Rural Excellence – “Getting it out there”

Bringing communities together to share rural excellence & knowledge.

A&P Show

For visitors, competitors, trade sites and everything else you need to know when ‘the country comes to town’.

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Farm Intern Programme

An on-farm training and work programme for young people wanting a land-based career.

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Financial help for Northlanders furthering their education and leadership in the rural sector.

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Whangarei Agricultural & Pastoral Society’s purpose is Rural Excellence – getting the message out there and bringing communities together to share rural excellence and knowledge.  We showcase the importance of agriculture; recognize excellence in the rural community; engage and enable people to participate and endeavour to influence community and the next generation.  Most known for our annual A&P Show at Barge Showgrounds, we do even more to achieve our purpose:



From the annual A&P Show to Rural Business Network meetings, we host and help organise many rural events.

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We offer internships, scholarships and overseas exchanges to help young people into the rural sector.

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We manage property throughout Northland, including the Masonic Villages and WDC pensioner housing.

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Barge Showgrounds

You can book your own event, this venue is perfect for weddings, corporate events, conferences and more.

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Horse Measuring 2023/24

We are pleased to announce that Horse Measuring is back at Barge Showgrounds for another year.

Measuring dates for the 2023/24 season are here:

Tuesday 1st August, 10-11am
Saturday 5th August, 10-12pm
Saturday 12th August, 10-12pm
Sunday 10th September, 10-12pm
Sat 1st October, 10-12pm
Thurs 5th October, 5-7pm
Wednesday 10th January, 5-7pm

Go to Whangarei Horse Measuring facebook page or contact Joanne Thomas directly to book.

Please note there has been a slight increase in measuring fees this year as well as some new helmet standards:

Also note that Barge Showgrounds Maunu Reserve is a public area used by the community for walking dogs, children playing, athletics and equestrian events. 

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Contact Us

Ph: +64 9 438 3109
Fax: +64 9 430 0706
Email: [email protected]


Office Address:

127 Bank Street
New Zealand

Postal Address:

PO Box 3
New Zealand