Lincoln is Plant & Food Research’s second largest site with approximately 230 staff including seasonal and casual workers.

Our site and facilities

The Lincoln Research Centre has an inclusive atmosphere; tea-time talks, regular end-of-month happy hours, and activities such as lunchtime quizzes contribute to the friendly culture.

The Research Centre is located in Lincoln, Canterbury, a short drive south of Christchurch, very close to Lincoln University. The site is situated in rolling farmland amongst well-established gardens and has a peaceful atmosphere. There is plenty of on-site car parking, and a cafeteria with a large selection of good quality food at reasonable prices, and free coffee/tea-making supplies.

The Lincoln site is part of a wider science campus – other CRIs and companies are on site or across the road, and Lincoln University is nearby. The close proximity to other researchers and organisations facilitates wider collaborations across many different research groups. Being close to Lincoln University allows staff to use some of the services available on the University campus. For example, we have an arrangement with the Lincoln University Recreation Centre that allows staff to join the Recreation Centre at very competitive rates.


Lincoln is a rural town about 20 km from the Christchurch CBD. With Christchurch being so close it is only a short car or bus journey to or from the city. The number 81 bus operates between the city and Lincoln.

The area

Lincoln is a well-developed town that, despite being small and peaceful, has many services, including:

  • A New World supermarket across the road from Plant & Food Research.
  • A range of coffee shops and eateries in Lincoln’s town centre.
  • A local medical centre, an optometrist, two chemists, a dentist, a post office, gift shops and a Westpac bank, so you can conveniently take care of many different errands locally.

Other towns in the Selwyn District only a short distance from Lincoln include Prebbleton, Rolleston, Springston, and Tai Tapu.

The region

Canterbury is the largest region of New Zealand by land area, and the most populous region in the South Island – the second most populous in the country. The largest settlement in Canterbury is Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s biggest cities. Canterbury encompasses the Canterbury Plains, a rich farming and food production area, as well as the surrounding mountains. The west of the region is bounded by the Southern Alps, and so Canterbury is close to the winter sports scene (snowboarding, skiing, etc.) and is a good staging area for hiking and mountaineering.

Akaroa, which is an hour’s drive from Lincoln on Bank’s Peninsula, is a popular tourist destination. Akaroa was a French settlement, and is still rich with that old-world charm. There are many restaurants and boutiques in Akaroa, and you can also swim with the dolphins there. Canterbury is also a wine-growing region, with many boutique wineries. Look out for vineyards in Waipara, north of Christchurch, and to the west of Lincoln in the Selwyn District.

A bit further afield, the alpine lakes are another tourist attraction. You can visit the Church of the Good Shepherd by Lake Tekapo, or take a tour of the nearby Mount John Observatory. To the north, Kaikoura is another major Canterbury tourist destination. From Kaikoura, you can join whale or dolphin tours, or hike to one of several seal colonies. Kaikoura is a great place for day-walks and scenic drives.

Canterbury is an important part of the history of both New Zealand as a British colony, and of the indigenous Māori population. Christchurch was New Zealand’s first city, and was settled in the early 1840s. Early settlers arrived by ship at the port of Lyttelton and climbed over the Port Hills on the Bridle Path to their new lives in Christchurch. Today the Bridle Path is a well-known walking track. Kaiaopi, a short drive north of Christchurch, was once a rich and important trading settlement for the Māori people of Canterbury, the Ngāi Tahu, trading in greenstone.

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