The big cheese of Lichfield - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lichfield

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Lichfield in the Video tab.

The southern hemisphere’s biggest cheese factory is in the small Waikato town of Lichfield. Owned by the Fonterra dairy co-operative – New Zealand’s largest company, responsible for a third of the world’s international dairy trade – the Lichfield factory is the much larger descendant of the many small dairy factories that once dotted the New Zealand countryside.

Related web links:
Dairy factories in the 20th and 21st centuries
Dairying and dairy products
Waikato region: farming
Fonterra dairy factories

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit 

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