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Taratahi Food and Fibre: Taster Camp

Taratahi Food and Fibre: Taster Camp

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Discover the range of opportunities possible in agriculture and farming at Taratahi. These free two week adventures are your chance to join NZ’s largest export earner and most essential industry.

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Quick info

Locations: Wairarapa (Taratahi Site)

Duration: 2-6 weeks

All year

Domestic Fees: *
Free (accommodation and meals included, self-catered on weekends)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The future of our primary industries won't look the same, and our Government has pointed out the need for diverse, innovative new people and skills. This is your chance to get started on a rewarding and flexible new path, and help shape our country's future success.

Taratahi Taster courses are completely free, including accommodation and meals during the training Monday-Friday. On the weekends you can return home or stay on site, though you will need to self-cater. The course is held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, just outside of Masterton in the Wairarapa, where hard-working Kiwis have developed their farming skills for over 100 years.

Taster Camps

A range of flexible options, or taster camps, are available to introduce you to the primary sector. The training is done at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, you’ll be sliding on your gumboots and seeing what’s involved first hand. You’ll visit local farms, work with industry professionals and learn what kind of career lights your fire and suits your strengths.  A range of subject options are offered throughout the year depending on the season and the needs of the industry.  

Dairy Course
Shearing Short Course
Farm Chainsaw Course
Advanced Shearing Course
Farm Vehicle Familiarisation
Wool Handling Training Course
Wheels Tracks and Rollers (WTR) Endorsement Course

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How to register
Apply now through the "Apply Now" button on the right, or you can chat to us by phoning 0800 GO UCOL (0800 468 265).

 Career & Study Outcomes

Taster Camps
Taught by experienced industry representatives, you will get a good ground knowledge in topics:

  • Operating farm vehicles
  • Fencing
  • Pasture management
  • Cattle and sheep farming
  • Key technology tools
  • Health and safety in a farm environment
  • Dairy
  • Apiculture (beekeeping)
  • Wool harvesting

 Domestic Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification is required, however participants must be physically fit and be 18 years old or over.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Additional Costs

Meals on the weekend are self-catered at your own cost, meals during weekdays are free. Accommodation at Taratahi, including on the weekends, is free. Alternatively, participants are welcome to go home for the weekend and return by 8am Monday.