Find a local pick your own farm here!

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 If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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

Auckland and Northland 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

Auckland

  • Bells Berries - strawberries, farm animals
    Corner of Mill and Hamlin Road, Takanini, South Auckland, North Island. Phone: 0274436612. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily from September to mid January, Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm; Weekends 10am to 6pm and Public Holidays 10 am to 5:30 pm. They are a sustainable pick your own strawberry farm, in its second year. Named after our 2-year-old daughter Annabel, we pride our berries on being as low input as possible. To achieve this we use symbiotic planting and bio bugs as well as using seaweed and other natural fertilizers. Our packaging is made from sustainably sourced sugar cane and we invite you to bring your own reusable containers when coming to pick!  They also have real fruit ice creams and locally sourced Roma coffee. Plus goat kids and lambs to feed. Bell's Berries Facebook page.
     (ADDED: 18 December 2020, JBS)
  • Clevedon Strawberries - Strawberries
    291 Monument Road, Auckland, New Zealand. Phone: 64 210 256 9037. Email: [email protected]. Open: From early-November to mid-January PYO will be available Monday to Friday by appointment only. Limited spaces available so call ahead to confirm. Please call 02102569037 to make a booking.Clevedon Strawberries is a family owned business that says they grows some of the best strawberries in New Zealand. Pick your own at the farm or head to one of our two stores for freshly picked strawberries, made to order strawberry ice cream, coffee and more! We look forward to seeing you. Clevedon Strawberries Facebook page. (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS)
  • Clevedon Strawberries Alfriston - Strawberries, restrooms, picnic area
    217 Alfriston -Ardmore Road, RD2 Papakura, North Island, New Zealand 2582. Phone: +64 21 0256 9037. Email: [email protected]. Ardmore-Alfriston Road, Auckland, North Island. Open:Clevedon Strawberries Facebook page. 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 Ice cream Formerly called Strawberry Corner.  (UPDATED: January 18, 2021 JBS)
  • Danube Gardens - apples
     143 Fred Taylor Drive , Whenuapai, NZ. Tree ripened Golden Delicious and Fuji. in 2018, PYO APPLES $1.50kg. Brief opportunity, usually just one Saturday in March only, from 9am till 4pm. Call for the date  Yvonne 0272991562
  • Garelja Bros Strawberry Gardens - UPDATE for 2020: They are permanently closed
    83 Old North Rd, Kumeu, NZ.
  • MacNuts Macadamia Farm and Cafe - Macademia nuts
    Macnut Macadamia Farm NZ, 914 South Head Rd, Helensville 0874. Phone: 09-420 2501. Alternate phone: 021 288 1198. Email: [email protected]. Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 8am-4pm. Directions: About 50 minutes from Auckland along SH16. Follow the signs to Helensville, turn left toward Parakai at the roundabout. Go through Parakai and follow the main road for 11km until you see the sign for MacNuts.  About 50 minutes drive from Auckland City.  MacNuts produce a wide range of macadamia products, which can be ordered online, or purchased at discounted prices from the on-site cafe, just minutes from Helensville and 45 minute drive from Auckland.  Guests are free to wander on our graded paths around the tranquil lakes and orchard. You can see the picking, cracking and preparation of the macadamia products during weekdays. In spring time there is a blaze of perfumed white and pink macadamia blossoms and in summer the water lilies flower. Prebooked guided tours are available for groups. Informative, self-guided tour sheets are available on request for people who prefer to just relax with their family, do their own tour and view the beautiful scenery at their own pace. A guided tour for a very low $5 per person (minimum 12 people) includes a railed walk through the orchard to view the producing trees, processing plant and lakes.
  • Massey Gardens and Orchard Ltd - strawberries,
    45 Fred Taylor Dr Massey North, Auckland 0814. Phone: 649-416-8262. Email: [email protected]. 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!!!.   Massey Gardens and Orchard is a third generation Strawberry farm owned and operated by the Marinovic Family since 1974. Massey Gardens is famous for producing "Sweet Red" Strawberries "The Worlds Best Strawberries.  Many families mark Boxing Day onwards down for a wonderful day out picking their own Strawberries at Sweet Red Gourmet. At our farm shop you can purchase our Sweet Red Strawberries and enjoy our famous Real Strawberry Ice-Creams, Smoothies and Milkshakes all made from our own "Sweet Red" Strawberries. We have a relaxing family area complete with vintage tractors for the children (or adults) to enjoy and rest your feet. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
  • Sweet Red Gourmet - strawberries
    61 Bradly Road, Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand. Open: We open our farm on Boxing Day every day 9am to 6pm (including all Public Holidays) and close the fields on Waitangi Day (6th Febuary) . Many families mark Boxing Day onwards down for a wonderful day out picking their own Strawberries at Sweet Red Gourmet.  As the farm is over 40ha in size with 20 dedicated strawberry fields, you and your family can easily spend a fun day exploring the farm and finding the yummiest strawberries to pick.Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
  • 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: [email protected]. Open: From December 26 and throughout January a nd early February, 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 The PYO season starts 26th December 2018 and runs through to Waitangi weekend, early February. Pick your own strawberries then enjoy a delicious ice cream, gelato or coffee at our ice cream truck or shop.Strawberry sales, real fruit ice cream and smoothie shop open from October 10 to Easter. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. In 2020-2021, the entry fee is $8.50 per adult and the first kilo of strawberries is FREE. All subsequent kilos are charged at $8.50 per kilo. There is no entry fee for children under 12 when accompanied by a parent
  • 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: [email protected]. 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.
  • Pick Your Own Strawberries Coatesville - UPDATE for 2020: They are permanently closed
    114 Sunnyside Road, Coatesville, Auckland, NZ. last year was our final ever year of strawberries! Thank you for all of your support over the years.  (ADDED: February 16, 2019, JBS)
  • Runciman Berries and Emus - Uses natural growing practices, boysenberries
    552 Runciman Rd RD 2 Drury, Auckland, North Island 2578. Phone: 092381808. Email: [email protected]. Open: Late Harvest this year - Farm open from January 15th 2013;  Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm,Closed December 12. 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.  Runciman Berries and Emus Bed and Breakfast is a farmstay with a difference! Here friendly emus graze in the paddocks and guests can feed them and admire their chicks which hatch between August to October. A horse, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys and a Labrador dog complete the picture. Visitors who stay when the berry harvest is at its peak in December and January, can pick their own boysenberries or raspberries.
  • Shelly Beach Blueberries - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    Shelly Beach Road RD1, Helensville, North Island 0874. Phone: 094202117. Open: Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm, January 24 to March 6. Directions: We are about 55 minutes drive north of Albany or Massey, Auckland. Please call to make an appointment and get directions. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Please do not come without calling first to arrange a time and to check for availability of fruit for picking. (ADDED: January 20, 2016)
  • Troost Family Strawberry Fields - Strawberries, picnic area
    114 Sunnyside Rd, Coatsville, NZ  0793. Phone: 09-415 9552. Open: December 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.
    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: [email protected]. 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.
  • Young's Tomatoes Farm - tomatoes, restrooms
    75 Pukaki Road, Mangere, Auckland, North Island 2022. Phone: 092757323. Email: [email protected]. Open: Typical season is late February through April, when in season open 7 days from 10am to 2 pm, see Facebook page for current availability and hours; Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Beefsteak tomatoes Pick-Your-Own, typically in season late February/ early March through April ( 09-2757323 for enquiry). Beefsteak tomatoes ripen to full flavour under hot sun, so they are typically ready for picking around late summer, these beautiful tomatoes are big, sweet and full of flavours! Ideal for sandwich toppings, tomato sauce, bottling or simply eating as a fruit. no EFTPOS(ADDED: March 18, 2019)
  • Zaberri NZ Limited - strawberries,
    340 Riverhead Road, Riverhead, Auckland, North Island 0892. Phone: 09 412 8933. Email: [email protected]. Open: We open on the 26th December until early February; Our opening days and hours are 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm (this includes public holidays). Directions: Click here for a map and directions. 26th December - early February;. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. Zaberri is a destination with lots to do & experience, enjoy a delicious & fun day out picking your own strawberries & raspberries, playing with the kids on our inflatable world & enjoying a real fruit ice cream or smoothie.(ADDED: December 23, 2018)
  • Zaknich Farms Strawberry Gardens - strawberries
    125 Waitakere Road, Waitakere, Auckland, North Island. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily from December 2020 until the strawberry season ends in 2021 9am to 4pm (Zaknich Farms is closed on Christmas Day). We have opened one of our farms for Pick Your Own strawberries, daily (except Christmas), No entry fee, $6 per kg until the end of the season. Otherwise, you will find our Zakberry punnets are available at your local New World or PakNSave store. Bring your own containers to pick into and large flat containers (dishpans, trays, etc) to transport the berries home. The farm does have containers to use if you don't. Given the summer heat, it is also a good idea to bring coolers or blue ice to put under the trays to help cool the berries on the way home.
    NOTE SCAM ALERT:  Please be aware of a bogus website that has been set up in their name, which appears to be made up of details from Lewis Farms website and our facebook page:
    https://www.zaknichfarms.com/ <-- That is NOT associated with Zaknich Farms. Zaknich does not have a website, and the email address and phone number on there are not theirs. This is the real Zaknich Farms Facebook page.
     (ADDED: 18 December 2020, JBS)

Northland (Far North, Kaipara, Whangarei)

  • Gala Berry - Strawberries, Blueberries
    256 Omaha Flats Road, Omaha, Warkworth, Whangarei, NZ. Contact: Click here for  their contact form.. Open: From mid-Decembner we are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm (including Public Holidays). Come and pick your own strawberries fresh from the field. Take them home for yourself, friends and family to eat fresh or turn them into a frozen sensation! Make a day of it and bring a picnic! Payment: cash, EFTPOS facilities are also available on site. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. Come and pick your own strawberries fresh from the field. Take them home for yourself, friends and family to eat fresh or turn them into a frozen sensation! Make a day of it and bring a picnic! Remember that we are unable to provide you with a plastic bag so it is BYO "Bring Your Own" container, bucket, bag or punnet! (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS)
  • Valley Orchard - plums and nectarines
    1079 State Highway 25, Whangamata, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 078658879.

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