The Redmaynes at Tunnel Hill

My name is Rich and my wife is Suze, our kids Sam, Ruby and Sophie are the 5th generation of the Redmayne family to enjoy our way of life here at “Tunnel Hill”.

Thank you for your interest in Coastal Spring Lamb (CSL) and Coastal Lamb (CL), we are excited to be able to offer you a real connection to your lamb – from our families to yours.

Guided by a passion for the food industry and vision to produce the highest quality lamb, we founded CSL and CL in 2010. We own and run a family farm and work with other like-minded family owned and operated farms on the east and west coasts of New Zealand’s North Island. I feel it is critical that consumers are able to know the true origin of their food – it is exciting to offer this to you.

Over the last few years, we have established Coastal Spring Lamb as New Zealand’s leading branded lamb product. It is sold in New World and Pak n Save supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

It is now possible to buy our premium lamb brands in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

As a family, our favourite way to enjoy lamb is a butterflied leg cooked on the barbecue, rested for 10 minutes and then eaten with friends.

Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb allow our families, to share what we have spent generations perfecting, with you.

Tunnel Hill

‘Tunnel Hill’ is a 1005 ha coastal property with soils ranging from river silt to sand dunes. The main enterprises are Sheep, Beef, Forestry and Maize. The biggest strength of the farm, due mainly to soil type, is the winter and all systems are set up to utilise this.

We run 300 Angus cows mated to Hereford bulls, with all calves sold as weaners. Brewer Farms, one of the families supplying Coastal Spring Lamb have purchased our annual draft of weaner steers for 16 years. Our weaner heifers are purchased for breeding by Waipaoa Station in Gisborne. We in turn annually purchase our replacement heifers from Te Mania Angus Stud in the South Island.

We currently run 3500 ewes and start lambing in June. Our warm coastal location and free draining soils create the perfect environment for early lambing.

We grow 150 ha of maize grain on a mix of sand and alluvial soils. The sand area is irrigated by a centre pivot. Just over 2000 tons of maize grain is produced annually, which is used in the dairy and poultry sectors. Tunnel Hill won the Pioneer Manawatu/Rangitikei Maize Grain Competition in 2011 with a yield of 19.19 tons per hectare.

As part of our environmental plan for Tunnel Hill we are systematically fencing off our erosion prone sand dunes and planting them in pine trees. To date, we have planted 170 ha. The trees provide shelter and shade for the livestock, in addition to the soil stabilisation benefits.

Tunnel Hill aims to be a sustainable, environmentally focused business that delivers a superior product to you, our customer.