The country's biggest apple exporter ENZA says the first container-sized shipment of New Zealand-grown apples has reached Australia.
Some small consignments of New Zealand apples have been sent across the Tasman since a 90-year ban was lifted earlier this year.
But ENZA general manager Snow Hardy says the 20-foot container packed with 700 trays of the Jazz variety, which were grown in Hawke's Bay, is the first sizeable shipment to be sent to Australia.
Jazz is already established in Australia, where it has been grown under licence for a few years.
ENZA says it will restrict its exports of the variety to Australia so the local trade is not disrupted.