Davaar Station is located in the Southland region of New Zealand. Situated at the base of the Takitimu mountain range, between Queenstown and Milford Sound, Davaar Station links the two world-renowned places. The station runs from the Mararoa River to the bushline of the rugged Takitimu mountain range.
The Macdonald family have been farming this land since 1915.
The 1100-hectare property is a combination of rugged hill country dotted with native tussocks and grasses as well as flat pastoral land. Both sheep and cattle are farmed here using well-practiced sustainable processes, high-quality technology and good old fashioned hard work.
There is mix of steep hill country terrain and flat pastoral land. The highest point of Davaar Station is 900 metres / 2952 ft above sea level with the homestead sitting at 360 meters / 1000 ft above sea level. The station’s other boundaries are Burwood and Waituna Stations.
Romney / Perendale / Texel cross sheep breed is farmed on Davaar Station. It is a hardy breed that suits the climate and terrain. 6,500 breeding ewes are run on the station and 1,500 hoggets. The sheep are farmed for both their quality meat and wool products, which are predominantly sold off shore.
Angus / Hereford cattle are also farmed on the property for their highly sought after beef.
Today, Davaar Station runs 535 head of cattle.
"We are lucky to have the opportunity to involve the family in farming. We're just caretakers, looking after the land and earning a living." - James and Fiona Macdonald
James and Fiona have established a sustainable and productive family farming business for future generations. Over the past 100 years, the Macdonald family have endured times of hardship, tragedy, and volatility along with success and fulfilment. Hardwork, perseverance and optimism have been fundamental to the success of Davaar Station.