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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.
At Bannockburn - this can be included for example on the 12 Day 'Heart of New Zealand' itinerary.
At Gibbston, looking back at the Chard Farm Road. This can also be visited on the 14 Day 'New Zealand at Its Best' itinerary.
At Wanaka, The Rippon Vineyards - These can also be added to the 16 Day 'North Island & Best of South Island' itinerary
At Gibbston, Chard Farm - Visit Chard Farm on the 20 Day 'Epic New Zealand Journey' itinerary
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
A Gibbston Valley vineyard - Also included in the 'North Island Adventure & Best of the South' itinerary
At Cromwell - Wooing Tree Vineyard
At Gibbston, The Mt Rosa Vineyard - There's time to visit here on the 27 Day 'Wildlife & Landscapes Special' itinerary
At Bannockburn, The Carrick Vineyards with Lake Dunstan in the foreground.
This can be visited in our 28 Day 'Magnificent New Zealand' itinerary
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.