Productive Avocado Orchard With Immediate Expansion Capacity Placed On The Market For Sale


A productive avocado orchard in the heart of
Whangarei’s foremost avocado growing district has been
placed on the market for sale – with capacity to increase
its production scale by 20 percent.

The 14-hectare
property at Poroti on the western outskirts of Whangarei
sits in a volcanic soil valley which was once a dairy and
beef farming strong-hold, but is now Northland’s most
concentrated conglomeration of avocado orchards due to the
location’s deep fertile volcanic soil base. It is
surrounded by neighbouring properties also planted in
commercial-scale avocado orchards.

The L-shaped
orchard for sale at 232 Simons Road features 12 sheltered
gently sloping contoured blocks planted with 1060 Hass on
Zutano varietal avocado trees planted in 2004 in a
north/south orientation.

Production records from the
orchard over the past four seasons showing the orchard has
harvested between 9,495 trays and 15,584 trays of crop. The
2020/21 harvest forecast is for the orchard to yield 15,100
trays of avocados.

Now the freehold orchard and
supporting infrastructure and buildings at 232 Simons Road
is being marketed for sale at auction on November 11 through
Bayleys Whangarei. Salesperson and horticulture specialist
Vinni Bhula said that at present, 10 hectares of the orchard
was planted in avocados.

“There is a clear
opportunity to further expand production and output from the
orchard – with land currently used for cattle grazing
ready for conversion into avocados,” said
Bhula.

“Using the modern medium to high density
model, new plantings could start producing commercial yields
within 3-4 years from planting.

“Local and
international demand for New Zealand-produced avocados shows
no sign of easing. Fruit grown and picked at the Poroti
orchard is transported to a commercial packhouse located
some 14km from the property, which grades and packs fruit
for both the domestic and export
markets.”

Irrigation on the property is supplied
from the Maungatapere Irrigation Scheme, which allows the
orchard to draw some 3,096 cubic metres of water per annum –
with water circulated across the crop via a sprinkler
system. The Poroti area has an average annual rainfall of
1,500mm, with an average annual temperature of 15.7 degrees
Celsius.

The 12 blocks are enclosed by natural tree
sheltering consisting of mature radiata pine. Some of the
site’s original shelterbelts have been removed to allow
more sunlight onto the avocado trees. Well formed vehicle
access lanes run between the planted rows – with dual
access points off the main road.

“Being in such a
concentrated avocado production location, adjoining
properties around three boundaries of the Simons Road
orchard have their own shelter belts -in effect combining to
create substantial natural barriers against winds from most
directions,” Bhula said.

Bhula said commercial
buildings linked to the Simons Road property and orchard
included:

  • A 120-square metre three-bay shed used
    for picking bin and tree maintenance and crop harvesting
    machinery storage
  • A twin roller-door shed used for
    additional machinery and equipment storage, in addition to
    agri’-chemical storage space

and

  • A
    loading/unloading bay for trucks, along with now dormant
    cattle yards.

Accommodation on the property
consists of a 265-squarre metre four-bedroom/ three-bathroom
home with an office and parking for up to six vehicles. The
home overlooks tiered landscaped lawns and gardens and is
heated by wood-burning fireplace and two heat pumps.

A
full inventory of horticultural equipment and machinery is
included in the land and buildings sale of the Simons Road
property.

“The size of this orchard would enable
either an entry-level owner/operator to take up a position
in New Zealand’s avocado production sector, or would allow
an existing grower with experience to fulfill the
opportunity of expanding the orchard size by developing the
currently vacant land,” Bhula said.

New Zealand has
some 1400 commercial avocado growers – with most
production taking place north of the Bay of Plenty and
delivering crop year-round, with the biggest volumes coming
during the summer months. Government statistics show
avocados are one of largest fresh fruit exports from New
Zealand – ranking up alongside apples and
kiwifruit.

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