Incomes are down hundreds of thousands of dollars, impacting the wider communities.
Some streams were deep enough to swim in just one week ago.
The findings included some surprising results.
Applications are open for farmers in the Thames Valley area.
This has been the region's worst drought in 25 years.
So far this year more than $19 million has gone to help regions struggling with drought.
Farmers on the Hauraki Plains are banding together and holding socially-distanced shed meetings, as they fight the worst drought seen in the area in decades.
Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor said $500,000 would be shared between the two regions.
"We've only received 35 percent of the rainfall we would usually receive."