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. This is a region that features in many of our New Zealand Vacations itineraries and all of them are an easy and scenic drive from Queenstown.

Also visit our blog about an internationally acclaimed actor and one of New Zealand's favorite wine growers, found here.

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.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jun 11, 2016