Orchard has top returns, and a four-bedroom home
By C Scott
This well-located 2.67ha Aongatete property features a top quality Gold 3 orchard combined with a lovely residence set within beautiful park-like grounds. It’s planted with 1.49 hectares of Gold 3 variety under licence and productive areas consist of 1.0 ha. of mature vines plus .49ha of plants which are two years off graft and now in full canopy. An excellent 2021 season produced 19,000 trays /ha from the mature area. Historical production demonstrates an early harvest history. The orchard has been established into a strip male layout which is ideal for top pollination and efficient vine management. All the structures are top quality and the orchard is fully irrigated and frost-protected. The orchard has been fully pruned, tied down and mulched, ready for the next season to begin. A large five-bay steel shed with concrete floor and 3-phase power and water is located to the front of the property and will be very useful for storage of orchard machinery, plus a boat or caravan. Designed for easy living, the 240sqm home has four bedrooms plus an office and comes with a modern kitchen complete with a very handy scullery The living area is spacious and generous outdoor deck areas extend that space even further in summer. The home is well featured and in excellent condition and is set within a beautiful landscaped environment featuring mature trees and welldesigned gardens. This property presents an attractive combination of a high quality living environment alongside a solid incomeproducing asset. As a bonus, there’s further growth to be had from the existing new planting of Gold kiwifruit. Marketing of the property is being handled by rural specialist Jeff and Brad Barbour of Colliers International NZ Ltd. Brad says the orchard would make a great investment, even for those who aren’t experienced in the kiwifruit industry. “Effective management of the orchard can be easily achieved through the continuation of the current management structure, or as an owner-operator,” he says. Gold kiwifruit has certainly been living up to its name in recent years, and the enviable returns have meant orchards planted in G3 fruit continue to be in big demand. Aongatete is an excellent and well-proven location for growing kiwifruit – and that’s not just because of the beneficial climate and soils. Some of the district’s leading packhouses are nearby and there is no shortage of support for all aspects of running a successful orchard. This area is also a great place to bring up a family, being a short distance from the coast and an easy 11-minute drive from the thriving horticultural centre of Katikati. All levels of schooling are available in in the town and as well as a number of businesses servicing the horticultural industry, there is a good selection of shops and cafes.