As I watched the kids pick our own meagre crop of raspberries and strawberries, searching under leaves for any sign of rosy red fruit, it reminded me how important it is for children to have this experience, especially with so many of us in urban situations where little or no edibles are grown.
While pick-your-own (PYO) fruit seems to be a thing of the the past there are orchards and berry farms around New Zealand opening their gates particularly as the season moves on.
These places are wonderful as a summer family outing, educational for kids to learn exactly where their food comes from and sometimes you can even take a picnic to enjoy under the trees.
Our list is by no means complete and it would be great to hear from you of any PYO places you know about. While it may be too late for this season there is always next year….
Please do remember to check opening hours and availability before leaving home!
Addresses highlighted in blue are linked to Google Maps for exact directions.
Cheeki Cherries PYO cherries
247 Ripponvale Rd
Coal Creek Gardens – Pick your own apricots, cherries, picnic area Coal Creek RD1 Roxburgh,
ph 03 4468323
Open daily 8am to 8pm during fruit season.
5 minutes North of Roxburgh on SH8.
Hobbs Family Partnership Orchard and Fruit Stall – PYO apricots, peaches and nectarines
Kawarau Gardens – PYO cherries
State Highway 6, Ripponvale (near Kawarau Gorge)
ph 03 445 0733
Mrs Jones Fruit Orchard – cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, pears
Cromwell to Queenstown highway
Monte Christo Gardens Clyde – Pick your own raspberries ($15.00 per KG)
98 Springvale Rd Clyde
Darlings Orchard and Pure Fruit Juices Roadside stall – A wide range of fresh fruit,juices and vegetables including pick your own cherries and pre-picked apricots, plums, nectarines, peaches, apples and pears
5090 State Highway 8 Ettrick,
ph: 03 446 6763.
Blueberry Bliss – PYO blueberries
475 Robinsons Road, Broadfield, Christchurch.
Check website fpr availability and opening days.
Broadfield Berryfruit – PYO blueberries
475 Robinsons Road, Broadfield, Christchurch,
ph 03 325 2232
Gracebrook Cherries – 156 Ashworths Road, RD1, Amberley.
Also next to the Brew Moon down a long driveway.
Pataka Berries, PYO rasperries and tomatoes.
768 Marshlands Road, Christchurch.
Smithfield berries – PYO blackberries, boysenberries, black and red raspberries
90 Smithfield Road 2RD, Ashburton.
Open daily from 8am to 6pm
Southberry – Pick your own Raspberries, Boysenberries, Blackberries, Tayberries, Ranui Berreis, Gooseberries, Black & Red Currants
56 Tinwald Westerfield Mayfeild Road, RD 1, Ashburton
ph 03 308 1338
West Melton Cherry Farm – PYO cherries.
131 Melton Grange Rd RD1, West Melton
ph: 03 374 2235
Willowbank Raspberries – Husseys Road. Usually start PYO on 27 Dec and go for around a month
Berrylands – PYO raspberries 108 Appleby Highway Appleby 7001
ph 03 544 2099
Jones Berry fruit – PYO boysenberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries
183 Old Renwick Rd, Springlands, Blenheim
ph 03 579 5340
Facebook – Jones Berry Fruit
Stoneyfield Cherries – PYO cherries
122 Jacksons Rd
Tasman Bay Berries PYO boysenberries, raspberries
37 McShane Rd
Waimea West Strawberries
644 Waimea West Rd
Windsong Orchard – PYO organic blueberries
29 Inkerman St
Facebook – Windsong Orchard
Lowes Orchard Raspberries, Strawberries and Peaches
233 Waimea West Rd
ph 03 5423746
WELLINGTON WAIRARAPA and KAPITI COAST
Berry Healthy – PYO blueberries
247b Paekakariki rd,
The Blueberry Farm – PYO organic blueberries
1229 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt,
ph 04 526 6788
Wee Red Barn – PYO strawberries at times.
505 State Highway 2 (5 mins north of Masterton) RD11 Opaki Masterton
Penray Gardens – PYO strawberries, plums, apples, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot chillies and limes,
Main South Rd Otaki ph 06-364 5302
Get to date availability and opening hours on their facebook page – Penray Gardens
Ration Creek Orchard – pick your own apples eg red delicious, gala, royal gala, granny smith and braeburn
119 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, RD1 Porirua, Wellington
Delta Gardens PYO raspberries, potatoes, peas, broad beans, carrots
151 Walker Rd
Wharekai Boysenberries PYO boysenberries
1517 Kauangaroa Rd
Ruby Glen Orchard – PYO Raspberries (summer and autumn), Blackberries (summer and autumn). Also Tayberries and Boysenberries.
92 Powdrell Road
BAY OF PLENTY
Redwood Lane Blueberries PYO blueberries
17 Redwood Lane
8am till 7pm
Everyday 20th January until 20th April.
Ph 07 5433511
Somerfield Berryfruit PYO strawberries.
1002 Oropi Road, Tauranga
ph 07 543 1513
Julians berry Farm and Cafe – PYO blackberries, boysenberries raspberries, strawberries.
Iona Boysenberries –
Corner Bell Road & State Highway 2
Papamoa, Rotorua, 3187
Valley Orchard – PYO plums and nectarines
1079 State Highway 25 Whangamata
Ohaupo Orchard – blueberries
397 Jary Rd
Blueberry Country, Ngatea – PYO blueberries
Central Road South, Ngatea
pick your own information on website – www.blueberry.co.nz
Ye Olde Berry Farm – pick your own berries
205 Morrinsville Road, R.D.6, Hamilton. On the left just 2km down from the hillcrest roundabout.
For availability and opening hours go to www.oldeberryfarm.co.nz
AUCKLAND NORTHLAND AREA
Garelja Bros Strawberry Gardens PYO strawberries
83 Old North Rd
ph 09 4168586
Best Berries – PYO strawberries
Coatesville and Whenuapai farms,
114 Sunnyside Rd, Coatesville
Massey Gardens and Orchard – PYO strawberries daily from 9am – 5.30pm
45 State Highway 16, Massey
ph 09 416 8262
Phill Greig Stawberry Gardens – PYO strawberries
464 State Highway 16, Kumeu.
ph 09 412 7329
Troost Family Strawberry Fields – PYO strawberries,
114 Sunnyside Rd, Coatesville,
ph 09-415 9552