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 2024/25

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

Measuring dates for the 2024/25 season will be posted once confirmed.

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

Please note there was a slight increase in measuring fees last 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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Volunteering at the Show

Whangarei A&P Society is proud to support many community groups, and we are grateful to also receive support by so many community groups who volunteer and help at the Show each year.

If you would like to volunteer individually or with your community group, get in touch today: or complete the Yes! I want to help Expression of Interest Form

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Contact Us

Ph: +64 9 438 3109
Fax: +64 9 430 0706


Office Address:

127 Bank Street
New Zealand

Postal Address:

PO Box 3
New Zealand