Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 by David Herd who made wine for over 50 years before the property reverted to sheep farming. When Graeme and Linda Cowley first bought the property there was no sign of grapes. It wasn't until they began researching the history of the land that they realised they'd just purchased a pioneering vineyard.
Claire Belcik grows some of the best garlic you could hope to see on her Torere Bay property in Eastern Bay of Plenty.. She also grows beautiful limes and many other crops.
Benneydale was a mining and milling town that once had a population of about 2000. Today, with those industries gone, it's about a tenth of that. However newcomers are settling in the King Country town, attracted by the quiet lifestyle, cheap housing and opportunities for tourism.