Description of the Activity

Arable Farming

The arable sector produces grains (mainly wheat, barley, oats and maize), predominantly for domestic consumption. 4097  New Zealand produces approximately 1 million tonnes of grain. About 300-450,000 tonnes of grain and 1 million tonnes of palm kernel expeller are imported. 4098

Nelson Rural (Credit: Raewyn Peart)

Vegetables & Fruits

The main fruits grown in New Zealand are kiwifruit, apples and avocados. The majority of these are exported. Other fruit crops (including berryfruit, citrus and summerfruit) are grown mainly for the domestic market or processing. 4099  Vegetable production occurs throughout New Zealand, but it is concentrated in Pukekohe, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wanganui and Canterbury. 4100

Wine & Grapes

There are just over 700 wineries in New Zealand from Northland to Otago. Marlborough is the dominant winegrowing region and is well known for wines made from the grape varietal Sauvignon Blanc. Other important wine growing regions are Auckland, Gisborne, Wairarapa, Nelson, Canterbury/Waipara, and Central Otago. Currently about one third of New Zealand wine production is supplied to the domestic market. 4101

Bees & Honey

Bees are critical to New Zealand’s agricultural sector as they pollinate around one third of our food sources. 4102  New Zealand produces many different types of honey (clover, manuka, thyme and other varietals) as well as other bee products. 4103  Around half of the honey produced in New Zealand is exported. 4104

Organic Agriculture

An increasing number of farmers and growers across different sectors have undergone organic certification.  New Zealand has four main organic certification agencies:

  1. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/grains-seeds

  2. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/grains-seeds

  3. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/fruits

  4. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/vegetables

  5. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/wine-grapes

  6. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/bees-honey

  7. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/bees-honey

  8. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/horticulture/bees-honey

Last updated at 11:04AM on November 27, 2015