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Farmstays in New Zealand

Yes, the rumours are true! There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand. That's ten to every human!

There are also lots of cows and fruit farms so it's a great place to try your hand at farm work. There are a number of organisations that help you find work on a farm in return for food and accommodation. The majority of farms expect you to work for about four hours a day.

Willing Workers on Organic Farms ( WWOOF ) and Farm Helpers in New Zealand ( FHINZ ) both sell booklets which contain listings of farms looking for workers. Once you have a booklet, you can start phoning and emailing to set up some stays. It's a great way to see New Zealand while keeping to a minimal budget and lets you experience what it's like to be part of a Kiwi family.

Both organisations have useful websites where you can chat to other people who are on farmstays, find the best places and see sample listings.

I did a farmstay back in 1999 and got up to some great activities including; sheep herding, chicken coup building, fence construction, catching sheep (!) and many more things. It was great to taste real home cooked food and experience living with a Kiwi family. My hosts were really great and we kept in contact after my stay.

Chris (Staff Member)




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