Our Olive Estate

We are Charlie and Gayle Pancerzewski, life-long residents of the American Pacific Northwest, Washington State. Charlie retired after a long and successful

Charlie Pancerzewski Map showing location of Far North olive grove career as a partner in a large international accounting firm after which he established and managed Microsoft’s internal audit department. He also served twice as a City of Mukilteo, Washington Councilman and served as a member and long-time Chairman of Mukilteo’s Board of Adjustment.

New Zealand had always been one of our favorite destinations. After many holiday trips from America, we purchased property in the Far North of New Zealand in 1996. In 2000, after extensive varietal research and soil preparation, we planted 1,400 olive trees on 10 hectares (25 acres) at Tokerau Beach, in Doubtless Bay on the Karikari Peninsula, about 35 kilometers (23 miles) from Kaitaia. Our olive grove is in the heart of what is well known in New Zealand as the “Far North," the origin of our brand trade mark – Far North New Zealand Olive Oil. The map of New Zealand on our label helps you see how close we are to the very northern tip, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea at Cape Reinga.

Tokerau Beach, north New Zealand home of the Pancerzewski's

Tokerau Beach

With the beach only steps away, our grove has sandy soil at the front that transitions to a heavy peat soil in most of the grove. A high water table under our soil feeds the trees and no irrigation is required. Being closer to the equator means we don’t have freezing weather and our olives are ready to harvest many weeks before olives in other New Zealand areas. We harvest our Leccino mid April, with the other two varieties following soon thereafter.

Puget Sound as seen from Mukilteo

Puget Sound

We split our time between our house at Rangiputa, a few minutes from our olive Estate at Tokerau Beach, and our house overlooking Puget Sound in Mukilteo.

The Everett, Washington (USA) daily Herald newspaper chronicled our rather unique international undertaking on June 19, 2008. Their article was titled “A Northwest Rarity, Olive Oil, grown by a Mukilteo couple in their New Zealand grove”. Like any article written from an interview, it does have a few technical inaccuracies which we have corrected on this web site. You can download a copy of the article in PDF format here

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