What we look for

DFNZ prefers dairy farms in the best dairy regions of New Zealand, including Canterbury, Southland, Waikato and parts of Otago.  Below are a number of things that we look for in dairy farms. The regional location is the most important.


  • Canterbury/Southland/Waikato/Otago as preferred regions.
  • Within 20km of key farm supplies stores.
  • Ideally less than 1 hour from a main airport (so that management can easily get there).
  • Less than a 30 minute school bus ride to a good secondary school (makes the farm more attractive to good sharemilkers).
  • Mostly flat contour.
  • Centrally sited milking shed.
  • Good water supply.

Farm purchase price needs to reflect productivity.  We like properties with easily realisable potential.  We look for limiting factors such as:

  • Low soil fertility.
  • Poor pastures that could be resown with improved varieties.
  • Housing that can be replaced, modernised or upgraded.
  • Sheds/tracks/fences.
  • Drainage and irrigation.
  • Effluent infrastructure.

as these can be rectified relatively quickly with wise investment.

Registered Office
c/o Clavell Capital Limited
Level 4, 139 Quay Street, Auckland 1010
PO Box 1917, Auckland 1140

South Island Office
Dairy Farms NZ Limited
Innovation Park, 185 Kirk Road, Templeton, 7678
PO Box 86-085, Rolleston West, Canterbury 7658