Story: Soils and regional land use

Waimea Plains

Waimea Plains

The rich, intensively cropped river soils of the Waimea Plains south of Nelson have historically been used for farming and horticulture. Today there are fewer sheep and beef cattle, and grapes, kiwifruit and olives are the typical crops. Future expansion will depend largely on the availability of water as it comes under increasing demand.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Northern and western South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008