Productive avocado orchard with commercially managed tourist accommodation brought to market for sale
A productive avocado orchard in the heart of Northland’s premier avocado growing district has been brought to market for sale – with the capacity to dramatically increase its scale of production.
The 15-hectare property is located in Waiharara near 90-Mile Beach in the Far North – which is quickly becoming a regional avocado production center due to its climate, outline and free-draining soils.
Located some 40 kilometers north of Kaitaia, the generally rectangular-shaped orchard for sale at 101 Turk Valley Road consists of nine sheltered and profiled blocks, three of which are now in full production.
Orchard production records show that the orchard has been relatively constant with an average of 12,000 trays over the past four seasons. Mature trees are Hass on Zutano rootstock, while younger trees are Hass on Dusa and Hass on Bounty clonal rootstocks.
The freehold orchard and supporting infrastructure and buildings at 101 Turk Valley Road are now up for auction on August 18 through Bayleys Whangarei. Vendor and horticulturalist Vinni Bhula said the current growing orchard was part of what was once a larger farm that was subdivided and specifically set up for growing avocados around 16 years ago.
“The flat-contoured property with sprinkler emitters on all blocks includes 8.65 hectares of plantations – comprising 1,340 established producer trees and 1,690 saplings that will come into production over the next two to three years,” said Bhula.
“Once the orchard is in full swing, production should be between 25,000 and 30,000 trays per year.
“Pollinating trees are planted in the blocks which have sandy soils over a layer of topsoil of about one meter. Open drains allow excess water to drain from the root areas.
“There is a clear opportunity to further expand production and production from the orchard – with some 2.5 hectares of land previously used for cattle grazing, now ready to be converted into avocados that could start producing commercial yields in the region. three to four years after planting.
“Two blocks are already in the process of being planted – with the ground contoured and the tail broken for the start of this process under the new owners regime if this is a path they wish to take.”
Bhula said the orchard could be managed either under management or by an owner-operator. Commercial buildings associated with the Turk Valley Road property and orchard included:
- A 162 square meter four bay tool shed and workshop – with a garage attached to the side – used for tree maintenance and storage of harvesting machinery
- A half-round barn
- An irrigation and fertigation shed, as well as a separate storage shed for agricultural chemicals
- A 20ft container used for storage
Accommodation on the property consists of a modern, tidy two-bedroom solar-powered house – often rented out to short-term guests through Airbnb – and an owner-manager or guesthouse residence. a separate and modern one-bedroom worker. Each accommodation has its own water tank.
Extensive catalog of horticultural equipment and machinery included in the sale of land and buildings of Turk Valley Road property includes New Holland orchard tractor, Massey Ferguson tractor with 500 liter sprayer, four wheel ute power units, a quad, fertilizer spreader, three ride-on mowers, a chipper and fruit pickers and cutters.
Irrigation on the property is provided from a recently improved borehole – with an automated irrigation and fertirrigation system. The locality of Waiharara has an average annual rainfall of 1,500 mm, with an average annual temperature of 15.7 degrees Celsius.
The nine blocks are surrounded by natural shelters for the trees, with well-formed vehicle access tracks between the separate parts and the rows planted to allow mowing, tree maintenance and harvesting of crops.
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