One of our main objectives to visiting New Zealand, apart from enjoying the wild splendor of the south island, was to visit the heart of Central Otago and learn as much as we could in the little time we had. So, I polled some social media connections in the States, Australia, and New Zealand, and came up with four very different wineries for us to visit on the one day we had.
The drive from Queenstown to Cromwell is only 30 miles, but the winding secondary road (there are no interstates in this part of New Zealand) makes it nearly an hour’s drive. Our first port of call was at Quartz Reef, in the town of Cromwell itself. In all my excitement at visiting our first NZ winery, I must have left my journalism skills at home, as I failed to take any decent pictures while there. Happily, I was a bit better, not much but a bit, during our other stops. Without further adieu, our day in Central Otago.
Next up, we take two days to drive the length of the south island, stopping along the way at Hanmer Springs, before finishing our trek in Nelson on the north shore.