Karori is situated on the eastern fall of the Great Dividing Range in the south of the New England region. At an altitude of 950-1200metres above sea level, the winter temperature is cool to cold with heavy frosts and occasional snow falls and the summer temperature is temperate. Karori has an annual average rainfall of 950mm.(ranging from 575mm to 1435mm) Approximately 50% of this rainfall occurs from December-March, often falling as heavy mist so, over the summer period, the sheep can be wet for weeks at a time. Also, rain is recorded, on average for about 120 days of the year.As a result, our sheep have been bred to withstand these wet conditions and are highly resistant to fleece rot.
Soil & Pastures
The soil on Karori ranges from a trap soil with a heavy clay base to a light shaley trap with some red loamy soils on the hills. The country has been regularly supered since the mid 1950's and there is an on-going programme of pasture improvement. Karori runs approximately 10-12DSE's per hectare.
Karori is undulating to hilly country at an altitude of 950-1200metres above sea level.