The Throne Station in Marlborough overlooks the Waihopi spy base and a sea of vineyards. David Dillion took over the running of the family sheep and beef farm nearly 40 years ago and now his son Tommy is keen to follow in his father footsteps. David’s been gradually diversifying the dryland farming operation to counter the downturn in wool and meat prices.
Now there’s a vineyard and several fast growing woodlots on the property as well as the stock. Tommy’s also installed a professional motocross course on one of the hills, that’s proving to be a hit with local riders. Also, John Wooster is an orchardist in the Far North – his family’s been on the land since 1902, after it was purchased, site unseen from an advert in a San Francisco paper. The family grave yard nestled down near the Hokianga harbour tells the story of Frank Wooster who was injured in WW1. He made it back to New Zealand before dying because a bible in his pocket deflected a bullet.
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