WWOOF New Zealand is part of a world wide community that promotes awareness of ecological farming practices by providing volunteers with the opportunity to live and learn on organic properties. WWOOF is an enjoyable, educational and safe way to explore and get to know the people in the country.

Volunteering – The Organic Way

WWOOF New Zealand provides experiences in organic living from large farms to family gardens, organic orchards and vineyards, urban organics etc. WWOOF also provides an intercultural exchange that promotes understanding and tolerance.

How it works in New Zealand

WWOOF Volunteers

Live with families and get hands-on experience with organic practices including cooking and preserving, wine, cheese and bread making, companion planting, worm farming, composting and a whole lot more. Volunteers often say they like "giving something back to the country I am volunteering in".


Hosts like the "world coming to me" by opening up their homes and sharing their lifestyle with others. WWOOF New Zealand now includes properties that are not completely organic, but still operate under the desire to be sustainable. All hosts have valuable experiences and a lot of knowledge to share. In order to make it easier for volunteers to search for a host that best matches the skills they can offer, we have split the hosts into two categories: WWOOF hosts and Cultural Exchange(CE) hosts.

WWOOF hosts

WWOOF hosts are organic farmers. They enjoy passing on their knowledge of sustainable and organic practices. Volunteering with a WWOOF host is about helping on an organic farm and learning and experiencing organic and biodynamic farming and gardening.

Cultural Exchange hosts

Cultural Exchange hosts offer social, humanitarian and conservation experiences that fall outside organic farming practices. They may include activities such as help in conservation, building projects, crafts, animal care or sustainable tourism.

Ode to WWOOFING by Jo

WWOOF Volunteering in New Zealand by Thomas & Katja.