Kia-Ora Stud is something of a far cry from the facilities that made the farm's original reputation. The irrigation system has been totally upgraded so that now more than 500 acres can be irrigated to ensure top-class pastures year round.
The Segenhoe Valley is renowned for producing thoroughbreds and the Kia-Ora acres have, for 100 years, produced some of the best.
With water sourced from both the Hunter and Pages river and its supply of fresh, limestone-sourced water plus the abundant wells on the property, it is now possible to produce excellent paddock feed whatever the season.
Attention to detail does not stop with the horses, the facilities for our horses are some of the best in the world.
The deep alluvial soils contain most of the essential nutrients for optimum growth and condition in young thoroughbreds and the nutrition levels essential for healthy broodmares.
A program of pasture development implemented under the new ownership has optimised the potential of this outstanding horse property.
Situated at an altitude that provides cooler temperatures than the coast and yet mild winters, in an area proven for horse breeding for well over a century, Kia-Ora provides the ideal situation for breeding and rearing thoroughbred horses.
Producing Quality Young Stock
In Kia-Ora's first promotion by the new owners of yearlings reared at the stud and sold through the 2003 Inglis Easter Sales, it made the list of the top 10 vendors with a total clearance of the 16 youngsters offered. This trend has followed on for many years after. In the years 2013 & 2014 Kia Ora was in the top 5 vendors by aggregate for yearlings sold through the Inglis Easter sale.