Anyone who has traveled in Central Otago remembers the drive through the Kawarau Gorge. The road is a thrill ride, skirting the cliffs of the Kawarau River under the glare of the mountains. Surprisingly, the Gorge also holds a valley called Gibbston, a raggedy patch perched 320 to 420 m above sea level. Gibbston’s soil – a hodgepodge of river gravel, glacial leftovers and sandy soils from erosion – may hate most crops, but there’s one thing it adores: Pinot Noir grapes.
THE WILD, WILD COAST
It’s Tuesday morning in the home of Trish and Collin, in the township of Fox Glacier. Out there beyond an indistinct blob of gray lies the back end of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.