Demand for hydrangeas enhances life in Te Puna
Live an elevated life in a beautifully upgraded home at the top of the rise of 4.4578 ha. Derive a substantial income from the rows of hydrangeas sloping to the north. It's a workplace good for the soul with rewards to fund the other things you love doing.
You'll be busy from mid-December until May (flat out in February and March) picking blooms in a multitude of colours from 8,500 hydrangea plants thriving under 50% UV shade cloth. The demand from the export and local market make it well worth it when you can net a good annual income and take a few months off each year to relax or wander the world. Of course, there is pruning and maintenance and ensuring the fertigation units are feeding the plants, 2000 of which are in bags to produce a popular pink hue. The 30 avocado trees may also demand a little care and attention; but it's nothing a couple cannot handle with a little help from their friends or casual staff during the peak period. A four-bay shed with workshop and a chiller serve the horticultural enterprise. There is also a chiller belonging to the property (others hired during peak) plus 'the bubble', the ute used to collect the blooms, especially when it's wet. The yards in one corner serve the couple of hillside paddocks where you can graze a few cattle or the family pony.
At the end of a hard and happy day of hydrangeas, where better to relax (after a swim in the kidney shaped pool) than on the wide covered deck gazing through the tree canopy to silhouettes of Mayor island and Mauao on the horizon. The decks extend from lofty open plan living with raked ceilings and lots of double glazing creating the feeling of living in a tree house. The 1970s home's tasteful upgrade included a new Mastercraft kitchen with lawsoniana flooring.
Soak away the day's labour in fully tiled luxury with bifold windows open to the Totara and the Idesia. Wake to the sun rising over Mauao in the main bedroom wing. Guests or teens will enjoy the seclusion of the fourth bedroom which faces the garden behind the double garage. There's also a two room out building by the pool for storage, family play space, possibly conversion for accommodation.
Seventeen years happy hard work has developed this central Te Puna property into an efficiently productive business and a delightful place to work and live.