Agriculture

Quality soil and consistent rainfall make South Waikato the perfect place for businesses who want to make their living from the land.

The region sprawls across 1817 square kilometres of land. You’ll find large dairy, sheep and beef farms here, as well as horticulture.

The landscape is as varied as the businesses that make their living from it, with nutrient rich flat land leading into hard hill country.

Worker in a South Waikato Dairy Factory.

Investment Opportunities

Dairy is the largest player in the agricultural sector – there are over 150,000 dairy cows in the region. Dairying contributes around NZD$260 million to the district’s GDP. Dairy Farms in South Waikato are serviced by either Fonterra or Open Country Dairy and all of the major rural supplies merchants have local stores.

Milk Solid Production Change

Milk Solid Production Level

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South Waikato District34.635.837.938.937.839.841.936.744.644.949.556.351.359.761.759.460.562.6
New Zealand1,0961,1521,1911,2541,2131,2671,3161,2701,3931,4381,5131,6851,6581,8251,8901,8621,8511,840

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