Te Mata Orchards

Ian Kiddle

Ian is a second generation orchardist from Havelock North who grows a great range of amazingly sweet and juicy organic plums, as well as apples and pears to boot. He converted his father Ken’s orchard to organics back in 1999 as he didn’t like using sprays around his family and he has never looked back. His plum orchard has every plum variety under the sun, from old fashioned Purple King and large and juicy Fortune, to Ian’s own breed – Te Mata Gold. His plums come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are sweet as and enjoyed by everyone who tries them, including his sheep!