Blue Earth

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


~ Making good food great ~

From the Te Muna terraces near Martinborough
directly to your table.

Blue Earth

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Making good food great

From the Te Muna terraces near
Martinborough directly to your table.

What makes Blue Earth Olive Oil special?

The Land

Elevated, free draining, stony soils with low cropping and little chance of frost deliver full and rewarding flavours.

The Climate

Our warm summers, cool nights and long autumns result in a slow ripening of the fruit enhances the complexity and intensity of the oil.

The Varieties

We have deliberately planted a mix of barnea (Israeli), manzanillo (Spanish), frantoio (Italian) and Koroneki (Greek) trees to ensure that Blue Earth Olive oil is rich, textured and vibrant.

The Care

We tend our grove using organic principles and close attention to the health of our trees and our soils – fruit is pressed within 30 hours and stored in our wine cellar guaranteeing freshness.

The Result

The result is an extra virgin olive oil that far exceeds the taste, chemical analysis and storage standards set by International Olive Oil Council and Olives New Zealand. It is no wonder that Blue Earth Olive Oil has developed a strong and loyal following .

Blue Earth Olive Oil
is great for bringing
out the flavour,
aroma and colour
of your food

In summer some of our favourite ways of using it are:

  • Drizzled over vine ripened tomatoes
  • Tossed through lightly cooked green beans
  • Dressing crisp salad greens, sometimes with a squeeze of lemon or lime, sometimes just on its own
  • The final touch for barbequed meat and vegetables

In winter we like to:

  • Swirl it on hearty soups (pumpkin in particular)
  • Splash it on casseroles just as we serve them to bring out the flavour
  • Dip bread that is warm from the oven
  • Drizzle over mashed or riced potatoes.
  • Let us know your favourite ways of using it.

Mike & Margaret Hanson

Mike fell in love with the Wairarapa a long time ago, but it took a long time to convince Margaret. We finally found the perfect place – beautiful views, on the bend of the Ruakakapatuna River, a lovely stand of native bush, and lots of land that needed to be used somehow. Our first response was olives, which we started planting in 1998. The olive grove now has over 1100 trees.

Since then, we have also established a vineyard, which produces sought after, premium pinot noir and pinot gris. www.theelderpinot.co.nz . In the rest of the land we have planted hardwood trees and extended the areas of native bush.

We love sharing this special place with others, so please contact us if you would like to visit the olive grove or vineyard. E-mail ( hanson@actrix.gen.nz ) or call us (0274 855 068) to make a time that suits.

Mike & Margaret Hanson

Mike fell in love with the Wairarapa a long time ago, but it took a long time to convince Margaret. We finally found the perfect place – beautiful views, on the bend of the Ruakakapatuna River, a lovely stand of native bush, and lots of land that needed to be used somehow. Our first response was olives, which we started planting in 1998. The olive grove now has over 1100 trees.

Since then, we have also established a vineyard, which produces sought after, premium pinot noir and pinot gris. www.theelderpinot.co.nz . In the rest of the land we have planted hardwood trees and extended the areas of native bush.

We love sharing this special place with others, so please contact us if you would like to visit the olive grove or vineyard. E-mail ( hanson@actrix.gen.nz ) or call us (0274 855 068) to make a time that suits.

Current oils

We have three extra virgin olive oil blends for you to choose from.

1. Classic

A fruity oil, with notes of green almond, grass and green apple. Great with poultry, salmon, steamed vegetables and egg dishes. Made from barnea olives with some frantoio added.

Won best in class in the 2018 New Zealand Olives Awards.

2. Tuscan

A medium oil with a peppery kick. It has notes of green almond, grass, artichoke and rocket. Great with white beans, lamb, winter soups and wine dishes. Made from frantoio olives with some barnea added.

Won Reserve Best in Show in the 2017 New Zealand Olives Awards and a gold medal at the New York International Olive Oil Awards.

3. Intense

A slightly more bitter oil, as a good intense oil should be. Match it with gazpacho, peppery salads, tomato sauce pasta, cooked greens and red meat. Made principally from manzanillo and koroneiki olives.

Buying Blue Earth Olive Oil

250 ml gift or sample bottles

- $21
- $17 each if you purchase 3 or more


1 litre bottles

- $39
- $33 each if you purchase 3 or more


Delivery to Martinborough and Wellington no charge.
For other areas, courier fees may apply.

E-mail us at hanson@actrix.gen.nz if you would
like to organise a purchase.

Contact us

Margaret and Mike Hanson



950 White Rock Rd
RD 2
Martinborough

hanson@actrix.gen.nz
027 4855 068