Our Berries


At Piopio Berry Orchard we grow strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Which means we can offer tasty Piopio Orchard berries from late October right through till April!

Strawberries

Strawberries

Every winter we replant our strawberry plants. We predominantly grow the Camarosa variety, which seems to thrive in the Piopio Mairoa Ash soil.

Our season: late October to early March

Nutrition

It is difficult to believe that something as delicious as strawberries can also be filled with nutrients. Strawberries are a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.


Blueberries

Blueberries

We grow a range of varieties in our orchard, which means we can harvest continuously from December to April. Blueberries seem to thrive on Piopio’s regular rainfall, cool winters and warm summer days. The majority of our blueberries are handpicked, but to keep up with demand in the peak of the season we machine pick, to ensure we have blueberries in-store every day and no one misses out.

Nutrition

Blueberries are nature's antioxidant powerhouse and contain higher antioxidant levels than just about every other fruit and vegetable. Antioxidants prevent cell damage that occurs from every day wear and tear. It is believed a diet high in antioxidants helps avoid such health problems as cancers and heart disease. It also promotes good eyesight, urinary tract health and brain function. Often referred to as 'brain berries', several leading scientists suggest eating half a cup of blueberries a day to protect and promote brain function. Recent findings have also indicated that blueberries can assist in stabilising blood sugars, which makes them useful for diabetics.

Our season: December to April


Raspberries

Raspberries

We grow the Old Fashioned Summer and Autumn varieties. Raspberries are very sensitive berries which is why they can be hard to come across fresh. They are tricky to grow and as they have a short shelf life, lots of retailers are reluctant to sell them. To ensure our customers get the best raspberries we only sell raspberries that are picked that same day. Anything we have left at the end of the day goes straight into the freezer.

Raspberries like cold winters, and they don’t like dry summers where weeds can take over. To protect these precious berries, we hand weed around our raspberries plants.

Our season: December to April

About us

Piopio Berry Orchard is a 13 hectare orchard consisting of 2 hectares of strawberry plants, 6 hectares of blueberries, 1.5 hectares of raspberries, some cows, calves, sheep, rabbits, many, many birds and our dogs, Syd and Nellie.

Visit us in Piopio

With berry ice cream for the kids, coffee for the grown-ups, plenty of parking, a playground and grass for the dogs – Piopio Berry Orchard is the perfect place for a pit stop. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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