Sheep is not the only agricultural passion on farms in New Zealand. There are a diverse number of animals being farmed, such as deer, cattle and goats and New Zealand is also renown for its dairy products. Wineries were established about 20 years ago and many can be found throughout the country, but more particularly in the southern part of the North Island where the temperature is perfect for grape growing and viticulture. It is also a country where many women enjoy the old craft of spinning and making hand-knitted jerseys from their homemade spun wool.
In all rural areas of New Zealand you can find farm gate sales, farm shops and farmers markets to allow you to buy directly from the farms. Look at our produce page for more details.
There are many choices for far holidays with Bed and Breakfast, Farm Stays, Home Stays and Self-contained Cottages all offering NZ accommodation of a high standard. Because of the distances one may have to travel to the nearest cafe or restaurant in some areas, most farm hosts will provide an evening meal as a package deal. Please confirm the meals with your host before you leave.
No matter where you stay you will be greeted by warm, friendly New Zealanders in their own homes experiencing "Kiwi" hospitality at its best. These are people who are genuinely interested in sharing their country and their knowledge with their guests.
If you have New Zealand farms that you would like to showcase visit our Farm Forum. You can upload a picture and brag a little. We don't mind! Share a farming story, tell us about your best or worst farm holiday and lots more. There are other individual farming discussion boards to contribute to through this forum, as well as a Craft & Recipes Forum where you can share your favorite recipes and also get some crafting ideas for various arts & crafts.
For those of you who are wishing for a free farm stay, this is possible on many New Zealand farms if you are willing to give your help freely. More information about this can be found here in the job link. Farming Jobs.
If you would like to advertise your farm in New Zealand for free because you need some help on the farm to pick those crops, shear those sheep, or whatever, see our section on farming jobs worldwide. Or, if you want to advertise your farm produce, farm accommodation or a farm service, look at our section Advertise your Farm.
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