The Vineyards of Otago

Sometimes a photo can say more than a thousand words. So the team at New Zealand Vacations have selected their favorite photos of the beautiful wine growing region called Central Otago, a region that features in most of our New Zealand Vacations itineraries.

These photos were taken across some of the 5 distinctive wine growing sub-regions of Central Otago -  Gibbston, Bannockburn, Alexandra, Bendigo, Wanaka and Lowburn / Cromwell.

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At Bannockburn - this can be included for example on the 12 Day 'Heart of New Zealand' itinerary.

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At Gibbston, looking back at the Chard Farm Road. This can also be visited on the 14 Day 'New Zealand at Its Best' itinerary.

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At Wanaka, The Rippon Vineyards - These can also be added to the 16 Day 'North Island & Best of South Island' itinerary

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At Gibbston, Chard Farm - Visit Chard Farm on the 20 Day 'Epic New Zealand Journey' itinerary

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View of some Gibbiston Valley vineyards (taken on the day one was a temporary music festival site)

These vineyards can be visited on the 'North Island & Catlins in the South' itinerary

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A Gibbston Valley vineyard  - Also included in the 'North Island Adventure & Best of the South' itinerary

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At Cromwell - Wooing Tree Vineyard

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At Gibbston, The Mt Rosa Vineyard - There's time to visit here on the 27 Day 'Wildlife & Landscapes Special' itinerary

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At Bannockburn, The Carrick Vineyards with Lake Dunstan in the foreground.

This can be visited in our 28 Day 'Magnificent New Zealand' itinerary

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At Cromwell, Wooing Tree Vineyard

That's our story in pictures, but if you retain a liking for words, here's a story by New York Times writer Reid Wilson that does an outstanding job of describing the vineyards of Central Otago.

Central Otago is also included in a special departure in January 2017 for those interested in attending Pinot Noir 2017 in the capital city of Wellington.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jun 11, 2016