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Regional Fruit Farming Guide

30-Apr-2013 | Contributed by: Jamie Small

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New Zealand's diverse landscape means that different fruit can be grown in different parts of the country.

New Zealand is a great place to grow many kinds of fruit. The diversity of climate and landscape means that we can grow fruits from all over the world. But with all that diversity, it is important to know which fruits will grow well in which areas.

Fruit to grow in Northland

The subtropical climate in Northland is great for growing fruits from warm countries. Just about any kind of NZ fruit will grow here, but for some varieties, such as stonefruit, warmth and humidity will hinder production. It is possible to grow tropical fruits such as mangoes and pineapples, though this could prove difficult. Try these:

  • Avocados 
  • Bananas 
  • Feijoas 
  • Figs 
  • Lemons 
  • Limes 
  • Olives 
  • Oranges 
  • Passionfruit

Fruit to grow in Waikato/Bay of Plenty

There is a large variety of climate in this area. Central Waikato is great for apples, pears and berries. The BOP area is well known for kiwifruit orchards. Due to frosts, the central plateau isn’t suitable for most fruit growing operations, though many people maintain fruit trees for household consumption.

  • Apples 
  • Avocadoes 
  • Blueberries 
  • Feijoas 
  • Kiwifruit 
  • Pears 
  • Strawberries

Fruit to grow in the Lower North Island

The Taranaki area has similar growing conditions to the Waikato. However the dry climate of Hawkes Bay offers great opportunity to grow grapes. Grapes are also grown successfully in the Wairarapa.

  • Apples 
  • Avocados 
  • Grapes 
  • Kiwifruit 
  • Lemons 
  • Limes 
  • Peaches 
  • Pears 
  • Plums 
  • Squash

Fruit to grow in the South Island

The South Island is a large and diverse area. Marlborough, Nelson and Otago are the main fruit growing areas. All three are known for hot summers, cold winters and relatively low rainfall. Stonefruit, cherries and grapes grow very well here.

  • Apricots 
  • Cherries 
  • Grapes 
  • Nectarines 
  • Peaches 
  • Plums

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