On the edge of Hamilton there is a tea estate, the only place in New Zealand that produces tea on a commercial basis.
Tea is not something that you would expect to grow in New Zealand, but here at Zeelong Tea Estate there are over 1.2 million Camellia sinensis shrubs producing up to three crops of tea leaves each year.
I enjoyed my visit to their retail shop and came away with a tea caddy of organic whole-leaf Oolong tea – which I have yet to taste!
I see they do estate tours as well as running a restaurant and function centre, and I enjoyed their garden art surrounding the carpark.
It is a place I would like to visit again and explore a bit more closely.
I much prefer drinking tea to coffee. Do you have any preferences?
Stay happy 😊