Local Heart, Global Soul

August 13, 2012

Anyone Want a Glass of Milk?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

New Zealand has a massive Dairy industry, both for local consumption and for export.

Since the South Island is better suited to sheep and beef stock (apart from the Southland area which also has Dairy) I’m not used to seeing milk tankers very often.

Knowing an industry is big in an area and seeing evidence of it so dramatically are two different things, so it was rather a shock for us to be travelling along  Taranaki roads late in the afternoon and having a constant stream of milk tankers coming towards us.

Not only are there a lot of them but they are all from the same company: Fonterra.

We counted 48 of them in the end… that’s a lot of milk!

Some of them are single tankers but most of them are double tankers so I do my best to capture the feeling of them all going past us. They are also knocking along at an impressive speed… all in a hurry to get back to the milk processing plant as quickly as possible it seems.  Our van is rocked by the rush of wind generated as they go past us on the little road…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Milk for export? I never imagined it. Great photos.

    Comment by Sartenada — August 17, 2012 @ 5:18 am | Reply

    • Sartenada,
      The milk for export goes out mostly in the form of milk powder… but NZ makes a lot of cheese and other dairy products too. I regularly see little packets of New Zealand butter when we are in Singapore and apparently a lot goes to the Middle East, Japan and throughout Asia too.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 17, 2012 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

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