JBS)
  • Coal Creek Gardens - apricots, cherries, picnic area
    Coal Creek 1rd Roxburgh, Roxburgh, South Island, New Zealand 9500. Phone: (03)4468323. Email: [email protected]. Open: All Week, from 8am to 8pm during fruit season (usually the month of January). 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.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.
  • Jackson Orchards - cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, greengages, apples and pears during our season from November to April.
    73 Luggate-Cromwell Road, Cromwell 9384 NZ. Phone: 03 445 0596. Email: [email protected]. At Jackson Orchards, our guided tours won't disappoint. As owner/operators we are proud to show you around our 35ha operation and explain the ways of a working orchard. The tour takes approximately 45min and you will be driven around in our yellow electric tour bus or if the group is large our tour guide will join the group on their bus to conduct the tour, encouraging the passengers to get off at strategic locations to take in the sights. Our tour guide gives a full report of how the orchard begun, its history, machinery, pollination, pruning, thinning, pest & frost protection, irrigation, markets, picking & packing. You will get the opportunity to pick some fruit from the trees in season, be they cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, greengages apples or pears to eat and take home with you. You can handpick your own fruit ready for harvest late November to April or during the off season May to mid November we complete your tour with a box of produce from the Fruitstall. 2018 Tour Rates:  $39 per Adult, $5 per Child (12 years and younger), Toddlers & Babies under 2 FREE.  (ADDED: July 11, 2018, JBS)
  • 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: [email protected]. Directions: a 10-15 minute drive from Oamaru.
  • Matsinger Berry Farm - Strawberries
    15K Oamaru 9494 NZ. Phone: 03 431 7817. Email: [email protected]. 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: [email protected]. .
  • Monte Christo Gardens Clyde - raspberries
    98 Springvale Road, Clyde, NZ. Phone: 03-449-2268. Email: [email protected]. .
  • Wanaka Berry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, raspberries (red), U-pick and already picked
    83 Orchard Road, Wanaka, South Island 9382. Phone: 03 443 7751. Email: [email protected]. Open: Usually open from January; Call or visit website for hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Other items produced and sold: boysenberries, strawberries, tayberries, cherries, tomatoes, various stone fruit, vegetables, jams, chutneys, ice cream. All depending timing and availability. (ADDED: December 03, 2015)

Southland (Gore, Invercargill, Southland)

Tasman

  • Omahanui Berryfruit Gardens - Sad to say they closed in 2016
    21 Drummond Road, Braeburn, Upper Moutere, South Island, New Zealand 7175.  

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)

Wholesale Foods

Nelson

  • Tasman Bay Berries - Local sales at our farm, Preserves, jams, jellies, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, black), strawberries, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    37 Mcshane Rd Appleby, Richmond, South Island 7081. Phone: 035440534. Email: [email protected]. Open: Season runs from late November until February approx; Please see our website or Facebook page for current hours; 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm. Directions: Tasman Bay Berries is located at 37 McShane Road From Richmond, follow Queen Street (the main street) out of town until it becomes Lower Queen Street Turn left onto McShane Road We are opposite Eyebright. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. Our girls make the best real fruit waffle cone icecreams and frozen yoghurts! Your choice of raspberry, boysenberry, strawberry, black raspberry or mixed berry. We also stock beautiful homemade jam, with no additives or preservatives. Sujon black currant powder is also in store and offers a 100% natural superfood rich in antioxidants, flavnoids and 14 different nutrients. Excellent for boosting energy in smoothies and shakes. Sujon black currant powder capsules also help boost immunity, increase muscle recovery time and sporting performance. (ADDED: October 30, 2015)

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]