Fonterra factory tour

Thursday 11 May 2017

12.00pm Depart Christchurch Airport
12.45pm Tour of Plant
2.45pm Depart Plant
3.30pm Arrive Methven approx (coach will drop off at conference accommodation)

Cost $45 (for transfer)

Registration essential as minimum and maximum numbers apply.  Register under TRANSFERS during the registration process.

Opened in 2012 on a greenfield site west of Christchurch, Fonterra Darfield is a showcase of the Co-operative's commitment to the highest levels of efficiency and sustainability, from design, through to building and operation.  Fonterra Darfield is located in New Zealand's fastest growing dairying region, and is the home of a state-of-the-art milk powder processing plant and the world's largest milk dryer.

Construction at Darfield, from green paddock to producer of high quality milk powder, took just over 18 months. The site produces high quality instant and regular whole milk powder for export to markets in South East Asia, China, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Darfield produces regular and instant whole milk powder. At full steam, it processes 7.2 million litres of milk per day, which produces enough milk powder to fill 15,000 shipping containers a year.

Fonterra is committed to environmental sustainability and preserving the beautiful vistas of Canterbury. Over 12,000 trees have been planted at the Darfield site to screen the buildings from the road, while the site's location reduces the distance travelled by our milk tankers by 30,000km per day. The site also boasts a fleet of 37 Volvo milk tankers, the most fuel efficient in their class.


Activities for partners in Methven

The conference venue (Methven Heritage Centre) houses the local iSite for assistance and information about local attractions and activities.

Also on site at Heritage Centre:
Open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday

Alpine and Agriculture Encounter

Venue for Wednesday evening function
Entry: Senior citizen $10 | Adult $12.50
This multi-faceted walk through encounter uses audio/visual displays, large exhibits showcasing farming and snow sports. The Encounter also has three sub themes, geology, weather, and water.

The Encounter has been created to give visitors a real understanding of the way of life in rural Canterbury and the way our two key industries, farming and snow sports are linked together through trade, tourism and shared reliance on our unique geology and climate.

Ski Heritage Museum

Entry included in Alpine and Agriculture Encounter
On display we have unique exhibits ranging from antique ski equipment, Winter Olympic memorabilia and collections from well-known ski families; Anton Coberger (Temple Basin, Porter Heights & Otira Field on the Kelly Range and NZ ski team member. Wif Hunt (North Island fields, Whakapapa and the NZ Ski Team in 1952 and 1960 downhill skier Winter Olympics, and Willi Huber to name a few.

Watch the ski antics of the early skiers on one of the many audio visual displays. Visit Sir Edmund Hillary sitting on the first ever chairlift erected on a NZ ski field (Mt Ruapahu) in 1954.  Walk through a replica of Willi Huber's hut. Willi spent a winter monitoring snow fall high on Mt Hutt in order to ascertain whether a commercial ski field was viable.

Winter Olympian Sir Roy McKenzie's aural history was recorded shortly before his death. Sir Roy was involved in both North Island and Queenstown fields, a member of the NZ Ski Team and Captain of NZ's first winter Olympics team to Oslo in 1952. Sir Roy was also a mountaineer and masters ski racer, was on the Mt Cook board for 20 years, and a great support of Disabled Snowsports NZ. He was still skiing at 80 years of age. 

Also included in the collection is ski fashions through the ages and educational audio visual on alpine safety.


Methven Art Gallery

Entry: Free
The Art Gallery hosts a diverse programme of quality contemporary art exhibitions featuring a range of art forms by local and national artists.

Cinema Paradiso

112 Main Street (03 302 1957)
Open 10am – 10pm daily
Entry: $17

This boutique cinema is the smallest in New Zealand able to offer the latest blockbuster movies!!  They are licensed so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with your movies, as well as offering soft drinks, ice cream, popcorn and lollies.

For movies during NZCBConference phone 03 302 1957 or email or visit the website:

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