Pre Congress Tour

Updated 21 September 2015

THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER

  • Arrive Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Dinner at hotel.

  • Accommodation: Auckland.

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER

  • Horticulture: Visit Pipfruit NZ to find out about work on New Zealand’s latest apple varieties.

  • Progressive Meats: Learn how processing innovation has been key to the success of Progressive Meats' sheep and venison processing plant in Hastings www.progressivemeats.co.nz.

  • Wine: Find out more about New Zealand’s oldest wine growing region and visit one of the oldest vineyards in the region.

  • Accommodation: Napier, New Zealand’s Art Deco capital.

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER

  • Red meat: Visit the Hicksons' mixed 1,200 hectare sheep, deer and beef station, managed by Sam Clark.

  • John Bostock: vegetables, organic apples and Rush Munro ice-cream.
  • Art Deco tour.

  • Accommodation: Napier.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER

  • Pastoral: Landcorp's Rangataiki Station. Sheep, deer, beef, dairy and forestry running on a 9,694 hectare station owned by New Zealand’s largest farmer.

  • Dairy: Wairakei Estate, dairy conversion on the banks of the Waikato River.

  • Accommodation: Taupo.

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER

  • Glenn Emmreth Station (pdf): Environmental award-winners, Mike and Sharon Barton, farm on the shores of Lake Taupo. This 142 hectare specialist beef property, which won the 2014 Ballance Agri-Nutrients Farm Environment Supreme Award, has a goal: ‘to ‘develop a truly profitable business model under a catchment-wide nitrogen cap, while ensuring the long-term protection of Lake Taupo’.

  • Red Stag Timber: General overview of one of the country's largest mill operations, currently undergoing a major expansion. www.redstagtimber.com
  • Sightseeing: Rotorua.

  • Accommodation: Rotorua.

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER

  • Sightseeing Rotorua, includind the world famous AgroDome.

  • Huka Prawn Park: geothermally heated prawn aquaculture.
  • Kiwifruit: Learn more about the crop, during this Zespri-hosted visit to a research centre, research orchard, commercial orchard and packhouse www.zespri.com.

  • Accommodation: Tauranga.

WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER

  • Bees/honey: Visit Comvita one of New Zealand’s leading health and wellness companies www.comvita.co.nz.

The tour will deliver you directly to Congress 2015 in Hamilton for registration and the Delegates Assembly.

More detail will be added to the itinerary as it is confirmed.

Note: We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, if required.