World class cherries grown in the heart of New Zealand

Pongs Creek orchard
THE ORCHARD

Pongs Creek Orchard is situated in Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand. It is bounded by the Pisa Mountains to the west, and the Clutha... read more >

Pongs Creek industry
THE INDUSTRY

The industry can be accurately described as “boutique”. Orchards are small in size and often managed by owner operators who employ part time staff and... read more >

Pongs Creek product
THE PRODUCT

New Zealand cherries are large with a distinctive flavour and rich colour. Cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They contain significant levels... read more >

Pongs Creek packing
PACKING & DISTRIBUTION

Once the fruit has been picked it is transported immediately to the packhouse where it is hydro cooled with pure cold Central Otago water... read more >

Pongs Creek export
EXPORT

The New Zealand cherry export season is short, running from early January to mid February. Pongs Creek Cherries can make arrangements for the efficient export of New Zealand cherries... read more >

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GET IN TOUCH

If you want to find out more, send us a message and we’ll get back to you within 48hrs... read more >


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THE INDUSTRY


The New Zealand cherry harvest is approximately 5,000 tonne per annum, of which 3,000/4,000 tonne is exported, primarily to Asia.


The industry can be accurately described as “boutique”. Orchards are small in size and often managed by owner operators who employ part time staff and contract labour during times of high activity. The predominant cherry growing region in New Zealand is Central Otago, located in the South Island, at a latitude of approximately 45 degrees south. The climate in Central Otago is temperate, with cold winters, a short hot summer and very low humidity. With 16 hours of sunlight daily and a large diurnal temperature range Central Otago cherries have a high concentration of sugars, firm flesh and dark red colour. 

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PACKING & DISTRIBUTION


Once the fruit has been picked it is transported immediately to the packhouse where it is hydro cooled with pure cold Central Otago water.


Hydro cooling ensures the fruit retains freshness and flavor, and maximizes the storage potential. The water contains a chlorine based sanitizer (concentration 5 parts per million). This is the only treatment the fruit is subject to during the quality control and packing process, ensuring the cherries arrive at market in the same condition in which they came off the tree. The fruit is packed into 1kg, 2kg, or 5kg boxes and enclosed in a polyliner which modifies the gas atmosphere and reduces water loss. The cherries are readied for dispatch a matter of hours after harvest. Once packed the cherries are kept at a constant temperature and with minimal handling, the fruit will remain in excellent condition for some weeks.

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Autumn

May 16, 2017


Winter has arrived in Central Otago. Overnight temperatures have dropped below zero, and there is snow on the mountain tops.

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Spring

Sep 26, 2016


It is early spring in New Zealand. The buds have greened, and the trees will be in full bloom within the next two weeks.

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GET IN TOUCH

If you want to find out more, send us a message and we’ll get back to you within 48hrs