A rainbow, like the one seen here near Raglan in the Waikato, requires both rain and sun to form – and both rain and sun are required for good pasture growth. In the lower basins of the Waikato, Waipā, Piako and Waihou rivers lies the 500,000-hectare ‘green heart’ of the Waikato dairy lands. This is one of the most productive and intensively farmed areas in New Zealand. The rich soils, combined with a mild, humid climate, produce ideal conditions for pasture growth. The lone tree, a kahikatea, shows that a mighty forest once stood here.
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