Fruitful Eskdale - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Eskdale

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Eskdale in the Video tab.

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.

Related web links:
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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