Irrigation Leader

New Zealand Irrigation Education and Trade Tour

2020 New Zealand Irrigation Education and Trade Tour sponsored by Leader Leader Magazine 

Irrigation Leader magazine will sponsor an educational tour of irrigation and irrigation-related infrastructure in New Zealand from February 22 to 27, 2020. 

The tour will cost $2,200.00 per person, with a reduced fee of $1,500.00 for a spouse. The fee covers hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transport, but not airfare. Individuals wishing to participate must register and pay a nonrefundable deposit of $500.00 per person to secure a space on the tour. The remaining tour fee must be paid in full by November 1, 2019. Our tour space is limited to 20 participants. 

Payments may be made by check to Water Strategies and mailed to 4 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. For credit card payments, please phone our office at (202) 698-0690 .

Should you have questions, are interested in receiving information about the tour as a potential participant, or if your company is interested in being a sponsor, please email Kris Polly at kris.polly@WaterStrategies.com

We recommend traveling to New Zealand with AirNZ; they have deals as low as $1,185 round trip (including all taxes). 

To accommodate the time difference, you must leave by Thursday, February 20, to arrive by Saturday morning, February 22.

Possible flight to New Zealand from the US: 

Depart from Los Angeles 8:55 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, on AirNZ (there are two flights that evening, taking the earlier flight will allow more time to transfer in Auckland)

Transfer in Auckland

Arrive at Christchurch 10:25 a.m. on Saturday, February 22.

Total flight time: 15h 45min

 

Possible flight from New Zealand to the US: 

Depart from Nelson 7:50 p.m. on Friday, February 28, on AirNZ

Transfer in Auckland

Arrive at Los Angeles 1:55 p.m. on Friday, February 28.

Total flight time: 15 h 5 min 

 

Paula Waldeck at House of Travel Hornby in New Zealand is able to assist with all flight bookings. She knows the best connections and options. She is also able to assist with extending your visit after your tour should you wish to do so. 

Phone or email her and tell her you are with the Water Strategies Irrigation Tour.

paulawaldeck@hot.co.nz

+64 (3) 344 3070 

Note: Tour participants are welcome to make their own travel arrangements. Using NZ Air and the services of Ms. Walkdeck, though recommended, is not required.

Dates: February 22-27, 2020

Saturday February 22: 

Accommodations: Lincoln Motel, Lincoln  

Optional – Cricket Match 

5:00 p.m. – Welcome and evening briefing at Black Door Meal 

Bio security visit for each farm

 

Sunday, February 23: Welcome Day 

Accommodations: Lincoln Motel, Lincoln 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.- Breakfast at Famous Grouse 

Bus trip into Christchurch (Tour of EQ Exhibition) 

–  Avon River tour

– Lyttelton

Lunch at the Governors Bay Hotel

NZ cultural exhibition 

Rugby demonstration game at the Lincoln Rugby Club

– Networking at Rugby Clubhouse 

– Kapa Haka welcome 

Dinner at the Black Door Restaurant, Lincoln

 

Monday, February 24: Mid Canterbury Day – Efficient and Effective Water Delivery

Accommodations: Ashburton Hotel 

7:00 a.m. – Leave Lincoln

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast at the Dunsandel Store (small meal) 

8:40 a.m. – Arrive in Ashburton, Irrigo Offices  

– Mayoral welcome 

– Mid Canterbury Irrigation presentation 

History, collaboration infrastructure developments, environmental focus 

Site visit to gravity-fed Storage ponds (infrastructure)  

– Open race (canal) automation

Rubicon technology for efficient and effective delivery of water

– Arowhenua Marae 

– Managed aquifer recharge

Purposeful management of aquifers for quality and quantity improvements 

– Arable Aiming for an A presentation on farm (2 hours) 

Variety and rotation of crops, water management, fertilizer application 

– Early evening BBQ on farm (an MHW Director) 

 

Tuesday, February 25: Tech Day 

Accommodations: Heritage Hanmer Springs 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Ashburton Hotel 

8:15 a.m. – Drive to Lincoln 

9:30 a.m. – B Linc presentation (Collaboration Agriculture, education, tech) 

– Lincoln Agritech 

Sensors and commercializing new tech 

– Lincoln University Dairy Farm

New Systems, current trials, partnership 

Lunch – TBD 

Drive to Waimakariri – Nitrate reduction bio-reactor 

Drive to Hanmer Springs 

Activity – River excursion on Hurunui River 

Dinner – TBD in Hanmer 

Optional evening activity – Geothermal pool tour (no charge)

 

Wednesday, February 26: Corporate Farming and Viticulture 

Accommodations: Blenheim  

6:00 a.m. (optional) – Early morning Conical Hill walk (1 hour) 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast at Heritage Hanmer Springs 

Farm visit at Ngai Tahu Farming  (Farming to cultural limits)

– Pamu

Fertigation trial, environmental consideration  

Drive to Kaikoura seals stop

Late lunch in Kererungu 

Drive to Blenheim

– Irrigated Winery

Irrigation, environment, soil moisture monitoring for stressing plants 

(Afternoon activity – Viticulture presentation at Allan Scott Winery )

 

Thursday, February 27: Horticulture

Accommodations: Monaco in Nelson 

Breakfast in Blenheim

Drive to Nelson. Stops made during the drive to Nelson: 

Tasman 

Lunch in Nelson 

– Waimea Dam 

Dam under construction, collaborative project urban and rural supply 

– Paddock to Plate Tour 

Irrigated kiwifruit orchard –  Kiwi Downs, processing facility, cold storage, export strategy 

Dinner – Kaiteriteri evening meal 

 

Friday, February 28: Free Day 

Optional extras (for your own account). We can help plan these should you want. 

Day of Hunting – Goat, Pig, Deer

Abel Tasman day trek 

Mountain biking 

Sailing charter 

Fishing trip 

Kaiterteri Beach 

Explore Nelson and the boutique shops and galleries 

If you want to extend your trip, you can…

Hire a car and drive to:

West Coast of the South Islands, Marlborough Sounds, Explore Nelson and Tasman 

Fly to another NZ destination: 

Queenstown or Bay of Islands 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a sponsor of our 2020 New Zealand Irrigation Education and Trade Tour is a great way to maximize your advertising resources and expand your name recognition. Each of our international tours is featured in a full issue of Irrigation Leader magazine. Tour-Related issues receive greater attention and readership.

Below are the available sponsorship levels:

Major Sponsor:

Fee = $5,000.00

Benefits:

· One participant slot on the tour.

· Full-page advertisement in tour-related Irrigation Leader magazine.

· An article about your services in the tour-related Irrigation Leader magazine.

· Recognition on all tour-related information and materials.

· An opportunity to speak during the tour.

Sponsor:

Fee = $2,500.00

Benefits:

· Full-page advertisement in tour-related Irrigation Leader magazine.

· An article about your services in the tour-related Irrigation Leader magazine.

· Recognition on all tour-related information and materials.

· An opportunity to speak during the tour.

Sponsorship payments may be made by check to Water Strategies and mailed to 4 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. For credit card payments, please phone our office at (202) 698-0690.

Should you have questions or if you would like more information, please e-mail Kris Polly at Kris.Polly@WaterStrategies.com.