Come and join us and our friendly staff at the Rubicon Valley Farm Show for a fun packed hour that is not only educational  but great entertainment for all.

It’s special. You’re in the middle of a working farm, surrounded by rolling hills and high mountains, with native forest and birds in every direction. A truly New Zealand must see activity giving students and visitors a real opportunity to touch, learn and interact with New Zealand’s iconic sheep and sheep dogs.

We specialise in group bookings.  Just email or give us a call if you would like to join us.

Bookings are essential

Farm dogs and sheep

Watch the mighty dog show as our working sheep dogs muster in the sheep for you. Learn how the dogs work on command as they demonstrate their incredible skills right in front of you. Make sure you have your camera ready. Included is a full commentary throughout the demonstration providing an informative and educational experience.

For school groups we also give the students the opportunity to interact and participate in a challenge to bring in the sheep giving them a hands on experience of how important the sheep dog is to the farmer.

Sheep shearing demonstration

A farm show wouldn’t be complete without a sheep shearing demonstration.

Shearing a sheep takes many years to learn and it is an incredible experience to watch the shearer work his magic as he uses the blades to remove the wool from the sheep right before your eyes. At Rubicon we demonstrate both the electric shears and the hand blades that are used today within New Zealand Farming.

We give you the opportunity to not only see one of our 3000 sheep being shorn but also give you the opportunity to have a go at shearing yourself if you want to using the hand blades – a truly unique experience that most people don’t have the opportunity to try.

After the demonstration there is time allowed for further discussion with an informative commentary delving into the world of sheep farming and some educational information on sheep followed by the opportunity to ask further questions about New Zealand Sheep farming.


At Rubicon we also have a small herd of Alpacas that we bring in for you to meet. We love to give you the opportunity to learn about these inquisitive animals and give you the opportunity to touch them with an extra photo opportunity that you won’t want to miss

Touch the friendly animals

Have you ever wanted to touch a sheep. At Rubicon we have three friendly sheep named Stripes, Willy and Rubicon who just love to be hand fed and enjoy interacting with you giving you great photo opportunities. Great opportunity to get that extra special photo to share on social media !

Join us for complimentary morning or afternoon tea

On a working farm when it is shearing time morning or afternoon tea is an important part of the day as the shearers take a break and indulge in a cuppa and scone. We invite you after this great farm entertainment to join us for a traditional homemade morning or afternoon tea partaking is a hot drink and delectable snacks fresh from the oven.

Additional Option – BBQ Lunch

At Rubicon Valley Farm Show we have a full catering service available with the option for group bookings to book in for our BBQ Buffet lunch. The BBQ buffet gives you the opportunity to partake and try some delectable New Zealand lamb and traditional beef sausages with a selection of fresh seasonal salads, fresh bread and delicious sweets

At Rubicon we pride ourselves in providing the best food sourced locally and freshly made on site.

Group bookings are our specialty and we always endeavour to work within timeframes for each individual group. Lunch is served within a unique setting in our tourist centre with seating available for up to 100 people. Contact us for more information.

Bookings are essential