The Farmstay program is open to working holiday visa holders who want to work on a farm in New Zealand while living with a kiwi farming family. If you want to develop new skills, learn about the Kiwi farming culture and have a unique experience in the great outdoors then this is the program for you.
We have hundreds of farm partners around the country doing all kinds of farming with the most common farms being farms with horses (equestrian, racing, polo) or with livestock, primarily cows (milking, calving),
Most roles include general assistance around the farm and with the animals or helping around the farm house and looking after the children. Usually it is a bit of a combination of everything as is the farming way of life.
You will work enough hours on the farm to cover the cost of your accommodation and meals which is usually around 25 hours per week. If you work on the farm for more than this you will receive at least minimum wage. You are also expected to help out with general chores around the house as you would in any home for around 10 hours per week, e.g. Cooking dinner, tidying your bedroom, doing the shopping etc.
The busy season on most farms is during Spring (September – December) and Summer (January – March) although some farms need help year round. If you are wanting to work as a groom the Equestrian season runs from September – March.
If you do not have any farm or childcare experience, cannot stay for at least 12 weeks, or do not have a working holiday visa then you may apply for our farm volunteer program. On this program you get to experience farm life and pay for own meals and accommodation on the farm.
If you are keen to travel to New Zealand and experience living and working with a Kiwi farming family, start your application today and we’ll look forward to finding you a once in a lifetime farm experience.
Below are more details about the 3 main farm types; horse farms, livestock/dairy farms and childcare /Au-Pair.