The orchard at Lakeview (the original house name) was planted in the 1800s and John Ballance also planted a fruit orchard at his home in Wanganui. As part of the restoration programme, it was decided to replant the orchard with apple trees provided by Greenmount College and all are traditional 19th century varieties.
The current apple trees were planted by a touring New Zealand team on a very wet and cold day. The Kiwis, reluctantly left the warmth of the coach, saying that they now understood why Ballance had left Northern Ireland for a life in New Zealand!
There is original 19th century farming equipment placed in the Orchard and around the House.