Waikawa Orchard was planted in 1966 and initially included apples, peaches, nectarines and kiwifruit. The present owner, John Parsons, purchased Waikawa in 1986 then in 1992 married Janet and a partnership was formed. Today’s existing apple varieties were planted from 1984 onwards.
The Waikawa home block is on St Andrews Road near Havelock North and comprises 4.5 hectares. The Parsons also lease a further five parcels of land totalling 8.5 hectares. The orchards have been re-developed so that half the plantings were planted in 2009. John and Janet have also been replacing Braeburn and Granny Smith with other newer varieties.
Waikawa employ up to ten fruit pickers each season and over the years have enjoyed hosting a variety of cultures from around the world. John and Janet have brought up three children on the orchard who have thrived in the outdoor lifestyle.