Simunovich Olive Estate

The Home of Olive

Bombay is just 40 minutes south of Auckland City, but it’s half a world away from the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac’, Croatia where more than two centuries ago the Simunovich family first began cultivating olives for the health and well-being of the community, a tradition that now proudly continues on New Zealand’s largest privately-owned Olive Estate, where our trees have matured in just six short years—five times faster than our European counterparts. Kiwi magic? Great location? We like to think it’s a bit of both.

Built from the ground up in 1999, the estate was started with sustainability in mind. The estate is not only carbon neutral but carbon positive—annually producing 500 times more oxygen than it absorbs from the atmosphere for its own operations. Olive waste is used to fertilise estate produce and water is recycled and used to irrigate the property. In 2002 we produced our first pressed extra virgin olive oil. Since then, our family have nurtured and perfected our extra virgin olive oil into the award-winning olive oil it is today. The estate has become a fixture of the Franklin community sourcing the majority of our staff locally, providing training and development for over 50 people.

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Virgin Olive Oil

Our olives are picked at just the right time for optimal flavour and colour and then processed entirely on the Estate the same day using top-of-the range, Italian-made Pieralisi processing equipment.

Bracu Restaurant

Simunovich Olive Estate is home to our unique restaurant, Bracu, which takes its name from the Adriatic island of Brač, the place where our olive growing tradition began. Nestled amid the stunning olive grove, Bracu Restaurant offers elegant and contemporary fine dining in a truly exceptional setting. Exquisite dishes are prepared by talented Head Chef Logan Clark, with seasonal offerings from the Estate’s own gardens and passionate local producers, while our guests relax on the all-weather verandah or beside the fire inside the beautifully restyled Kauri villa.

Bracu Weddings

Bracu is a unique all-weather wedding venue. An idyllic setting, our olive grove boasts over 30,000 olive trees set in a peaceful valley, surrounded by the rolling Bombay hills. Celebrate your perfect day with award-winning cuisine and a Mediterranean reminiscent wedding destination.

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