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Deb Gee | Conference Secretariat


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DAY 1 - MONDAY 30 MARCH, 2020

From Queenstown we’ll travel via Palmerston stopping en-route at an historic pub for lunch before meeting with local arable grower, Peter Mitchell to learn about his arable business and significant birdseed producing operation. Tonight we will stay in the beautiful coastal town of Oamaru and include a visit to watch the Korora or little blue penguin – the world’s smallest - come ashore at sunset. This will be a highlight before having dinner at Cucina Restaurant.

In a volatile world with dynamic and discerning international markets, New Zealand farming is focusing on its capacity to meet the changing global food and fibre production landscape. The emergence of technology brings with it, enormous opportunity to exploit our ingenuity and demonstrate our unique advantages in biodiversity, conservation and innovation. This 3-day, 2-night tour will take you off the beaten track, allowing access to less well-known parts of the South Island from Queenstown to Christchurch providing exceptional insights.

Arable + Innovation Bringing the New

Starts in Queenstown and finishes in Christchurch

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 31 MARCH, 2020

We start the day just south of Timaru at Warren and Andrew Darling’s arable farm – holder of the Guinness World record for barley yield before heading to South Pacific Sera to learn more of William and John Rolleston’s top-quality biotech animal blood, serum and protein production business. A seaside lunch in Timaru is followed by a factory tour of Heartland Potato Chips, owned by the Bowan family before visiting their Fallgate potato farm with tonight’s dinner and another brief tour to be hosted by Mid Canterbury cropping and livestock farmer Ian McKenzie.


This day starts at super-foods producer James Tavendale’s blackcurrant and hemp Mid Canterbury property looking at their innovative farming practices and from there we visit Eric Watson’s intensive arable farm, specialist producer of small seeds and holder of the Guinness World record wheat yield. The afternoon attractions will be a tour of the Hewson’s large scale potato and arable farm before concluding the tour back in Christchurch city.

Gary and Rae Wilson – Arable Farmers

James Bowan – Potato Grower for Heartland Chips

DAY 1 - MONDAY 30 MARCH, 2020

A focus on wool and sheep breeding today involves a visit to an Otago high-country station producing fine wool and after lunch, tours of two large scale sheep breeding and finishing farms – one being run adhering to organic breeding practices. The evening will be a chance to participate in multi-sector interactive sessions where we’ll be joined by industry influencers and local government personnel.

The core theme of this tour is the balanced management of climate, soils and innovation which produce some of the most highly productive livestock in the country. Delegates will be exposed to farming systems of all kinds from large scale organic livestock to high input grass fed meat production and dairy. There will be visits to processing facilities and a research hub in the course of the 3-day, 2-night tour giving insights into the philosophies around technologies, marketing and mitigation practices for a pasture to plate approach. Starts in Queenstown and finishes back in Queenstown.

Animal Pasture, Philosophy of Processes

Starts in Queenstown and finishes in Queenstown

DAY 2 - TUESDAY 31 MARCH, 2020
The morning begins with a session from farmer owned co-op Alliance Group – one of New Zealand’s largest meat exporting companies. After lunch we’ll be heading out onto the Southland Plains to visit a dairy hub researching grass-based dairy practices and before the day concludes, we’ll be stepping back in time to inspect the restoration of Tiger Moths and other vintage aircraft at Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum at Mandeville.

Our evening session in Gore, will involve further cross-sector participation where experts from local government and associated regulatory agencies will share insights around the management of soil and climate and their impact on livestock production.


After a morning looking at a dairy farm where core strategies of regenerative agricultural systems are practiced, we’ll start the afternoon with a visit to Lorne Peak Station to observe their large-scale beef breeding and finishing programs using high protein feed.


Tour will end in Queenstown mid to late afternoon.