Ardgour Valley Orchards

Location: Tarras, Central Otago

Land: 38 Hectares

Elevation: 420m

Ardgour Valley Orchards spans 38 hectares within Ardgour Station, Tarras – a sheep and beef property owned and operated by the Jolly family since 1955.

Project start date

2020

Orchard reaches maturity

2024

Ardgour Valley orchards planting team
Plastic sleeves on young apricot trees ensure stability and protect them from the elements.
Spring is a spectacular time of year in the orchard as thousands of trees burst into blossom.
Beautiful pink apricot flowers appear about three weeks ahead of fruit setting.
Three varieties of apricots ripen at different times between December and February.

Specialty apricot varieties especially bred for New Zealand conditions by Plant and Food Research, Central Otago are growing here.

15,200

Cherry trees planted

15,000

Apricot trees planted

27,000

Kgs of fruit harvested annually

Varieties planted at Ardgour Valley orchard

Red and white-fleshed cherries

Proven varieties of cherries complement the product line-up.

Growing exciting summer apricots

It took more than 20 years of research and breeding to develop the three apricots now growing at Ardgour Valley Orchards and highly anticipated by apricot lovers the world over.

It took more than 20 years of research and breeding to develop the three apricots now growing at Ardgour Valley Orchards and highly anticipated by apricot lovers the world over.

Diversifying into horticulture

Ardgour Valley Orchards is set within traditional sheep and beef property, Ardgour Station. It came about following the Jolly family’s desire to diversify into horticulture.

Our apricot and cherry team

Led by Christie Kirk, centre, our Ardgour Valley orchard team is responsible for nurturing and overseeing the harvest of every tree in the orchard. Many of our team members were involved in the first planting.