Find a local pick your own farm here!

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 If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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

Bay of Plenty 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

Bay of Plenty (Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane)

  • Berry Best - strawberries
    1192 Parton Road, Papamoa, Tauranga, New Zealand 3118. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call - hours are unknown. 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.
  • Iona Boysenberry Orchard - Boysenberries
    Intersection of Bell Road and State highway 2, Pamaoa, New Zealand. Phone: +64 7-542 1405. Open: from mid-December, daily from 9am to 5.30pm; Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Short Season - Get in early for the best berries! Our Boysenberries are sweet, juicy and perfect picking  come for a visit, you won't be disappointed. You'll find us on the corner of Bell Rd & Te Puke Highway, beside the railway line (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS)  (ADDED: 18 December 2012)
  • Julians Berry Farm and Cafe - blackberries, boysenberries, currants (red and black), loganberries, olallieberries, other berries, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries,
    12 Huna Road, Whakatane, new zealand 3191. Phone: +64 7 3084253. Fax: +64 7 3084253. Email: [email protected]. Directions: 3kms on the left just before you get to Whakatane from Tauranga or Rotorua Open: Labour weekend end of October to Waitangi weekend early February 7 days a week 8am -6pm except Xmas day. Typical crop availability dates:
    Strawberries - late October to late January;
    Raspberries -  mid-November to late January;
    Blackberries - mid-November to January;
    Boysenberries - December to early January;
    Ranui berries - Late November to mid- December;
    Loganberries - mid-November to mid- December;
    Tayberries mid-November to mid- December
    Payment: Julians Berry Farm and Cafe is a a one stop shop for all your berry needs as well as freshly picked berries, frozen berries, and pick your own berries, we stock products made from our berries including jams, sauces, soaps, moisturisers, and many more. We have a beautiful outdoor sheltered cafe overlooking our farm and serve delicious home cooked meals and berry baking. Our most famous product apart from our lovely berries are the berry ice creams made from our own berries.  (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS)
  • Out of the blue berry Farm - blueberries
    221 Hamurana Road, Rotorua, New Zealand 3072. Phone: 64 274 242 397.  Email: [email protected]. Open: see their Facebook page, thge blueberry season starts in mid-December. Pick your own fresh delicious Blueberries in A warm relaxed environment. Fun Day out for the family. Will also have pre-picked & delivery options.  They also have pre-picked & delivery options (UPDATED: 18 November 2020 JBS) . (ADDED: May 12, 2018, JBS)
  • R n' Bees - boysenberries, raspberries (red), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    132 Thornton Road, Whakatane, North Island 3192. Phone: 64 21 184 8222. 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.
  • Ruakura Berry - strawberries, blueberriies, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries
    11 Davison Road Newstead Hamilton, Hamilton, New Zealand 3286. Phone: 078383105. Email: [email protected]. Open: PYIO starts in October; ice cream shop iMonday - Friday: 9am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6m. Directions: Corner of Davison Road and Ruakura Road.  We use gluten-free Vanilla Tip Top Ice cream and mix with a variety of berries to choose from.  Dairy-free Ice Cream is also available but a surcharge of $2 occurs. Ruakura Berry Shop is your one-stop shop for all fresh-picked Berries and Real Fruit Ice Creams. Located in the heart of Ruakura we are only a 5-minute drive from the University of Waikato.
  • Redwood Lane Blueberries - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    17 Redwood Lane Tauriko, Tauranga, North Island 3171. Phone: 07 5433511. Fax: 075433517. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily, from 16th January until April, the hours are 9 am to 5 pm. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries. $10 per kilo to PYO - Fresh Blueberries available. Directions:  We are 10 minutes from Tauranga in Tauriko, off State Highway 29. It is just past Tauriko which is on the State Highway going to Hamilton. You can get to the highway from Greerton-Pyes Pa, Bethlehem or via the toll road. Redwood Lane is the First Road on the right past The small Tauriko township about 1 kilometre. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Our blueberries are organically grown with no sprays or chemicals. We also sell real fruit ice creams, and have a mini market on Saturdays selling local arts craft and produce. Eftpos and cash is available. Bring your own container or use one of our buckets to pick. There is no entrance fee but you can taste a few blueberries when you are picking. (UPDATED: February 06, 2021)
  • Somerfields Berryfruit Farm - Strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries
    1002 Oropi Road, Tauranga, New Zealand 3173. Phone: 4 7-543 1513. Email: [email protected]. Open: October to March, daily 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards . Somerfields Berryfruit is a local family owned and operated business providing the highest quality fresh and frozen berryfruit. Somerfields Berryfruit is proud to be family owned and operated, many of the grandchildren enjoy working on the farm over summer holidays. (UPDATED: February, 17, 2019, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on December 17, 2012: "They had blueberries, black berries, raspberries and strawberries. Could pick strawberries and raspberries, strawberries were $8 per kg and raspberries were $9 per kg, "
  • Te Kopia Farm Blueberries - blueberries, picnic area (bring your own food)
    1427 Te Kopia Road RD1, Rotorua, North Island 3077. Phone: 073331932. Open: Our season typically runs from Mid December to Mid January; Please check our Facebook page for opening hours over this time; Closed Christmas Day. Directions: Payment: Cash, EftPos. Open Mid December to Mid January each year for pick your own blueberries. Great day out with the kids, bring a picnic or stop at the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools on your way home. Bring your own containers. Cash or EFTPOS accepted (no credit cards). Check Facebook for this weeks opening times or call us. (ADDED: October 27, 2021)
  • Te Puea Orchard - peas, potatoes, beans, apples
    69 Te Puea Road, RD4, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. Phone: 07 345 5111. Email: [email protected].. Open: Mid December to May. Typical crop availability: Peas (pyo):mid December, New Potatoes (pyo): mid December, Beans (pyo): Beans: from January, Tomatoes (not pyo): February - April/May, Heirloom Fruit & Vegetables available, Apples (pyo): February - May, plus seasonal vegetables and greens. Gate Sales & Pick your Own. Payment: Cash, EFTPOS. (ADDED: February 13, 2013, by JBS)Whatawhata Berry Farm fruit calendar
  • Whatawhata Berry Farm - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries
    1099 Whatawhata Road, Whatawhata, New Zealand 3285. Phone: 64 7-829 3427. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their Facebook page. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. Whatawhata Berry Farm is a multi berry fruit Pick your Own and Real Fruit Ice-cream experience which offers an inactive complete emersion experience including 10 Kiwi Bird Treasure Hunt Lucky Dip, Iconic Kiwanian Art and Olde NZ Farming implements displayed, social media completions and promotions and moderate animal viewing farm plus complementary giant chess and checkers sets. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries......whatever your favourite berry is, we've got them! Check out our harvest calendar to see when your favourite is ready and when you can PYO 
     (UPDATED: 22 October 2020 JBS)


No PYO's found here (yet)

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

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


Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)
June Apples, Mandarins, Oranges, Raspberries (Fall crop)






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