Te Puke Times

Opotiki production orchard top value for money

- By Cameron Scott

A well set up production orchard now for sale at 31 Clark Cross Rd, occupies one of the top horticultu­ral sites in the Opotiki area, says Bayleys Tauranga rural and horticultu­re specialist, Snow Williams.

The property is for sale for $3,450,000 plus GST (if any) and Snow says at that price, it is very good value for money. The sale also presents an exceptiona­l opportunit­y to purchase 4.9887ha of top horticultu­ral land in a premium location.

Planted with 1.47 ca/ha of G3 and 1.76 ca/ha of Hayward kiwifruit, the land could easily be developed further with a house site, enabling you to build your dream home and enjoy a relaxed rural lifestyle. Alternativ­ely you could increase the Gold kiwifruit plantings, and all going well, reap the rewards of “early start” money. If conditions don’t happen to work out for an early harvest, there’s the assurance that fruit from this property is known to store very well. “Kiwifruit orchards really don’t get much better than this one and the vendor is highly motivated to sell, having reduced the price by a hefty margin,” says Snow. “Ultimately, the vendor’s loss will be the buyer’s gain. “Do the maths on this one, put your own stamp on the property and take advantage of all the potential this deal offers. I believe it will be one of the Bay of Plenty’s best orchards – and it’s priced for a quick sale, and ready for immediate possession.”

Snow says the orchard has been pruned and tied down and some excellent bud wood promises a good crop for the 2023 season.

“It’s a great all-rounder, and with trials of new kiwifruit varieties on the horizon, there will be plenty of options for more developmen­t of this orchard in the future.” New owners could easily add value right away by improving the orchard’s infrastruc­ture, which is presently limited to a double garage in “average” condition, adds Snow.

The property uses County water and needs no irrigation thanks to the area’s beneficial microclima­te. There has also been no need for frost protection in this area.

Opotiki is one of the Bay of Plenty’s most exciting up-and-coming areas, having received a significan­t employment boost from the developmen­t of ocean mussel farming. By 2025 Whakato hea Mussels is expected to have almost 280 jobs available, ranging from production to managerial positions.

The town sits at the northern junction of SH2 and SH35, and as well as being home to a number of businesses serving the kiwifruit industry, has three primary schools and a college. The East Coast is well known for its recreation­al offerings including hunting, fishing, surfing and tramping, and in summer, Opotiki is a popular holiday spot with visitors from around the country.

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