Mamaku Blue's Story
Harry and Anne planted their first blueberry blocks in 1982 and, during the 1980s, were one of perhaps 18 growers in the Rotorua area registered to produce export fruit. Today, they are the only ones left.
Snuggled into the side of the 'Puku', one of the famous Mamaku land formations, a little way out of the historic timber village of Mamaku sits the Mamaku Blue Blueberry Farm, Orchard & Winery, the only winery in the Rotorua district.
Today it produces award-winning fruit wines for local and international markets; it’s a hobby that has grown into an amazingly successful business. As well the blueberry farm, the complex is also home to the Blueberry café, where delicious food, desserts, and of course real fruit ice-creams are served daily.
The farm is now also home to son Phillip, his wife, Michaela, and their three children. A black cat called Blackie, ensures the smooth running of day-to-day matters!
Blueberry farming has become a family enterprise, a great place to work and play. It is a passion that drives the family to continuously strive for more innovative ways to farm, keeping sustainability at the forefront of everything they do and produce.