A former Wellington couple who escaped the city with their three young children to grow lettuce in Manakau want to keep it a secret.
Tony and Lisa Dale-Low were both working and living in Wellington a few years ago when they made a decision to sell up, buy a bus and tour New Zealand with their young children Francesca, Charlie and Zoe for a year.
With the adventure over, they decided it was time to park the bus up and after seeing most of the country they picked Manakau as the place to put down roots more than a year ago.
Mr Dale-Low said the Manakau climate was brilliant for growing and the lifestyle was idyllic.
"But we should maybe keep that a secret," he said.
Mrs Dale-Low said they purchased Waikawa Fresh as a going concern in July last year, growing lettuce and herbs for the local environment. They both had green thumbs, but it was a leap of faith.