What gets irrigated?
Irrigation helps a range of land uses in New Zealand:
- sheep and beef
- arable (crops)
- Watch this Irrigation NZ video about what irrigation helps to grow in New Zealand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRmLSNsK9QU
Where does irrigation happen?
The east coast of New Zealand gets lower rainfall than the rest of New Zealand. The main irrigation areas in New Zealand are the eastern parts of Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago.
About 65% of irrigation in New Zealand happens in Canterbury. More than 3/4 of farms here need irrigation.
- Ready for a quiz? Try the Irrigation in New Zealand activity.