New Zealand's horticultural industry is based largely on the export of kiwifruit, pipfruit, wine, and fresh and processed vegetables.

Kiwifruit and wine are the biggest earners, each with export values in excess of $1 billion.

However, there is a lot of niche development and innovation in the industry, with avocados, berryfruit, summerfruit, olive oil and other crops and products being exported or having future export potential.

MPI is currently consulting on a Review of the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority Act. Visit the consultation page for more information.

Sector Size

The major horticulture industries by export earnings are:

  • Wine: $1.18 billion (year to June 2012)
  • Kiwifruit: $1.03 billion (year to March 2012)
  • Apples and pears: $385 million (year to December 2012)
  • Fresh and Processed Vegetables: $575 million (year to December 2012)
Source: Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries Reports, 2012


The horticulture sector in New Zealand has a strong tradition of innovation, including examples such as ZESPRI® Gold kiwifruit and several apples varieties including the Pacific series and JazzTM.

MPI administers a range of innovation funds, grant schemes and other initiatives intended to promote sustainable development within the primary sectors and rural communities through the Sustainable Farming Fund , the Primary Growth Partnership  and other Funding Programmes.

Reports and Analysis

MPI's Farm Monitoring programme includes the horticulture and arable sectors, looking at on-farm production and financial status.

MPI's Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (SOPI) reports provide an annual overview of issues faced by the horticulture industry, and a medium-term forecast of the situation in the three to four years ahead.

Statistics New Zealand collects data on behalf of MPI on a yearly basis. The Agricultural Production Survey provides information about crop growing (including grain and seed crops, fruit and vegetables, wine grapes and nursery plants), and farm practices (including irrigation and fertiliser use).

More information about New Zealand Horticultural production and exports can be found in Plant and Food Fresh facts 2012.

Sustainable Farming Fund Projects

MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund supports farmer, grower and forester-led projects across New Zealand. A number of these projects focus on extension and applied research in the horticulture sector. Project information and resources are available on the SFF Project Page.

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Last Updated: 28 July 2014

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