Horticulture / Viticulture

Horticulture New Zealand’s goal is to become a $10 billion per year industry by 2020 and WaterForce are proud to work alongside local orchardists and growers to help make that dream a reality.

Our premium fresh fruit, vegetables and award-winning wines are highly sought-after by consumers around the globe who want to buy produce that is grown in a clean, safe, pollution-free environment.

Water is a key ingredient for a successful future. We know how to source it, harness it and distribute it to best effect. We look forward to partnering with you to make the most of your water resources so your crops and your business can thrive.



Wine is New Zealand’s largest horticultural export, earning $1.4 billion for our economy each year. The industry’s goal is to reach $2 billion by 2020 and WaterForce is proud to help support that exciting expansion.

Using our vast regional knowledge about soil types, climate and water sources, we can help you access and use water as efficiently as possible – whether that’s for irrigation, frost protection or both. Each property is unique and our design teams will create an effective system to help your business grow.

When it comes to water, both quality and quantity are important. WaterForce specialize in water filtration and water storage.

If water is sourced from rivers or dams, filtration is essential to protect your entire irrigation or frost protection system from blockages and damage. Having enough water stored on site is also a key priority for many vineyards. We can help you set up the best possible ‘insurance policy’ to cope with dry weather and install sufficient storage to meet your needs.

WaterForce can design, supply, install and maintain your entire irrigation system. We provide a full turn-key solution and offer 24/7 after-sales service if any breakdowns occur.

Pip & Stone Fruit

Demand for New Zealand-grown pip fruit continues to grow. Apple exports now exceed $560m per year and reach 65 countries around the world, and are on track to reach the industry’s target of $1 billion by 2020.

Ongoing access to water is crucial to the viability of any orchard. Irrigation, frost protection and fertigation systems encourage optimum growth and help produce a quality product for both domestic and export markets.

Because annual growing and harvesting seasons are relatively short, any equipment breakdowns during this time can have serious consequences in terms of both fruit quality and staff downtime while systems are repaired.

WaterForce can design, supply and regularly maintain all the key equipment you need to grow a strong, healthy crop. We can also help you meet environmental compliance regulations by installing water meters and open channel flow measurement devices where required.

Many orchards also need to accommodate large numbers of seasonal staff on site. WaterForce can supply portable water systems and water treatment for all your temporary accommodation needs.

Water is also an important part of the packing and cool storage process. Water is often used to cool the fruit after harvest, and the medium used to transport it through the packhouse. WaterForce supplies and services the pumps, tanks, and pipe-work associated with these processes to ensure that down time is kept to a minimum and the product gets to market in its freshest form.


Over 25 varieties of fresh and processed vegetables worth almost $600 million per year are exported to 76 countries at present, with onions, potatoes, squash and peas accounting for almost half of New Zealand’s total vegetable exports.

While the future looks bright, growers face a number of ongoing challenges including the rising cost of land, environmental compliance costs and the availability of water.

WaterForce has a wealth of experience and knowledge about local water catchments and irrigation schemes in your area. We can help you design an efficient irrigation system which will result in optimal application rates and minimise your running costs.

We can also help you meet ongoing environmental compliance regulations by installing flow meters where required.