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Programme outline - Muster, Summit, Celebration Dinner, Immersive Tour

2024 Impact Summit: Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 March

With our commitment to elevating thought, challenging the status quo, and inspiring positive change, our 2024 Summit will explore the bold theme “Guilt Free Farming – feeding and clothing a hungry world”. 

The Summit is not a talk-fest, nor a platform for denial. It will bring you together, as the change-makers in Australia and New Zealand's food and fibre sector, and arm you with the tools for what’s coming next, by:


  • Providing vision and inspiration 

  • Showcasing the latest information and innovation from NZ and around the globe

  • Reinforcing credibility, with data and science from leading experts

  • Igniting vital conversations and creating opportunities to connect


Why should we be proud to be a primary part of the supply chains that feed and clothe our world – and where are the opportunities to make the biggest impact over the next 10 years? Join us and be inspired.

Dress Code: Smart casual.

To view the exciting 2024 Impact Summit programme click here

Young Achievers Muster: Monday 11 March, 11am - 5pm

Location: Icons Room, Heritage Hotel.

The Muster - designed exclusively for our Award Alumni and Award partners - provides a powerful platform to share developments and innovations, and nurture strong connections. Details of the Muster will be provided directly to registered attendees. Built on the success of our first Muster in 2023, this is set to be another fantastic and transformative day.


Interested in coming on board as an Award partner? Contact us at

Welcome Dinner: Monday 11 March, 5pm onwards.

Location: Rooftop Terrace, Heritage Hotel.

Join us on the stunning rooftop terrace of the Hotel for a light dinner and refreshments setting the tone for collaboration and meaningful connections.

2024 Award 10 Year Celebration Evening: Tuesday 12 March, 6pm - 11pm

2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the Award, which is cause for celebration indeed!


Join us for this special evening where we reflect on the past decade, recognise the impact this Award is having on our sector, and crown our 2024 Award winners.


Located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, this stunning location sets the scene for an evening filled with entertainment, socialising and celebration.  The perfect opportunity to put on your Sunday best and raise a glass to our future leaders.

Shuttles will depart from outside the Hotel from 5.45-6.30pm, there will be a return shuttle available between 10.30pm-11.30pm.  Dress attire is semi-formal.

















Summit Finale evening: Wednesday 13 March, 7pm - 11pm

Location: TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship

Kicking off with a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu, on board the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship our final hurrah is a good chance to bid farewell to friends old and new, with a delicious gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station in the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. We’ll be boarding the TSS Earnslaw at 6.45pm, there will be shuttles leaving the Heritage from 5.45pm., and return shuttles available from 11pm. Dress attire is smart casual


Immersive Tour: Thursday 14 March, 9am - 5pm (optional)

Visit food and fibre game-changers in an immersive one day tour within the Queenstown Basin. In addition to breathtaking views, the trip includes visits to the iconic Royalburn Station and groundbreaking cherry orchard Forest Lodge Orchard, before a final stop at the legendary Gibbston Valley Winery to sample some of Central Otago’s finest wines.

Bus will be departing 9am from Heritage Hotel and will return approximately 5pm. Dress Casual


Royalburn Station:

Royalburn Station is one of the oldest farms in the country, and one of the last operating farms in the region, with a genuine farm-to-plate operation. This historic station was taken over by former MasterChef NZ winner Nadia Lim and husband Carlos Bagrie in 2019, who have a vision to lead the way in regenerative ethical farming, by creating more sustainable and circular solutions to help the land, animals and food sources thrive. Home to one of only two mobile, micro on-farm abattoirs in the country, Royalburn’s lamb operation has the highest animal welfare and ethics practices possible. Click here to find out more. 


Forest Lodge Orchard:

Forest Lodge is a 6-hectare cherry orchard with just over 9300 cherry trees and is the World's First 100% Electric, Zero Fossil Fuel Orchard. No fossil fuels means the latest in electrification technology, and some fine kiwi-ingenuity is required. You’ll spend time with founders Mike and Rebecca Casey, who left their careers in finance and tech start ups in Sydney back in 2019 to embark on this new venture, to see and hear first hand on their journey and challenges in creating the first zero emission harvest - potentially in the world. To find out more click here

Gibbston Valley Winery

No immersive tour of Central Otago would be complete without a stop at a winery - and where better to visit than Gibbston Valley Winery. Home to the oldest vineyards in the region and NZ’s largest wine cave, Gibbston Valley Winery have been handcrafting premium wines for more than three decades. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting and tour of the iconic cave, before making the trip back to Queenstown. The perfect way to wrap up the week.

Tickets to the Immersive Tour can be purchased separately as an "add-on" when you secure your Summit tickets. The Immersive Tour includes time with Nadia Lim and a barbecue lunch at Royalburn, a tour with Mike Casey at Forest Lodge Orchard, your wine cave experience and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery, and return transport from The Heritage Hotel.



Our location for the 2024 Impact Summit is The Heritage Hotel, Queenstown. 


This is located in central Queenstown, just a short walk downhill to the waterfront, with incredible views over Lake Wakatipu. 


There is accommodation available on site, making it nice and easy. We have negotiated preferential rates for Summit attendees. Please click here to book online, or contact the hotel on +64 3 450 1500 or . Quote the reference ZMA24 to access the special rate.

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