Kaipara Oysters

With a large, deep-cupped shell, our New Zealand oysters have an aroma and flavor that encapsulates the pristine Kaipara Harbour waters:
the smell of fresh ocean spray accompanied by a creamy-textured meat that has notes of citrus and a fresh cucumber finish.

Oysterology Details

Harvest Locations
Kaipara Harbour -- Northland, New Zealand

Size and Availability
2.5 inches | Spring

Flavor Profile
Gentle yet intense brine with soft, creamy meats and a watermelon rind finish

Flavor Influenced By 

  • Salinity: 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Strong 5 knot currents and huge tidal flushing each day
  • Bottom Makeup: Ancient drowned river valley bottom composed of sand and silt

Growout Method
Hatchery seed is suspended on long lines in Seapa Baskets. The baskets float and sink as the tide lifts and falls each day, creating a naturally tumbled oyster.

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From the Grower

My passion for oysters started when I was a small boy. You could say it’s in my blood. I was born into a family-owned and operated oyster farm. My father is an acclaimed oyster farmer and the infrastructure we have laid down together will support many generations to come.

At university I studied winemaking and viticulture, which taught me to treasure New Zealand’s incomparable environment and the wondrous things it can produce if it’s treated with the respect and care it warrants. And when you think about it, good wine and good oysters are not worlds apart. Both need respectful farmers and appreciative audiences.

The rewards are immeasurable. Not a day passes when I’m not astounded by what we have achieved in Kaipara Harbour. You are about to enjoy the fruits of a pioneering oyster farm – one that has set new standards in aquaculture practices to create what I believe is the most sustainable and best-eating oyster you will ever have.

Come share with us the Kaipara experience, I’m certain you will enjoy it.

Dan Dollimore
Kaipara Oysters

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