New Zealand National Fieldays Society

About us

The NZ National Fieldays Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and New Zealand's economy since its inception in 1968. The Society and Fieldays owe its origins to Waikato farmer and Nuffield Australia Farming scholar John Kneebone. Travelling to Britain in 1966, he wrote to the Waikato Times farming editor Pat Cuming suggesting an annual outing for farmers, and the rest as they say is history!

A proud heritage and legacy has been built by many who have supported and volunteered with the organisation since it began. An elected board governs the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, driving the future direction of the organisation, its charitable activity and its events.

The Society owns Fieldays and Mystery Creek Events Centre, a 114-hectare Waikato property that serves as the home of Fieldays, the Society's head office, and one of the nation's most versatile event venues.


For over 55 years, Fieldays has been the cornerstone event of the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, attracting over 100,000 visitors and around 1000 exhibitors for four days each June. Fieldays presents NZ's agricultural and primary sector and honours the Society's three pillars – innovation, education, and globalisation.

Mystery Creek Events Centre

Purchased by the Society in 1971 to run Fieldays, the land at Mystery Creek Events Centre continues to be developed to suit its evolving purpose. The property has become a versatile site that can be transformed into a thriving event city, with permanent infrastructure, architecturally designed buildings and an ever-evolving roading system.

Everything from corporate meetings to festivals and camps are held here throughout the year.

Annual Report 2023

This annual report covers the performance of the Society for the year to 30 September 2023.

Fieldays 2022 Sustainable Event Reports

This sustainability report measures the carbon footprint of Fieldays for the period 30 November to 3 December 2022.

Volunteer with us

Do you love keeping busy? Do you have a desire to support your local community? If you are considering volunteering for the NZ National Fieldays Society, there’s no better time to sign up.  If you enjoy events and love people, you could be part of the behind-the-scenes action at Fieldays, or if conservation and the environment sound more like you, consider joining our sustainability efforts at Predator Free Mystery Creek. As a volunteer, you will be valued, respected and supported in a fullfilling team environment.

You will meet lots of great people, make lifelong friends, develop new skills and get involved in rewarding initiatives. Most of all, you get a real buzz from knowing you helped make a positive contribution by supporting the Society’s mission to give back to the community.

The Society uses Rosterfy, an online system, to manage volunteer registrations, shifts, communications and more.

If you have any questions, please call our People & Culture Executive on 07 843 4497

Work with us

Be a part of the team that organises New Zealand’s largest event, Fieldays, and get involved in many other exciting conferences, festivals and exhibitions taking place at our Mystery Creek Events Centre venue.

*We currently have two vacancies:

Fieldays Partners and Premier Sponsor