About the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day

Unfortunately this year's BNZ National Horticultural Field Days has been cancelled due to COVID-19. See you back at the Hawke's Bay A&P Showgrounds in 2021!


The BNZ National Horticultural Field Days is an industry-only, two-day business to business event, it is proudly New Zealand’s only focused Horticultural event.  Creating a fantastic opportunity for professional development, showcasing Innovation & Technology and getting face to face with Horticultures stakeholders. This event is key for the entire horticultural industry; from students, on the ground workers, entry level personnel, through to mid and senior managers and CEO’s.

The BNZ National Horticultural Field Days brings the horticulture community together for a business opportunity, celebrating Horticulture in New Zealand. 

June 17 - 18  2020

The BNZ National Horticulture Field Day has enjoyed success within its current format for a number of years. Industry stakeholders have requested changes for the 2019 event which include:
  • Increase duration of the event to two days commencing on Wednesday 26 June;
  • Educational focus on highlighting careers across the industry, emphasis placed on the different careers from planting stage through to the produce being purchased at store;
  • Key note speakers from inspirational young leaders, recent graduates and Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers Competition winners during day and powerful panel session / networking function Wednesday night;
  • Breakout sessions during the day highlighting the “rock stars” of the industry, how they got to their current job, what they are doing and where do they plan to go next (driven by industry and key event stakeholders);
  • Innovation to include robotics and key technology changes across sector;
  • Opportunites to network and socialise
  • Planned demonstrations programme

BNZ National Horticultural Field Days are now established as the most significant Horticulture focused event on the industry calendar. 

To get involved CONTACT : Event Manager

Special thanks to our longstanding family of sponsors





2019 Highlights

We have put together some videos which showcase the highlights across the two days for 2019:

Outdoors Exhibitors: CLICK HERE
Indoor Exhibitions: CLICK HERE
Education Programme Wednesday: CLICK HERE
Education Programme Thursday: CLICK HERE

PHONE: 06 878 3123 or 201 703 991


HortiFutures Careers Expo

  • GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge – This fast-paced, one-day competition is for teams of Year 10 students with an interest in technology, science or business. The challenge requires students to apply their subject knowledge and build a prototype solution to a real-life situation being faced by New Zealand's largest export sector.
  • EIT HortiFutures programme – is a practical technology  based programme put together with the support of industry.  Students will have 15 minute snap shot modules to rotate through – presented by young experts in their fields. Modules include weather prediction using technology, virtual reality map reading, water clarity assessments, robotics and several more.

​Read about the HortiFutures modules here

  • Skill based training – designed to upskill current workers we provide training modules for; working at heights, Hydralada, forklift and Growsafe modules.


To register for the GrowingNZ innovation Challenge 26th June

New Zealand's Leading Horticultural Industry Event 2020

Click here to read and Download the Trade Exhibitor Prospectus Pack

Click here to complete your application online



For more information contact Mel Blackmore - 021 703 991                  TRADES@HAWKESBAYSHOW.CO.NZ  or 06 878 3123 - 704

2020 Trade Exhibitors

The Trade component of the Field Days is the backbone to the event’s success. Providing a ‘pure horticulture’ focus means attendees are not clouded by lifestyle or other trades.  Exhibiting at the 2020 event provides you the opportunity to:


  • Grow Market share and profits to attendees from across New Zealand.
  • Generate sales leads for ongoing business post-show.
  • Build brand awareness and loyalty.
  • Showcase new innovations, technologies and adaptations.
  • Build relationships with clients.
  • Expand databases.
  • Opportunities to educate, provide professional development and ‘help desk’ existing clients.
  • Support & grow the Horticulture Industry.


There are a range of options for Trade Exhibitors across both indoor and outdoor trade areas.  We strongly encourage all Trade Exhibitors to maximise their investment by sharing their goals and reason for attending with us so that we can work with you to ensure success.

Our point of difference is the opportunity to talk face to face with your target market.  We provide opportunity for you to showcase and demonstrate your business so that your buyers have the opportunity to really understand the benefits and intricacies of your products. As you know there is nothing quite as powerful as seeing the product and brand in action!  

Our dedicated trade specialist will be available to support all exhibitors during the entire process. Our role is to make your investment a success!

We regularly communicate with news, special features and giveaways so keep in touch over the coming months to find out how your business can be profiled as part of the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day.       Facebook

Make an enquiry today so you don't miss out on your spot at this year's BNZ National Horticultural Field Day



BNZ National Horticultural Field Day Competitions 

Several exciting competitions take place each year at the BNZ National Horticultural Field Days, including the Ravensdown Innovation & Environment Award, Hawke's Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year, NZ Hydralada Competition and ECR Forklift competition. 


First Prize $1000 cash!

This award is specifically designed to highlight the technology and innovation that is integral in Horticulture today. As New Zealand’s Horticultural industries grow, advancements in technology and research are integral to the industry’s success. 

The Ravensdown Innovation Award is a way to celebrate the innovation and World class technology that New Zealand businesses are using to transform and grow their industry.  

Previous winners of this award include Plant, Detection Systems, Scionon, Tow and Blow, Rockit Apples, Hydratorq Biofume Ozone and NZ Seaweeds - Bee Nutrician.

Click here to enter the 2019 Ravensdown Innovation & Environment award 
Online Application 

hawke's bay young fruitgrower of the year competition

The Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower competition aims to inspire and acknowledge the talents of young people employed in the fruit sectors in the Hawke’s Bay. This popular event has been running for many years with many talented and successful Hawke's Bay horticulturalists taking part. 

Contestants in the competition demonstrate their practical skills at eight stations during the National Horticultural Field Days, followed by a Dinner event where they participate in a quiz and present a speech on a given topic to the audience.


The challenge will again be laid down to all Hydralada operators to enter the annual New Zealand Hydralada® Competition to be held at the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day on Thursday 27th June at the Showgrounds Hawkes Bay Tomoana.

You must be a competent Hydralada operator to take part. The competition is run from 1pm - 3pm, over a timed course with the ten fastest competitors called back for a final from 3pm. Register on the day. Competitors can complete their first run anytime after 1pm. 

1st $50


Wednesday 26th June 10am - 3pm @ the ECR Forklift Arena

Entrants have the chance to show off thier skill, efficiency and understanding of safety requirements as they complete challenges set out by the ECR team. You can register on the day and must have an OSH                      Forklift licence.

Competitors will be judged over a set course based on skill and accuracy. Competition runs all day and winner will be announced at the end of the day.

$500 cash prize for the winner

ECR Tractor skills COMPETITION

Thursday 27th June 10am - 3pm @ ECR Tractor Arena

Entrants have the chance to show off thier skill, efficiency and understanding of safety requirements as they complete challenges set out by the ECR team. You can register on the day.  

Competitors will be judged over a set course based on skill and accuracy. Competitors must hold a current drivers licence. Competition runs all day and winner will be announced at the end of the day.

$500 cash prize for the winner



Visitor Information

The BNZ National Horticultural Field Day is a great opportunity to get away from the Orchard, off the Harvester or out from behind the desk and catch up with others from the industry, learn, explore and network. 


Tickets are complimentary to industry personel and will be available to download HERE from 1st May 2020

To purchase your ticket at the gate is $10



 2020 BNZ National Horticultural Field Day Programme includes two days of inspiration, learning and engagement with the industry.  Download here


The Hawke's Bay A&p Society is committed to keeping our guests, contractors and all people on site safe. 
2020 Emergency procedure Policy.

The BNZ National Horticultural Field Day includes a comprehensive Trade display featuring businesses selling everything from sprayers and harvesters to pallets, software and pruning equipment.

Alongside these products a range of service providers are on site to discuss health and safety, industry programmes, insurance and accountancy services. 

Unlike other Agricultural Field Days, the National Horticultural Field Day is all about Horticulture. As an industry event, its a great way to attend free seminars presented by industry experts, watch some competitions and network with others from this innovative industry. 

SCHOOL’S Career's Programme

We are thrilled to host a GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge on Wednesday 26th June.  This will take place in the Education space at the rear of the Exhibition Hall.  Feel free to pop in and see the main presentations at 2pm.  This prgramme is targeted to engage with our top students in science, technology and social science and encourage them to choose a career in horticulture.

Thursday 27th will see the HortiFutures programme in full swing.

This programme is for all students wiht taster modules provided by industry.  The generosity of our local business community has been fantastic and the students will find themselves participating in virtual reality exercises, web based programmes, water testing and practical activities to keep them engaged.  All students will be hosted for morning tea with keynote bite size talks from young successful people within the industry and a brief connection with tertiary providers.

For more information please contact Mel Blackmore: BNZ National Horticultural Field Days



Please feel free to make contact with our team if we can be of any assistance.

Office Phone: 06 878 3123 or 

Phone: Mel Blackmore Ph: 021 703 991

Or click here to email 

Hawke's Bay A&P Society 
Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana
Kenilworth Road
PO Box 349




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key dates

Wednesday 17 - Thursday 18 June 2020
9.00am - 5.00pm

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