gene thomas, rainbow station farm manager
Gene joined Rainbow Station in October 2017, he comes to us with a wide knowledge of farming and over 27 years experience in farming. His drive and passion for the South Island High Country and it’s iconic stations has been a turning point for Rainbow Station. Gene’s specialty is mustering and he loves the larger and longer musters that head up the station when stockwork is done on horseback. When Gene isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family, taking his two sons out hunting, watching the kids rugby through winter and is always working and improving his dog team.
Aaron eaton, raglan & Howard valley farm manager
Aaron joined the Raglan Farm in July 2017, he comes to us with previous farm management experience and a passion for farming development which has seen an overall increase in each aspect of the farms productivity and success. Aaron grew up in the area so he has a thorough understanding of the land which makes him an asset to our team. Recently he has taken on management of our Howard Valley Farm also. When he’s not working, which isn’t often, you can find him out fishing, hunting or spending time with his family.
Carl Watters, stock manager - raglan farm
Carl joined us in 2017 and has worked both Rainbow Station and Raglan Farms, before securing his position at Raglan. Carl is full of ambition and drive when it comes to farming and is passionate about everything he does. When Carl isn’t working he likes to let his witty humour run wild and loves going hunting. Unfortunately Carl doesn’t like coriander, but we try not to hold that against him!
Aimee thomas, shepherd - rainbow station
Aimee joined Rainbow Station with her husband Gene in November 2017. She comes to us with a background in teaching but thankfully for us decided to make a change a few years ago and started shepherding. Her drive and resourcefulness makes her a key player to Rainbow Station’s daily operation. When she isn’t busy working and being a mum to their two sons, she spends time training the young working dogs, tramping, fishing and you can often find her out in her amazing garden!
KYRAN OATEN, FARM HAND - RAINBOW STATION
Kyran joined Rainbow Station as a tractor driver and fencer in June 2018, moving up from Dunedin, Otago. He enjoys the challenges that come with farming and the fact that no two days are the same. When Kyran isn’t working he enjoys hunting, fishing and exploring the outdoors.
rainbow station toll gate keepers
Roger, john, bill & Judy
As you travel through Rainbow Road, you will be greeted by a member of our lovely team out there that run the Toll Gate and our new Honey stall. The friendliest bunch you will ever meet!
PHILIP CROPP, OWNER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Philip is a third generation beekeeper and the founder of Nelson Honey and Marketing. Aswell as having a passion for bee’s, Philip also has interests in farming which lead him to Rainbow Station and Raglan Farm. He took over the Lease for Rainbow Station in 2016 with a vision and dream for sustainable and regenerative farming.