Most people like to associate New Zeland with sheep when they hear the country name. Farming plays a significant role in the economy of New Zealand, and much of the country is agricultural farmland. Both the North and South Islands feature sprawling farming landscapes, grazing cattle and sheep. If you are a city dweller like us, you should experience at least one back-to-country farm tour. Here we’ll introduce to you 3 of the most famous farms in New Zealand!
A visit to the world-renowned Agrodome Farm is a must when you are in Rotorua. Set amongst 350 acres of lush farmland yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua, the Agrodome Farm has been showing visitors how New Zealand farms operate for over 40 years.
What to expect
At the legendary Agrodome Farm Show, get ready for a fun-filled hour of entertainment and education! You’ll love the famous farm show, featuring a live sheep shearing demonstration, an introduction to 19 different breeds of sheep, a sheep auction and a live dog trial! You’ll also get access to the Agrodome Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest and cutest farm animals. You can pet and have your photo taken with the animals too!
Take part in a farm tour, where you’ll get to see llamas, sheep, cattle, deer, ostriches, pigs and various cute baby animals up close. You can even try feeding a baby lamb or hand-milking a cow. Then take your time to explore the working orchard farm and taste fresh kiwifruit juice and delicious sweet honey.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
If you want to learn more about New Zealand’s native animals, Rainbow Springs Nature Park is the right place for you! Just 10 minutes’ drive Agrodome Farm is Rotorua’s famous Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Get up close with the wonderful birds, bugs and beasts that call New Zealand home. Check out all of the exciting activities included in your Day Pass! The Rainbow Springs Day Pass offers an action-packed, fun-filled, day out for the whole family. With this day pass, you can experience up-close encounters with a range of animals, unlimited rides on The Big Splash water ride, watch the Exotic Bird Show and see the iconic kiwi bird with the Kiwi Encounter. You’ll have the chance to see right into the hatchery and nursery where young chicks are hatched and raised, then released back into the wild.
Just one hour from Christchurch, you’ll find Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa. With over 160 grazing alpacas you’re guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views.
A visit to Shamarra Alpacas gives you exclusive access to a private farm not available to the general public and brings you a once-in-a-lifetime experience in an alpaca wonderland!
What to expect
Get up close and personal with Shamarra’s award-winning and much-loved alpacas on this fun farm visit! Your guide will share the story of these magnificent animals, from the remarkable qualities of their ultra-fine fleece, to their individual, quirky personalities. You’ll have the chance to get up close with them, feel their soft fleece, feed them a snack and even snap a selfie. At the same time, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbour.
Afterwards, enjoy a beverage and some home baked biscuits while you browse the farm shop. Exclusively stocking the dye-free Shamarra brand, this farm’s knitwear has a cosy warmth and a unique cashmere-like softness.
3. Walter Peak High Country Farm (South Island)
Experience New Zealand’s farming life at Queenstown’s Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. The farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours and experience a taste of the High Country farming life.
What to expect
It is a leisurely 45 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Upon arrival, take part in a guided walking tour of the farmyard and all its animals. Then it is time to learn more about the farming life and watch a sheep shearing demonstration. You’ll also be treated to either morning or afternoon tea, freshly baked at the farm.
Cruises depart regularly throughout the day. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour with gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner.
Interested in the new Zealand farm way of life? Want to pet and have your photo taken with cute lambs and other baby farm animals? Why not to join the farm tour to explore the entire farm?
Come experience the life of a New Zealand farmer at the Agrodome Farm which has also won several awards as New Zealand’s Best Visitor Attraction! Or you can choose to visit Akaroa Shamarra Alpaca Farm in Christchurch or head out to Walter Peak High Country Farm from Queenstown. Join in the farming activities and meet the farmers with their sheep. Learn everything about processing wool and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of how carding and spinning is done!
Hope all the handy guides mentioned above are useful to you who are traveling to New Zealand. We strongly recommend you plan in advance so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest!