World-class orchard developments

Whether you’re a landowner looking to create a top-performing asset or an orchardist looking for an industry-leading partner, the team at Southern Cross Horticulture is ready to help you create a world-class orchard development.
Southern Cross Horticulture

An opportunity to create a quality, high-performing asset

We’re one of the country’s most successful orchard developers and producers of SunGold; and the only fully integrated kiwifruit development business in New Zealand. Following decades of hard work and success, our proven systems and processes are now available to you. In recent years, we’ve expanded our own operations to partner with like-minded orchardists and landowners. Together, we’re creating quality orchard assets that deliver industry-leading returns.

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Delivering faster, bigger crops

At Southern Cross Horticulture, we’re highly experienced orchard developers with a proven track record for producing bigger, faster crops. Our orchards consistently produce yields far higher than the industry average.

How do we get such great results?

1. A complete end-to-end solution

We can offer a complete turn-key solution – from preparing the site and building your orchard, through to harvesting your successful crops.

2. We practice what we preach

We’re growers ourselves and have been for generations. From decades of first-hand experience, we understand what works and what doesn’t.

On your behalf, we’ll streamline even the most difficult and complex aspects of orchard development – from sequencing tasks and processes in order to deliver optimal outcomes through to obtaining planning and resource consents. The successful formulas we’ve used to build and manage our own orchards are now also applied to yours.

A true partnership

It’s your land, and we always respect that. We’ll provide as much support as you need. Some owners like to be closely involved in the development of their orchard; while others prefer to leave things to us. 

Our good name depends on it

Southern Cross Horticulture is family-owned, and our good name stands behind every orchard. You can learn more about our history here. We’re committed to building and managing a high-quality asset for you – we treat your orchard like it’s our own.

Southern Cross Horticulture Team

3. Trade secrets built up over generations

We've spent decades developing our trade secrets and industry-leading innovations. It’s how we create quality orchard assets – without compromise – that stand the test of time.

4. At the forefront of innovation

Southern Cross Horticulture was one of the first growers to adopt successful gold varieties. We've also been at the leading edge of a number of industry firsts; such as putting our juvenile crops in greenhouses, placing canopies across entire orchards to prevent fruit rub, and developing specialist establishment techniques to drive orchard establishment.

The rewards of partnering with us

With global demand for Sungold expected to double by 2025, New Zealand needs more orchards capable of delivering sustainable speed-to-production. This is exactly the business model we’ve built at Southern Cross Horticulture.

A smooth path to development

We have all the capability in-house, so you don't need to rely on third-party contractors to build your orchard. You'll benefit from cost-efficiencies, time savings, and control over quality.

Faster returns on your investment

Our orchards typically produce first-crop yields that are significantly higher than the industry average – and from as soon as 21 months in the ground – which means positive cashflow faster for you.

Getting started

If you’d like to know more, the first step is for us to meet. We’d welcome the opportunity to visit your land, to listen to your vision, and discuss the potential to create a world-class orchard with you.

How to get in touch
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