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45 South orchard in Central Otago is New Zealand’s biggest cherry orchard covering 350 hectares of cherry trees. The picking season lasts for eight weeks commencing in mid December during which time eighty tonnes of cherries are picked a day. 1,800 tonnes a season. 
To extend the season as much as possible seven different varieties are grown. These are maintained by a permanent staff of forty with pickers swelling this to four hundred during the picking season. 
Only ten percent of the cherries are sold in New Zealand. The bulk are air freighted through Queenstown airport to China , Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and the USA. Fruit is landed in Shanghai forty eight hours after being picked from the trees. 

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