Eighty-three hectares of land at Mt Pisa Station, at the foot of the iconic and picturesque Pisa Range, Central Otago, has been set aside for cherry development by Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP.
The development will send its first cherries to global export markets in 2021-2022. Stage one planting was completed in winter 2019, stage two and the largest planting will be in winter 2020. Depending on the success of the offer, further planting may take place in winter 2021. The trees are set to reach full mature production in the summer of 2025-2026.
The Mt Pisa development will be managed by Hortinvest and includes implementing world-leading orchard practices including frost-fighting windmills and retractable bird nets and establishing and managing a state-of-the-art packhouse equipped with high-tech systems supported by a team with growing, marketing and compliance expertise.
Southern Fruits International LP will provide all packhouse and export services to Deep Creek in relation to this development.