Get to know NZ before the tour!
Watch these NZ films
-Once were Warriors (1994)
-Whale Rider (2002)
-The Piano (1993)
-Lord of the Rings (2001-03)
-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Read Kiwi literature
-Bone People (1988) Keri Hulme
-The Vintner’s Luck (2000) Elizabeth Knox
-In a Fishbone Church (1998) Catherine Chidgey
-Tu (2004) Patricia Grace
-The Penguin History of New Zealand (2003) Michael King
-A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields (2002) Philip Temple
Study Tour Hosts
Your Study Tour planning team members have traveled to New Zealand multiple times and all bring extensive first hand experience of New Zealand's apple industry. They look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand for this unique educational opportunity!
Karen Lewis, a Washington State University Extension regional tree fruit specialist, brings her expertise to the Study Tour. She is committed to helping growers get the most from their orchards and looks forward to offering an in-depth experience from rootstock to pack out.
Rod Farrow is IFTA President and owner of Lamont Fruit Farm and Fish Creek Orchards, both in Western New York. Rod is married to a Kiwi and is excited to connect IFTA membership with the dynamic NZ fruit tree industry.
Kat Dhand & Molly Crist
Hospitality Hosts | Onward Travel
Trip attendees will get to know Molly and Kat, the two sisters who own and operate Onward Travel. Molly is married to Joel Crist of Crist Bros. Orchards in Walden, NY, so they bring a unique understanding of the fruit tree business as well as an expertise in meaningful, detail-based and hospitable group travel to this Study Tour.
We are fortunate to have a team of folks from the industry in New Zealand assisting with Study Tour plans.