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Fruit tastes all that much sweeter when you pick it yourself. Spend an afternoon in the country air and sunshine in Selwyn. Take the family along or chat with friends as you get a taste of the finest fresh berries at one of these local orchards.
Just a short drive from Rolleston, Berries Direct in Weedons is open 9am - 4pm each day for blueberry picking. One of the largest producers of blueberries and gooseberries in the region, their fruit is grown fresh in Canterbury and exported to the world. The lush bushes are loaded with ripe and ready fruit.
Kids are welcome to come along and help with the picking. Blueberries and gooseberries are also available to buy pre-picked fresh or free flow frozen. Cash and Eftpos are available onsite.
You can bring your own container or use the available buckets and eco friendly packaging.
Boyds Blueberries are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the summer. Opening only three days a week means the fruit is sweeter and easier to pick because they have a chance to grow. This is a family owned business with blueberry bushes planted in 1981.
When Andrew Boyd bought the family farm a few years ago, he decided to stop using sprays. This season has been the best crop of blueberries so far. Enjoy the picking from 1200 bushes over two acres in Shands Road.
The orchard is normally open from 10am to 5pm. Check the website before your visit.
Welcoming the public to pick their own fruit since 1993, the Babe family have perfected the art of growing plump, delicious and spray-free blueberries. During the off season, much work is done so that Blueberry Bliss can be opened to locals and visitors alike in summer.
Wander up and down the rows and soak up the quiet country setting. Family groups are welcome here and the Real Fruit Ice cream truck is often onsite for a cool snack.
Bring your own container as the family are working towards zero waste. Check the Facebook page each day to find out the opening hours and weather conditions.
Love picking fresh fruit and vegetables, direct from the source? Selwyn is famous for having some of the best produce in Canterbury.