Visitor FAQs
What activities will there be on the farm?

Heaps! The activities on show will depend on the type of farm you’ve chosen to visit. Farms will list their activities on their event profile. Expect farm walks, animal demonstrations, crop tours, nature walks, composting demonstrations, farming games, picnic areas and much more on the day!

What should I bring?
  • Sturdy, closed toe shoes or gumboots (no jandals or sandals)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Rain jacket (just in case…)
  • Filled drink bottle
  • Camera
  • Picnic lunch (optional)
  • Cash for farm produce or activity koha (donation)
When is Open Farms?

The majority of events will take place on Sunday March 1st 2020. Any events outside that date will be clearly identified in the farm profile.

What happens after I register?

You’ll receive a confirmation email right away. We’ll also send you a reminder email with your farm’s address and other information a few days out from the event?

Can I cancel my registration?

 Sure thing, we appreciate that too as it frees up a space for someone else! Just email us with your booking number and let us know – info@openfarms.co.nz.

Do I need to register for everyone in my group?

Yes. On the farm profile page, just select the number of tickets you need for your whole group.

Do I need to bring my ticket?

Just keep a copy on your phone, but your name will be enough.

How do I find the farm?

We’ll send you the farm address a few days before the event. There will be signage on the road too, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Some farmers will also include their phone number if you need directions and you can also email info@openfarms.co.nz with any questions.

What if it rains on 1 March? Could Open Farms be postponed?

We’ve ordered good weather for the day, so there’s nothing to worry about…

Should that not work out, Open Farms will go ahead in poor weather, but we’ll consider postponing the event in really bad conditions. Either way, we’ll let you know via email.

Will there be toilets and/or baby change facilities?

You’ll be visiting real Kiwi working farms which may not always be set-up for visitors. Some farms will have full toilet facilities, others may be a little more… rustic. We recommend you use toilet facilities before you arrive at the farm to be safe.

Will there be parking available?

Yes, all farms will have parking available. Some do have special parking instructions, which we’ll share via email a few days out from the event.

Can I bring my dog?

Most farms don’t allow dogs for biosecurity reasons, but a few might. Check the farm description for more information.

Are Open Farms events pram and buggy accessible?

These will be fine for most events. But have a close read of the event descriptions and reconsider any events that involve long farm walks and tours.

Are Open Farms events wheelchair accessible?

You’ll be visiting real Kiwi working farms which may not always have good wheelchair access. If you require wheelchair access, let us know your location at info@openfarms.co.nz and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Will there be food?

Some events will have food or produce for sale, so we suggest you take some cash with you. Otherwise, most farms will have a picnic area set-up for you to enjoy.

Is there a fee to visit a farm?  

Hosting and attending an Open Farms event is completely free. That said, we recommend you take some cash for any produce, food sales or charity fundraising activities. A shout-out to our sponsors for making the event free – Beef & Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge and Farmside Powered by Vodafone.

How do I get there? Are there busses?

Sorry, you’ll need to arrange your own transport to the event.

How many visitors to a farm?

This will vary between farms. Some farmers have decided to keep their event small – around 25 or 50 people. Others will host a few hundred people.

Is it safe to visit a farm?

Every farmer has agreed to complete a health and safety risk assessment and take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety. Keep in mind that you will be visiting a working farm, so obey all safety instructions, supervise children closely and be aware around animals.

Will I need to take biosecurity precautions?

Yes. You’ll be asked to clean your shoes on entry and to wash your wands after any contact with animals.

Is this just a greenwashing exercise to make us love farmers?

No. We did this because we believe all Kiwis should experience how their food is grown.  We get it, there’s more tension around food, animal welfare and environmental issues than there used to be. But it’s not about farmers vs townies, it’s about all of us facing our challenges together. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hold each other to account or question the way we do things, but we need shared spaces like Open Farms, built on the things that connect us to each other. In our case – food, our families and the land.

What if I don’t agree with or want to see farmed animals?

Open Farms features farms of all sizes and types. We have horticulture, permaculture, urban market gardens and more participating. If animal agriculture isn’t your thing, no worries. We’ll help you find your farm.

Doesn’t Fonterra do something similar to Open Farms?

Fonterra runs a great initiative called Open Gates every November, opening several dairy farms and processing plants across the country. We’re right behind the concept and believe that the more people experience the origins of their food up close, the better!

I have another question, how do I get in touch with you?

You can email us at info@openfarms.co.nz.