What screams summer more than fresh fruit? Picking it yourself! So we decided to compile a list of some great fruit picking spots in Selwyn.
Otahuna Berries (The Raspberry Cafe)
Rhodes Road, Tai Tapu
Otahuna Berries is located beside the Raspberry Cafe (who, FYI, have great donuts). Around Christmas they have queues of people in the early hours of Christmas eve eagerly waiting to purchase their berry fix for Christmas. On offer for picking is raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. They aim to have picking begin from the 27th of December but depends on quality and timing of the crop. Not only are their berries delicious but they are also spray free so there is no nasties on your berries!
475 Robinsons Road, Broadfield
With over 20 years in the pick your own (PYO) market, these guys have a great knowledge and experience in the industry. The team at Blueberry Bliss love meeting new people from different regions and have many relationships with Cafes that come to collect their own fresh blueberries. This spray free orchard also sells their blueberries at the Christchurch market.
Check here as they update daily with their PYO opening times – but usually this is 10am – 5pm 7 days a week! There are cash and eftpos (but no credit card) payment options.
West Melton Cherry Farm
131 Melton Grange Road, West Melton
Canterbury’s largest cherry orchard! The season runs for approximately 6 weeks over December and January, while also attending local famers markets such as the Lyttleton Market and the Riccarton Rotary Market. They supply their cherries to local businesses and individuals as well as taking orders from firms for a few kilos to over a hundred kilos!! Not only do the West Melton Cherry Farm have PYO cherry picking but also offer this service for peaches and nectarines in Febuary. Check here for opening hours for peaches and nectarines!
Gary & Lyndas Pear Orchard
1127 Shands Road, Broadfield
We’ve even got you covered for some Autumn months fruit picking with Gary & Lyndas Pear Orchard.
They are open in the months of March and April and an extra bonus is they only use natural growing practices.
Bring your own bucket or bags and a group of friends to pick some pears on a warm autumn day!
828 Shands Road, Prebbleton
Judy and Peter keep their page updated weekly with their opening times, check it out here! Theirs the option to bring your own bucket otherwise they supply buckets to be used and plastic bags to take your berries home. Open in season 10am – 5pm, cash only.