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 is still managed as a working orchard by Mary and husband Murray although Mary also has an off property job – coordinating volunteer patient services for the local Hospice. Mary’s parents, Anne and David Austin, left the orchard several years ago and moved into town. Kereru House is their previous home which has been completely refurbished. 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 aim to keep it well stocked for our guests and our own use. Nearby trees of quinces, persimmons, plums, citrus varieties and of course apples are all available in season for our guests to help themselves.
Aztec is a highly coloured sub variety of Fuji which Murray discovered on the orchard some years ago. The variety has proved very popular in America and Europe with trees sold in several different countries.
Guests are most welcome to walk around our orchard and will enjoy taking photos of 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.