We’re Willie and Susan Macdonald and family. We bought Middlehurst from the Stevenson family in 1998 and moved here with our children Sophie, Henry, Lucy and Skye. We’re both high country people. Willie was brought up at The Key, Te Anau. Susan was brought up at Halfway Bay near Queenstown. Together, we managed Cecil Peak and Mt Nicholas stations before moving north.

Our aim is to establish a sustainable, productive family farming business. We want to make sure high country traditions are maintained and passed on – and to have fun while we’re doing it. We’re up for a challenge and love the diversity of what’s possible here. Building our merino stud has been especially rewarding and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to transform the genetics of our flock to create a distinctive type ideally suited to New Zealand environments and markets. We will keep raising the bar.

Winner New Zealand High Country Farmers of the Year Award, 2004