Story: Hawke’s Bay places

Roadside Stories: Fruitful Eskdale

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.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Eskdale. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay places - North of Napier', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2016)

Full story by Kerryn Pollock, published 13 Aug 2009, updated 30 Nov 2015