Punchbowl PackCo is a specialist provider that services New Zealand kiwifruit growers. We are an integrated business that owns and operates managed and leased orchards and runs a busy seasonal packhouse and cool-store facility. We employ approximately 100 permanent staff and more than 250 seasonal staff to help our packhouse meet production demands and operate 24/7 during the kiwifruit harvest season of March through to June.

Situated in South Auckland, we provide an extensive service offering for our Auckland and Waikato growers. Our team comprises knowledgeable and proficient leaders who collaborate with growers to facilitate the best growing conditions and service delivery spanning harvest, packing and cool-storage.

With state-of-the-art packhouse technologies, we believe in continuous improvement, innovation, growth and service excellence – We strive to understand our customer’s individual business needs, then deliver to exceed expectations.

“We have trusted the post harvesting of our fruit to Punchbowl for over 30 years. We value Punchbowls family ethos, respecting and treating all their growers as family and friends. Whenever we need help, they have been easy to get hold off, and will turn up on our orchard, offering support, and solutions. Punchbowl are genuine, in wanting to work with us, as growers to get the top returns, and deliver the best quality fruit to our customers.”

– Bonnar Family

Our History

Rob and Maree Craig purchased the land to become Punchbowl PackCo in May 1983, which was then an 11-acre block on the south west corner of the Patumahoe Orchard Partnership property. They undertook positions as Orchard Managers and obtained ownership of the Patumahoe Orchard Partnership in 1995 along with Les Brown and Brian and Elaine Bell. It was then that it was renamed Punchbowl.

The name Punchbowl comes from an original Craig family property sited south of Oamaru during the 1860’s settlement era. The business progressively consolidated and started to grow from the late 90’s, through the 2000’s and to its current day where it is now a comprehensive integrated horticultural agri-business headed by the parent Punchbowl Investments Ltd. It has subsidiary investment activity in post-harvest services to local growers, is a major packaging supplier to the kiwifruit and apple industries and has several orchard investments in the Patumahoe area as well as in the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay. It also operates several lease orchards spread from Helensville in the north to Te Kohanga in the south.

Punchbowl has now evolved into a family owned hybrid company. It is becoming more and more dependent on the next generation and other young talented individuals that are willing to make a commitment to the future of the kiwifruit industry in Franklin. The business has grown into a major local employer in the area, and due to its seasonal nature, many young local school students have worked their holidays in the packhouse or in the orchards through summers, leaving many a local with some sort of connection to Punchbowl. As time progresses more and more of the next, and the next, generation seem to be finding their roots in the local communities, so it looks like this strong community connection will continue to prosper.

Colin Davies Managing Director

Simon CraigGeneral Manager (Field & Grower)


Nikki CraigGeneral Manager (Post Harvest)

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Pamela ThakurFinancial Controller


Kerry ReymerHR Manager

Vernon ComelySnr Orchard Manager

Ron van ZantvoortOperations Manager

Justine EdeTraining & Shift Manager

Trevor MacDonaldOrchard Manager

Hilgard du PreezOrchard Manager

Shaun DaviesOrchard Manager

Ritesh SharmaOrchard Manager


Natalie GrubjesicGrower Liaison Manager

Matt BentPost-Harvest Manager

Our values "The punchbowl Way"

Here at Punchbowl, we have one mission and that is to grow greatness. We do this by growing and packing great fruit, investing in the community, and providing ways for our people to grow and develop their careers.  We value our people and believe that they are key to our success.  We look for people who are aligned with our Company Values: Caring, Innovative, and Energetic.

Supporting our Community

We put people first. That’s why we like to help our local communities, through partnerships and sponsorship. Our “Kiwifruit for Schools” programme is an initiative that Punchbowl PackCo Limited and Opal are very passionate about, donating Kiwifruit to local preschools, schools and community groups. 

“Kiwifruit for Schools” has been running since 2019 and is gaining momentum with every passing year. We now donate Kiwifruit to over 30 organisations with amazing support from our volunteers who collect and deliver the fruit to all of our different locations. We just couldn’t do it without them. If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact our office on 09 236 3818 to find out more

Being involved in the local community is important to Punchbowl and, in partnership with our Growers, we are also pleased to be able to provide donations to schools, clubs and community events. Below are some of the charities Punchbowl is proud to support.  

Vernon ComelySnr Orchard Manager

Ron van ZantvoortOperations Manager

Justine EdePost-Harvest Manager

Trevor MacDonaldOrchard Manager

Hilgard du PreezOrchard Manager