FHiNZ stands for Farm Helpers in New Zealand, we sell a booklet listing about 350 farms throughout New Zealand. These farmers are willing to offer free accommodation and food to visitors in exchange for 4-6 hours work each day. Please see About FHiNZ for more information.
Please see our 'Become a Member' page.
Please see our 'Become a Host' page.
A FHiNZ booklet costs NZ$25, click here for a currency converter.
You can purchase a booklet online, by contacting the co-ordinators or from a stockist in New Zealand. If contacting us by phone, fax or post we will need to know your address and when you intend to visit New Zealand.
You may send cash (most major currencies) or a cheque (write cheques in your own currency) or you may pay by Visa or Mastercard. If you are paying by credit card we recommend applying online and using our secure credit card payment service.
A family, couple or two people travelling together may use the one book. If they separate during their travel the booklet can only go with one person. If both want to keep using the scheme then another book should be purchased.
Use the information in the booklet to contact farms where you would like to visit. You can do this before you leave or make arrangements as you travel around the country. If you make advance bookings, please be polite and notify farms of any changes to your plans.
We recommend about 2 months before travel. This gives plenty of time for the booklet to be posted to you and time to plan where you might visit while ensuring you receive an up to date booklet.
You must ring or write at least 24 hours in advance of wishing to stay.
No - the scheme does not guarantee work so the scheme can not be used to obtain a work permit or permanent residence status.
You must have a current membership booklet with the original colour cover when you arrive. People without this booklet will not be hosted and will be turned away. Your passport will be checked for positive ID.
You will be helping the farm on average 4 to 6 hours per day. Each farm sets its own rules and time limits to fit their needs. If you think a farm was unfair, please tell us about it so we can check it out.
You will given jobs that you can do yourself, or you will help the farmer with their jobs depending on the weather and season. Some jobs will be dirty, others boring but that is all part of farm life. You must be prepared to help with meal preparation, dishes and other household chores as you are making extra work for the family. Always ask what you can do to help.
For many farms you do not need farming experience but bring old clothes and shoes. The work depends on the type of farm you stay on, the season and your abilities. Some of the work may be off the farm eg gardening, household help or minding children.
There are many different types of farms: sheep, beef, dairy, pigs, goats, deer and horses. Some are large farms and some are small hobby farms.
Throughout New Zealand, in both the North and South Islands, please see our Farm Locations page for a map.
Most farms will arrange to collect you from the nearest town.
Warwick and Heather Grady
41 South St
Palmerston North 4410
A/H phone/fax + 64 6 354 1104
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