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Fruitful Eskdale - Roadside Stories

Fruitful Eskdale - Roadside Stories


Eskdale, Napier

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Eskdale's fruit and viticulture industries. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The fertile soils around Eskdale produce apples, stonefruit and grapes for winemaking. Hawke's Bay is dubbed the fruit bowl of New Zealand -- it was the site of vineyards planted from 1851 by French Catholic missionaries (the forerunners of present-day Mission Estate winery), and of Wattie's canning and food-processing business, established in 1934.

Canned splendour,

Marist brothers' vineyard,

Hawke's Bay region: horticulture,


Stone fruit and the summerfruit industry,

Hawke's Bay places: north of Napier,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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