Kees and Marianne Tanja
254 Oruanui Road
Phone: 07 378 8384
Mobile: 027 937 2311
Opening Hours : Monday - Saturday 7 am - 8 pm
Taupo Raw Milk is owned by Kees and Marianne Tanja. We have both been brought up on dairy farms in the Netherlands. Both of us immigrated to New Zealand on separate occasions, got married and continued dairy farming as a couple.
Starting off as sharemilkers in Te Aroha, we then bought our first 130 cow dairy farm in Pahiatua where we farmed for 6 years. After selling that farm, we moved to Tirohanga, 40 km NW of Taupo, where we milked 220 cows for 12 years. After selling that property in June
2014, we moved to our current 50 ha property on Oruanui Road, which we converted to dairying. A 14-aside herringbone cowshed has been build through which we milk our herd of 40 cows. We milk our cows throughout the year – some calving in spring and some in autumn to ensure a year round milk supply.
It’s been great to go back to a smaller herd and really get to know each cow. As a family we enjoy being semi self sufficient (own milk, meat, eggs, vegetables and some fruit). It’s important to know where your food comes from as “you are what you eat”. We know there are great benefits in eating natural food with no pesticides or chemicals and that hasn’t been meddled with. We think it is really exciting that we can now share some of this with our customers through the sale of raw milk.