A healthy country experience and fun for the family
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.