There are several field trips planned, plus plenty of time for socialising. We also hope to set up some working groups so that members can share their experience and expertise in the issues that interest them most, without the commitment of joining the committee.
For the orchard visits, we do strongly advise you bring a pair of gumboots as some orchards are showing the signs of wet weather already. We will have printed maps available on Saturday morning, as well as knowledgeable locals to follow.
To help us confirm arrangements for the dinner and lunches, please can you let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending, and any particular dietary requirements.
From 7.00 pm meet at the Dodson Street Beer Garden, (1 Dodson St, Mayfield, Blenheim – beside Landsdowne Park) for drinks and dinner. Conveniently located only a few minutes’ walk from the Grove Park Motel for those who book in there.
Grove Park are offering studio units for $138 per night and 2 bedroom units $185. https://www.grovepark.co.nz/
9.00 am Meet at Uncle Joes (Jenny & Malcolm Horwell). 39 Rowley Cres, Grovetown, Blenheim
From here, we’ll head to the Pinoli pinenut factory north of Wairau Village. The drive takes 45 mins, so would be good to carpool to save some petrol and allow us to talk to each other on the way! We’ll also be distributing maps to help you navigate through the rest of the weekend.
9.45am Pinoli factory and orchard tour. 3582 Waihopai Valley Rd
Pinoli is a pinenut facility, and this is a chance for us to look at how a few people have taken an idea into a leading industry. Lots to see and learn from. They will be harvesting pine nuts while we’re there.
A light lunch will be provided at Pinoli before we leave.
12.30 pm leave Pinoli, 45 min drive to…
1.15 pm Nutt Ranch orchard, Tyntesfield Rd, Waihopai valley
Keith Hair and Georgina Ponder have owned Nutt Ranch for the last three years. The orchard was originally set up in the late 1990’s.
2.15 pm return to Blenheim (30 mins)
2.45 pm tea/coffee at Whitney Street School Hall, Percy St., Blenheim
3.00-5.00 pm AGM & discussion groups (please see newsletter for Annual General Meeting Notice)
7.00 pm dinner at Dodson’s restaurant (1 Dodson Street, Blenheim) http://www.dodsonstreet.co.nz/
9.00 am meet at Uncle Joe’s. Drive to…
9.30 am Hokianga hazelnut orchard, 605 SH 1, Korimiko
Claire and Vaughan Hokianga have owned this property for 3 years. This is an interesting small orchard planted on a slope in clay, the hazels were planted in 2001. They also have an interesting native tree block including kauri.
10.15 am Travel to Norton hazelnut orchard, 86 Battys Rd, Blenheim
Phil and Ann Norton established this orchard of tablenut varieties in 1992. Primarily Ennis and MDB but various other varieties are also included.
11.00 am return to Uncle Joe's for orchard visit and factory tour.
Programme ends with lunch here (supplied), although those people who are able to stay to continue the working group discussions are welcome to do so.