Our grove tours start with a walk around the grove looking at the olive and hazelnut trees with an explanation of the varieties we grow and why. You will see the olive and hazelnut trees in various stages of development depending on the season.
We demonstrate the use of the Oli Net and the harvesting rakes followed by a demonstration of the Baganut machine which picks up the hazelnuts. Visitors are welcome to be involved in any of the grove tasks such as picking olives or picking up hazelnuts if safe and appropriate and depending on the season. Remember, this is a working farm so there are hazards and care is required by everyone.
Come into our Tasting Room and learn how to taste olive oil like a real sommelier using the cobalt blue glasses sanctioned by the International Olive Oil Council (IOC). Use your newly acquired skills to taste our range of artisan products: Extra virgin olive oil and infused olive oils, vinaigrette, hazelnut oil and dry roasted hazelnuts, thyme honey and dukkah. (The beekeeper brings the bees to our grove when the Central Otago wild thyme is in flower, usually from September to early December).
Tour guests are welcome to walk around the grove, have a picnic under the trees, talk to our chickens, and take a photo with Eevie the sheep.
From Labour Weekend to Easter each year (this year 20 th October 2018 to 20 th April 2019) we sell our products at the Cromwell and Queenstown Farmer’s Markets so there would be no-one at the Grove to conduct a tour on Saturdays and Sundays of those weeks. The Grove is closed to all visitors between 24 th December 2018 to 3 rd of January 2019, for our Christmas, New Year family celebrations.
Tour charge: $NZ60.00 per adult, $NZ10.00 for a child aged 12 – 16 years and no charge for children under 12 years.
Winter Hours: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Summer Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Dunford Grove Lies on the quiet shores of the unbelievably blue Lake Dunstan. We, Jocelyn Robinson and Sandy Black, moved to this stunning spot in May 2015 just in time for harvest. While the first olive trees were planted in 2005 the remaining 450 olives and 400 hazelnuts were planted in 2007. We grow the Italian varietals Leccino, Frantoio and Pendolino – olives best suited to our southern climate.
Often likened to a desert, Central Otago’s extreme weather of very cold winters and hot dry summers provide ideal conditions for growing healthy disease-free trees. Because of this, we are able to practice a spray free regime.