Settled June 2021, this 95.86-hectare former dairy farm has consented water volume for >70 hectares of development. Phase 1 was planted in spring of 2021 with successive developments over the following two to five years. This is a state-of-the-art development combining the avocado industry experience of Darling Group and closely associated thought leaders.
The property is situated on the eastern side of State Highway 1 in a district known as Waiharara. This locality has established an excellent reputation as a quality avocado growing region due to the free-draining sandy soils and the presence of a massive aquifer which lies under the area.
Most of the property is either flat or very easy undulating and the soils are a mix of peat and sand.
The property will be split into effectively three self-sufficient orchards. Each orchard will have its own water supply and shedding infrastructure. Other improvements to the land are recontouring, mounding, extensive artificial shelter, fertigation/irrigation.
There is Resource Consent in place for staged water taking resulting in a total 223,500 m3 (groundwater) plus 53,700 m3 (high flow) per year when the final development has been completed.
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