Yesterday we had a great experience, courtesy of New Zealand Wine Growers and Air New Zealand. It was a specially chartered flight over four wine regions, beginning in Wellington and ending in Hawke’s Bay. Along the way we took in Nelson, Marlborough, Martinborough (now re-badged as Wellington Wine Country) and Hawke’s Bay.
We began flying over the Marlborough Sounds
This is the town of Nelson
The Waimea Plain of Nelson
The Moutere Hills of Nelson
Heading over the Richmond Ranges to the Marlborough region
This is a great view of the Wairau Valley, Marlborough, heading inland from left to right.
This is looking outwards over Blenheim airport, the town of Blenheim, and the sea
This is looking the other way, inland, with the airport in the foreground
This is a great view of the Southern Valleys, where a lot of the Pinot Noir is grown. The Wither Hills are on the left, and beyond these lies the Awatere Valley
This is the Awatere Valley, looking inland
This is the Awatere Valley, looking out to see. On the upper right is the large Yealands Estate.
Another view of the top of the Awatere
A wider view of the Awatere
Then it was over to Martinborough, now part of Wellington Wine Country, which is the new name for Wairarapa
Hawke’s Bay, the final stop
Here’s a short film of the flight: