Welcome to Southern Cross Horticulture

We’re a family-owned operation that’s been planting, growing and exporting kiwifruit for more than 40 years. Today, Southern Cross Horticulture is one of New Zealand’s most successful orchard developers and producers of SunGold. For growers and landowners, we provide a unique end-to-end offering in orchard development. And for investors, we provide the opportunity to own part of a syndicated orchard.

In a nutshell, we build orchards that grow your wealth faster. We achieve this through:

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A complete turn-key solution for constructing, establishing, and managing orchards
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Innovations and trade secrets that we’ve built through generations of experience
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A focus on creating quality orchard assets that stand the test of time

Why we are different

Family owned, so we stand with pride behind our orchards

We’re a family-owned operation that has been there from the very beginning of the Gold kiwifruit story. Our good name stands behind every orchard that we produce. We use the same techniques to develop and manage our own orchards.

A unique business model

Our business model provides for the complete life cycle of a kiwifruit orchard – from land selection and orchard design, to nursing juvenile plants in our own greenhouses, to having our own teams across orchard construction, establishment, and crop management. This type of end-to-end orchard development offering is unique in the marketplace.

At the forefront of innovation

We’ve been at the leading edge of a number of industry firsts and innovations over the years. This includes putting our juvenile crops in greenhouses for added protection, placing canopies across entire orchards to prevent fruit rub and disease spread, through to creating specialist orchard establishment techniques. We were also early adopters of the Gold variety. And we are the industry leader in offering turn-key orchard developments.

A deeper look at Southern Cross Horticulture

A pioneering history of entrepreneurship

The story of Southern Cross Horticulture reaches back six generations. Around 150 years ago, the original Dunstan family were successful Australian sheep and beef farmers, before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life.

At age 17, the eldest son Chris settled in Tauranga, where he planted his first kiwifruit orchard in 1977. Over the next three decades, together with his wife Shirley and their children, the Dunstan family established a string of successful orchards.

One memorable day, in 1997, Chris tasted the new variety of Gold kiwifruit for the first time. Struck by its unique taste and texture, he announced to the family: “This is going to be our future”.

Backed by their market-leading business model, which allowed them to develop their own orchards from scratch, the Dunstans were able to convert their orchards to the game-changing Gold.

Today, the pioneering spirit continues. Southern Cross Horticulture is focused on creating world-class orchards which produce larger crops, faster, and stand the test of time.

A focus on the future

Southern Cross Horticulture was there at the very beginning of the Gold kiwifruit story. From day one, we’ve always been passionate advocates for this variety.

And as we look to the future of SunGold, we’re even more excited about its potential. The kiwifruit sector is about to embark on a bold new era, and we’re more than ready to capitalise on this opportunity. We have the people, the resources, the drive, and the vision. We invite you to join us.

Southern Cross Horticulture – Orchards that grow your wealth faster

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