Horticulture

Northland’s subtropical climate and wide diversity of soil result in a huge selection of crops thriving in the region. 

Northland's largest crop is kiwifruit, with around 3.6 million trays of green and gold kiwifruit grown annually. Citrus is very successful in Northland, with mandarin, lemons and naval oranges being most popular. Blueberries are a relatively new but rapidly growing fruit crop, and the Far North has become well-recognised as one of the prime subtropical growing areas for avocados in the world.

Northland is the largest area in New Zealand for kūmara (or sweet potato), and the well developed commercial kūmara industry produces red, orange and gold varieties.

With over 40 vineyards, Northland has a reputation for producing award-winning wines, and increasing demand promises further growth in this industry. Also consistently receiving accolades on the world stage is the high quality olive oil.

Most recently, excitement is growing for the potential in apiculture, specifically in producing mānuka honey. The valuable UMF (Unique Mānuka Factor) is well-known for providing health benefits, and with vast areas of mānuka forests Northland produces some of the highest medical grade mānuka honey in New Zealand.

Horticulture

Fast Facts

→ 3.6M trays of green and gold kiwifruit grown annually.
→ 45% of New Zealand’s avocado export crop.
→ Over 40 vineyards producing award-winning wines.
→ Largest area in New Zealand for kumara growing.
→ The highest UMF activity in New Zealand.

What's happening in our region - Horticulture

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