The Rangihoua Story
Rangihoua Estate was founded by Anne Stanimiroff and Colin Sayles. The initial inspiration for the business had come when Stephen White, owner of Stonyridge Vineyard, challenged them to make olive oil – initially, from the Stonyridge olives.
In April 1997 the inaugural harvest began and the first olive oil was made on Waiheke Island by Rangihoua Estate. The resulting oil was green, herbaceous and peppery = perfect!
Rangihoua have continued to produce outstanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil of international acclaim. Rangihoua now manages 80% of the groves on Waiheke Island. In 2013 Rangihoua Estate was ranked ‘Best 20 in the World’ by Flos Olei – The Italian Guide to the World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Every year both International and National Gold medals have been awarded to their Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
Rangihoua operates tours & tastings all year round concentrating on educating the public on how olive oil is made, what makes it Extra Virgin, the way it enhances food and the enormous health benefits. Visitors become part of their ever growing following of fans who order online.
Our mission at Rangihoua is to educate and inspire everyone to live a lifestyle filled with the best EVOO (and we produce it!).
Call us now to arrange a visit and enjoy a tasting or order some of our olive oils online.
The Legend Of Rangihoua
New Zealand was settled by the Maori people way back in the 1200s, and many place names in New Zealand are named after significant events in history. The name Rangihoua means ‘The Day of Renewal’ and is the name of the land where the main Olive Grove of 1000 trees is planted and where the Frantoio tasting room is situated. Approximately 600 years ago the Maori canoe called ‘Te Arawa’ landed at the coastal inlet below the Rangihoua mountain for rest and repairs at the end of her migratory voyage. Here she was relished, hence the name ‘the day of renewal’ before the canoe carried on in its voyage to the Coromandel Peninsula.
About Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is a small island situated in the Hauraki Gulf of the coast of Auckland. Waiheke is 93.2 square kilometres in area and has 128 km of coastline. It is a relatively undeveloped Island, with approximately 9000 permanent residents, and has become one of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations.
Waiheke has been described as a little Mediterranean jewel nestled in the Hauraki Gulf, 19 km from Auckland City. Surprisingly it is on average two or three degrees warmer than Auckland, and has about 30% less rainfall. These factors make it perfect for the olives and grapes alike. With it’s unique micro-climate it has a long, dry, hot summer essential for ripening olives.