Arapawa Blue Pearls
Since then, Arapawa Seafarms has shifted their focus and expanded their market to include growing paua for commercial re-seeding and Paua Pearls, also known as “Blue” or “Abalone” pearls.
These pearls are considered as the most lustrous and some of the rarest cultured pearls in the world due to New Zealand’s Paua species (Haliotis Iris) being endemic, fragile and also slow growing. Haliotis Iris translated from Latin means 'Rainbow sea ear' Haliotis is the most primative group of molecules in the world and have remained nearly unchanged for 500 million years.' The survival rate from an egg to an adult Paua is 1 in 20 million.
We use Mabe pearl inserts to grow the pearls and are constantly experimenting with new ideas, techniques and materials for improved growth, harvests and colour retention.
Paua eat up to half its own body weight per week and requires constant supervision in a clean and spacious environment to ensure their wellbeing and survival. On top of this, each pearl takes at least 3 years to grow with only 5-10 pearls out of 50 (depending on the harvest) making it to pearl processing and then to final grading.
Our families have come together several times now to stay in this very beautiful part of NZ and hopefully we will have many more holidays there. Our hosts are wonderful and couldn’t be more helpful. We do the walks, go fishing, diving or just chill out and relax. The isolation of Arapawa just adds to the adventure! Oct 2017.
Experience Arapawa Island