South Island Post-Congress Tour

Updated 24 September 2015

Thank you to all of our hosts!


  • Shuttle from Hamilton to Auckland airport, to catch the flight to Nelson.
  • Overnight: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.


  • Raine’s Oaklands Farm and Oaklands Milk, Nelson: raw milk, hops and soft fruit production. Owner Julian Raine is also president of Horticulture New Zealand.

  • Kono: horticulture, wine and seafood from this Māori-owned premium food and beverage company

  • Wine/beer tasting and BBQ in Blenheim: hosted by Wine Marlborough, Marlborough Research Centre and Plant & Food

  • Overnight: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim.


  • Wine-growing in the Marlborough region: Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim from Wine Marlborough, Plant & Food

  • Yealands Estate: HQ of one of New Zealand’s wine producers growing award-winning wines in harmony with the environment.

  • Bonavaree: The home station of the Resilient Farmers, The Averys. The Averys, Fraser and his father Doug, are entrepreneurial sheep and beef farmers using drought tolerant plant species and excellence stock management/policy decisions to optimise stock and financial performance.

  • Get to know Kaikoura.

  • Overnight: Lobster Inn, Kaikoura.


  • Kaikoura.

  • Dougal Norrie: A pioneer of irrigation and dairy conversions in New Zealand. The extended Norrie family now farms 4,500 cows, mainly under centre-pivot irrigationin the Culverden region.

  • Waipara Springs: wine tasting.

  • Overnight: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch.


  • Christchurch: city tour.

  • Arable: PPG Wrightson Seeds’ Kimihia Seed Research Centre

  • Lincoln University’s dairy trial farm looking at best practice to improve productivity and limit environmental impact. Lincoln will host dinner this evening.

  • Overnight: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch.


  • Arable: British immigrants Bill and Lynda Davey's 482 ha cropping farm in Somerton, Rakaia, grows cereals, various seed crops (kale, red cabbage, borage and white clover), lily bulbs, potatoes and over winters 1,500 dairy cows and runs a small herd of Hereford cattle.

  • High country merino: Paul and Pru Ensor are the fourth generation to own the 1,035 ha Glenann Station, which runs which runs over 9,700 merino sheep and 180 Angus cattle. The farm uses the Farm IQ Farm Management System.

  • Note: We are aiming to return to Christchurch airport by 5.30pm.

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.

Thanks also to Ross McMillan and his team at specialist farm tour operators Farm To Farm.