In te reo Māori whakatupu means to rear, grow, raise, cultivate, produce or farm.
For our team it's about our commitment to our community, hydroponics and nurturing the next generation of gardeners.
Bert and Jocelyn
With a long history of growing, Bert and Jocelyn purchased Ōtaki Hydroponics and are working hard to keep abreast of new and innovative products that help you achieve greater gardening success.
The initial store was situated slightly north of where the present store is located. The business moved into the present store a couple of years later and it has operated at its present location ever since. The building itself was initially built to be a wine cellar/tasting room, but the winery discontinued before the building was ever used for its initial purpose.
Ōtaki Hydroponics developed hydroponic systems and provided nutrients to commercial providers throughout the country.
The team even appeared in a “Country Calendar” episode and was even in one spoof show showing Wellingtonians growing strawberries hydroponically but adding a liquor into the water reservoir to improve the taste of the strawberries.
Early customers had sucesss growing a large range of crops