Brown Owl Food Club

Organic for Rotorua

Brown Owl’s goal is to provide the Rotorua community with affordable, safe, nutritious organic food, thereby enhancing our community’s health and wellbeing.

Brown Owl Organics is not a shop. We are a non-profit organisation run mainly by volunteers who are passionate about organic food and community.

As a Brown Owl member you benefit from the club’s bulk buying power with weekly orders of fresh fruit and vegetables, dried goods and other groceries at cheaper prices. Brown Owl sources organically certified foods from around NZ, and we try to source as much locally grown produce as possible.

Organic and Local

Brown Owl sells fresh fruit and vegetables, dried goods and other groceries from suppliers like Chantal Organics, Ceres and more.

Click here for a complete list of our current range and prices

How Brown Owl Works

  • Ordering opens on Friday afternoon and closes at 8.30am the following Monday. You will receive an e-mail notification when it opens.
  • Stock is ordered from suppliers on Monday and arrives on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
  • Orders are packed and delivered by volunteers on Wednesday mornings at the Ngongotaha Bowling Club.
  • Pick-up points and times on Wednesdays:
    • Ngongotaha Bowling Club, 11 Domain Ave, Ngongotaha from 12:00pm to 6pm
    • Tiaki ELC from 2pm
    • Fryer Road, Hamurana from 3pm
    • Path To Vitality Clinic, 1200 Hinemoa St 1.30pm to 5.15pm
    • Scion Stores, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm - only available to Scion staff
  • After picking up your order, you wait for an e-mail invoice and pay Brown Owl’s account by the following Friday when the whole cycle starts again!

Costs

Membership is $30 per annum. Each order incurs a fee. Pick-up from Domain Ave is $3 (packing only), and all the other pick-up points are $5 per order (packing and delivery). Home delivery is $10 and is only available within the city or Ngongotaha/Hamurana area.

Membership Pluses
  • Weekly ordering of fresh fruit and vegetables, dried goods and other groceries
  • Access to Brown Owl recipe archive
  • Share your excess garden produce with others in the community (conditions apply)
  • Newsletter featuring local news, events, organic lifestyle tips
  • Invites to Brown Owl Social Events
  • Fun and community!
Volunteering with Brown Owl

This club survives only by the work of volunteers! If you’d like to help out, please get in touch with our packing manager, Kym Eagleson. We need people to help with packing and delivering orders on Wednesdays (9am to 12pm) and processing dry goods on Tuesdays. Volunteers receive a 20% discount (up to $25) on their orders and pay no packing fee. Volunteers who deliver orders are reimbursed at $2 a box. You can go onto a roster at a frequency that suits your schedule. Volunteering is great way to meet like-minded Brown Owlers!

Questions? info@brownowl.nz

What Members are Saying

Brown Owl's long term commitment to supply organic produce is an asset to our community. I buy from Brown Owl because of the holistic philosophy and flexibility for ordering only what I need.
Jenny Lux

Alison
Tikitere

Organic food is just so much better for you. Before, I used to go all the way over to Tauranga to get my organic food. Now it's so good to have Brown Owl in Rotorua!
Metiria

Yvonne
Rotorua local