The New Zealand thoroughbred industry is a world leader. Racing and breeding horses has been a component of our young country's culture for well over a hundred years. The industry plays an important role in the New Zealand economy and contributes some 28,000 jobs to the work force.
New Zealand spans 1600km from North to South, with mountain ranges down most of its length. Its two main islands (North and South) cover 266,200 sq km, about the size of Japan or California and slightly larger than Great Britain. New Zealand has a population of four million people.
New Zealand is blessed with natural beauty. Its dramatic mountains, unpolluted beaches and green countryside, together with its temperate climate, make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind.
Less than two hours south of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, lies the lush Waikato farming region. The Waikato is home to a host of New Zealand's premier stud farms surrounding thoroughbred towns like Cambridge and Matamata. Here the horse is king, the Waikato having long ago adopted the appellation ' the Kentucky of New Zealand'. Without exception, overseas visitors freely describe New Zealand as having the best components of Ireland and Kentucky in one country.
Closer to the major population centre of Auckland lies another strong belt of horse country at Karaka. New and established stud operations are relocating to this region to be within easy reach of New Zealand Bloodstock's Karaka Sales Centre. Every summer up to 1500 of the country's best young thoroughbreds are offered in this auction ring, described as one of the best facilities of its type in the world.