This orchard property was purchased by Mary’s great grandfather in 1910. It was among the first apple orchards to be planted in this area, commonly referred to by locals as “The Bluffs” or “Moutere”. “Moutere clay” was and still is, well known for producing quality apples.
The property no longer exports fruit but there is still a large block of producing apple trees. It is managed by Murray and Mary although Mary also has an off property job. Kereru House was the home of Mary’s late parents, David and Anne Austin. It was Anne’s hard work and inspiration that created the stunning garden around Kereru House – we are trying our best to maintain it up to her high standards!
We have also retained Anne and David’s enclosed vegetable garden and keep it well stocked for tenants and our own use. Nearby trees of quinces, persimmons, plums, citrus varieties and of course apples are all available in season for our tenants to help themselves.
We hope tenants will enjoy walking around our orchard and interacting with our Highland Cattle. These are mid-sized to small animals that enjoy having their photos taken and love being hand fed oranges and apples. Our other four footed resident is our dog Coco who we adopted after she was found abandoned.