End of Year Tour - Takapoto Farm & APL Factory

Join us for our annual End of Year Tour. This year we will visit a Takapoto farm and then tour the APL Factory in Te Rapa. The tour will conclude at Palate Restaurant with a pre-dinner speech by Peter Batcheler, Chairman of Southern Spars.

Tour Schedule:

  • 10.30 Meet at Takapoto Farm - Morning tea
  • 11.00 Start farm tour
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 1.30 Resume farm tour
  • 2.45 Depart Farm
  • 4.00 APL Factory Tour
  • 5.30 Depart factory
  • 6.00 Palate Restaurant - Drinks and speaker Peter Batcheler
  • 7.00 Dinner
  • 9.00 Finish
Waikato and Bay of Plenty residents will need to provide their own transport.

Cost: $125 Auckland/Northland (includes transport); $80 Bay of Plenty & Waikato (transport not included). Please register under your region.


About the Farm:

Mitch Plaw is the owner of APL. He also owns Takapoto Farm on the shore of Lake Karapiro. Almost ten years ago, Mitch engaged his friend, ADNZ member Graham Bull to design a series of buildings on the farm. Graham's brief was simply to fit in with the rolling Waikato landscape. The buildings include Helicopter, Boat, Deer and Implement sheds. 'Shed' is perhaps a bit of a misnomer because these are elegant buildings with carefully crafted detailing. The budget for the Helicopter building alone was $3.0m.

About the APL Factory:

Completed in 2015, the APL Factory in Te Rapa was designed by Jasmax Architects.

On a small site, the design sought to maximise the building’s footprint, while pursuing generous architectural gestures. The key driver behind the project was to raise the profile of the APL brand and to create a physical transparency to their business.

The simple architectural form contains offices, warehousing and manufacturing for multiple business units. This form is punctuated with bold gestures that are avenues to test and celebrate product development. These are set into a deliberately simple and strong palette of materials that allows the quality of detailing to shine.

The building contains a high-level of sustainable measures, utilising both cutting-edge technology and architectural responses to aid in its ‘performance’.

About the Speaker:

Peter Batcheler started his working career in the Navy, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He left the navy in 1987and has been involved in management roles at various companies. In 2016 he joined Southern Spars, where he has been General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is described as a "high energy export director with strong strategic vision, exceptional implementation record and unfailing ability to develop sustainable management teams.


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    10.30am - 9pm
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    ( Cost to members: $80 )

    All prices are charged in NZD and include GST

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