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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 2 (June 1, 1932)

The Orchards

The Orchards.

Here, around Hastings, we are in the land of the fruitgrowers. From the little hills of Havelock North to the pleasantly-named Greenmeadows it is a country of small holdings and of hundreds of good orchards. Hawke's Bay fruitgrowers declare that the crop per tree is heavier than anywhere else in New Zealand. There are about 3500 acres under cultivation as orchards in the district, and as most of the individual areas are small (though there are some very large ones as at Frimley) it is evident that the percentage of the population mainly depend on fruitgrowing for a living is very considerable. The peach, apple and pear orchards are a sight of delight in the spring of the year when the miles of trees are in blossom.

The growing of fruit is often rendered precarious in some parts of New Zealand by suddenly changing climatic conditions, but in well-sunned and mild Hawke's Bay the industry is carried on with generally fortunate results. Wellington City consumes much of the fruit produced in the province; the railway provides the necessary quick transit and careful handling; and Hawke's Bay apples divide with those from Nelson the popularity of New Zealand-grown fruit in the London market.