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Fonterra Whareroa is opening its doors

  • March 29, 2018
  • 1 min read

Come and get a first-hand look at how we turn our farmers top quality milk into dairy nutrition that is enjoyed at home and around the world.

Fonterra Whareroa is inviting our friends, family and farmers to come and find out what happens behind the scenes at its Open Day on Saturday 14 April.

“This is an open invitation for our local Taranaki community to see how proud we are of what we do, learn more about the dairy production process and to have some fun at the same time,” says Whareroa Operations Manager Tony Maclean.

There will be guided site tours, some of your favourite Tip Top and Mainland products to sample, and an opportunity to see us in action.

Whareroa is one of the three largest sites in New Zealand and produces enough product to fill more than three Olympic-sized swimming pools each week. 

“The 1000-strong team processes 15 percent of our dairy production and send 400,000 metric tonnes of milk powder, cheese, cream, protein and lactic casein ingredients to customers overseas and in New Zealand each year,” says Mr Maclean.

Site tours will kick off every 10-15 minutes from 10am, with the last tour departing at 2pm. Onsite parking is limited.

Date & Location

Saturday 14 April, 10am – 2pm
Fonterra Whareroa, 84 Whareroa Rd, Hawera 

Your safety is our priority

Whareroa is a busy manufacturing site where the safety of people is paramount. The rules may sound strict, but we have them because we really care about our guests and want everyone to get home safely.

Children must be five years of age or over and there must be a one adult to one child ratio for children five-15. Safety clothing will be provided, but guests must wear flat, closed-toe shoes (not gumboots though).

Guests will need to be of reasonable health as parts of the tour requires guests to climb stairs. There are a few things you can’t bring on site, including pushchairs, wheel chairs, assisted walkers, backpacks, handbags and other hand-held items. If you’re not wearing it or if it’s not in your pocket please leave it at home or in your car.

In Taranaki, like the rest of New Zealand, it can be hard to predict the weather. If it rains cats and dogs, or we think the conditions make an open day unsafe, we might need to cancel. Hopefully you won’t need them, but we only allow raincoats on site. No umbrellas please.

The number of people permitted on site tours is limited and places will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We’ll be showing you some pretty cool things that are part of our competitive advantage, so no photos please.