An exciting new venture
We moved to Hawkes Bay during Lockdown in March 2020, and fell in love with the region. Soon after we began to look for a slice of land to call our own.
With two farming backgrounds and a passion for business, we chanced upon a beautiful olive grove and 'Aquiferra'.
After taking over the business in April 2021 we continue to produce high quality olive oils, to supply Hawkes Bay and the rest of NZ.
Aquiferra is a combination of the words 'Aquifer' and 'Terra'. The name has its origin in Latin, and means 'water under the land'. This water is especially important for the Mediterranean climate here in the Hawkes Bay.
In the Ngatarawa triangle region the source of this water is underground. The aquifer feeds the Ngaruroro river, flowing from the Kaweka Ranges to the ocean.
In the early 2000s around 650 olive trees were planted on the home block at Aquiferra. They were meticulously watered and pruned into the specimens they are to this day.
Thanks to some long years and hard work from the previous owners, we now produce around 1600+ litres of olive oil from our home block.
To meet demand we also buy oil from other local groves, of particular varieties such as Frantoio and Koroneiki to help meet demand for our products.