Hawke's Bay is full steam into the harvest of royal gala apples - the biggest variety in terms of volume.
Country Life reports the weather has been great for picking. Early predictions were for volumes to be well down this year, but early pickings are exceeding expectations.
Damage from hail in October is not as bad as thought.
The first shipments are on their way to Asian markets.
Picking of Royal Gala in the Nelson/Motueka region starts next week.