A healthy coun­try ex­pe­ri­ence and fun for the fam­ily

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Do you like blue­ber­ries? Who doesn’t!

Whether you’re fa­mil­iar with the ex­ten­sive health ben­e­fits blue­ber­ries have to of­fer, or you just love the taste, now you can pick your own fruit at Blue­berry Coun­try, New Zealand’s largest blue­berry or­chard.

Lo­cated near Ngatea, just an hour’s drive from Auck­land’s CBD, Blue­berry Coun­try is a com­mer­cial grower, sup­ply­ing berries to su­per­mar­kets in New Zealand and over­seas.

A trip to Blue­berry Coun­try is not only a great idea for a fam­ily day out, it is also an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate some of the health ben­e­fits blue­ber­ries have to of­fer.

Thanks to their high level of an­tiox­i­dants, blue­ber­ries are a su­per fruit and well known for their health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing an­ti­age­ing, brain health, eye­sight and preven­tion of some can­cers. Blue­ber­ries are also low in su­gar and low in carbs.

There is noth­ing bet­ter than tast­ing freshly picked berries, so from De­cem­ber to March, Blue­berry Coun­try opens more that 160 hectares of blue­berry filled bushes to the pub­lic ev­ery­day from 8am to 6pm, where you and your fam­ily are wel­come to pick away till your heart and taste buds are con­tent.

Di­rec­tor Greg Fur­niss says: ‘‘It is our aim to give the best pick­ing to the pub­lic.

‘‘We want more peo­ple to en­joy blue­ber­ries and the dif­fer­ences be­tween the va­ri­eties.’’

The tran­quil en­vi­rons of the Ngatea area wel­come change from the Auck­land traf­fic, and there is even a cafe in the or­chard, where you can en­joy its blue­berry ice-cream. It also has drinks and light meals, but you are wel­come to bring a pic­nic ham­per and um­brella.

And if the in­ner farmer in you wants to trans­plant some of the ex­pe­ri­ence back home, it of­fers a se­lec­tion of plants from the nurs­ery along with fer­tiliser, peat soil and bird net­ting cov­ers.

Blue won­der: Blue­ber­ries are not just su­per de­li­cious, but are healthy too.

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