Central Otago is renowned for the rich, flavoursome stonefruits grown in the region. Cold crisp winters, hot dry summers, and a low annual rainfall combined with the rich mineral soils of a former gold-mining area provide the optimum conditions for producing some of the world's best apricots and cherries.

History

Three generations of Orchardists in the Central Otago region dating back to the late 1800’s, the Jackson family has a solid background of knowledge and experience in producing some of the best stone and pip fruits in New Zealand.
 
 

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Orchard

Jackson Orchards grow many varieties of cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, greengages, apples and pears during their season from November to April. The fruit is picked and packed in their own Packhouse, graded and packed for local NZ and Overseas markets plus their own well stocked Fruit Stall.

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Team

A family run Orchard we are proud of our loyal band of employees, totalling 100 at the height of the summer season. Like our home-grown produce, our 10 full time personnel are from the Cromwell district.
 
 
 

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History

Three generations of Orchardists in the Central Otago region dating back to the late 1800’s, the Jackson family has a solid background of knowledge and experience in producing some of the best stone and pip fruits in New Zealand.

Owner of Jackson Orchards, Kevin Jackson bought the historic 30ha property near Cromwell on State Highway 6 in 1989 after his Cromwell Gorge based Orchard was submerged under metres of water as part of the huge Clyde Dam Hydro-Electric Project.

The first settler in the district, Jackson Barry, who became the first Mayor of Cromwell, built the Orchard’s original homestead in 1863. The house is still standing and having undergone a few alterations is home to one of the Jackson family members, including a younger generation already being groomed for a life filled with fruitfulness.

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Orchard

Jackson Orchards grow many varieties of cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, greengages, apples and pears during their season from November to April. The fruit is picked and packed in their own Packhouse, graded and packed for local NZ and Overseas markets plus their own well stocked Fruit Stall.

Our roadside Fruit Stall is in a prime position, fully laden with fresh fruit, vegetables, dried fruit & nuts, preserves, honey, drinks and fresh fruit ice cream. Plenty of parking, lovely picnic areas and clean toilets.

There can be nothing more enticing to the senses than the sight of a fruit tree whose branches are full of sun kissed fruit, ripe and ready for picking.

Once picking is over the Autumn weather turns the leaves to beautiful gold, red and yellow tints a most spectacular time to visit for keen photographers.

The trees shed their leaves and the pruning begins, think of our permanent staff out in the bitterly cold Central Otago winters pruning each and every tree on the Orchard.

But soon enough the warmth of Spring makes the buds swell and open into pink and white blossoms creating picture perfect and the promise of good things to come.

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Team

A family run Orchard we are proud of our loyal band of employees, totalling 100 at the height of the summer season. Like our home-grown produce, our 10 full time personnel are from the Cromwell district.

Most of our seasonal workers are University students and backpackers from around the world. Everyone gets into the routine. There is only one sure thing when you work with nature, every day is different.

From the growers, through the pickers, graders and packers, all of us at Jackson Orchards are dedicated to bringing you the best stone and pip fruits New Zealand has to offer.

Kevin Jackson, Owner/Operator

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