A Balanced Business of Fruit and Flowers
• 10.2 hectares mainly in a sheltered fertile valley
• Six minutes outside Te Puke township
• Facilities well set up and machinery included
• Three-bedroom home in relaxed country garden
• .89 ca ha kiwifruit plus export hydrangeas
A carefully nurtured combination of kiwifruit and hydrangeas with near equal income from each.
This is a business which can be effectively managed by a couple who will appreciate that when its off season for kiwifruit it's full on for flowers. The work and the financial rewards are spread evenly over the year.
Over 40 years of kiwifruit expertise is evident in the expertly husbanded and immaculately presented .89 ca ha of Hayward kiwifruit on agbeam pergola. This year's estimated crop is expected to be 9,000 trays with an average fruit size of 30 according to Trevelyans packhouse estimates. The block is naturally sheltered but with enough fall that the crop has never been frosted.
The hydrangeas create a riot of colour (over ten different hues), all in lines under shade cloth. Computerised fertigation feeds the bagged plants four times a day. Picking season is mid- December till May with the majority of the flowers heading for Japan or U.S.A. The systems are set up, the export relationships cemented. Stems are prepared in the double garage outside the house near the cool rooms which keep them in perfect condition for twice weekly departure to the market. Over the last four years, hydrangea income has averaged $45,000 gross.
There's still scope on this 10.2 hectare property for at least one more hectare of horticulture; it would be ideal for avocados, plus some grazing.
The light airy home nestles in a relaxed country garden overlooking the valley. In the corner is a three-bay shed housing the tractor, sprayer and mower which go with the property. A perfect setup with all the facilities and machinery you need to continue to reap the benefits.