KANES arrange farm visits for interested groups.
We explore life cycles, management, marketing, maintenance, economics,
hazards, animal health, inputs and planning. .
to farms, farm shows, guide's commentaries and displays all help guests
explore their areas of interest.
Sheep and cattle are the most popular farmed animal
species. Amongst these are many different breeds, each with their own
special strengths to thrive in different environments and for different uses. Interested
groups can study the annual cycle of
each, looking at the breeding, feeding and, health of the animals and the
farmers' payments when the animals leave.
These help provide visitors with
informative, colourful and entertaining insights into life on the farm. You can make close contact with
various farm produce and animals.
In the South Island's Desert and Adventure Zone
our most popular farming experience involves a
steam boat cruise and afternoon tea. Visitors
see dog handling sheep sheering, wool spinning and final products.
The North Island's
Active Volcano Zone
provides the popular
Agradome farm show with
rollicking commentaries sheep dogs working and a selection of sheep that
help you understand various breeds farms you see all over New Zealand.
High Country Farms
This type of farm lets the animals free on the mountains to search for
their sustenance. These farms are much bigger and contain different breeds of grasses and animals,
Alpine Grandeur Zone.
Very high rain fall
areas require different farm management techniques to avoid excessive
In many areas of NZ
dairy farms are taking over from other farms. Interested groups Learn about
the collection, transportation and preparation of milk for the markets.
A visit to a milking shed can often be arranged for study groups.
Communities in suitable areas grow
their own vegetables Many locals grow their own
in their gardens.
Otherwise known as orchards, fruit farms are found in most
zones. Various weather patterns dictate the varieties of fruit their
care and productivity. The
Desert & Adventure Zone
is well known for stone fruit, pip fruit and grapes.
Kiwi fruit and
citrus fruit are most available in the
Main Population Zone.
These include wheat, barley and various temperate vegetables and
they are found
throughout the country especially near towns.
Generally new and developing enterprises only a few
fish farms are
situated in areas on the normal tour route. They include
salmon, mussel, prawn and
Overnight Farm Stays
Larger groups on limited budgets can
experience a stay on a South Island high-country farm among the mountains. Small numbers
of guests (2-4) can be hosted at individual family farms for about the
same price as staying at a 4-star hotel. -
Forest for timber
plantations are found all over New Zealand
Timber (mainly pine) is a major
export product and interested groups walk into the forests and
observe the various stages of the growth, care, harvest and uses of this