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The Vengabus is coming, and everybody’s jumping, New York to San Francisco … to the Zealong Tea Estate.

lana-and-jase-morefmAhead of the Vengaboys’ two shows in New Zealand, MoreFM’s Lana and Jase scheduled a stop at the Zealong Tea Estate in their customised ‘Vengabus’ party bus for a tea break.

The ‘Vengabus’ road trip from Auckland was ahead of the Dutch pop band’s first show in Hamilton at Claudelands Arena followed by another at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre – the first time in 15 years since the group last performed in New Zealand.

While here, Lana and Jase took part in a customary tea tasting ceremony of 100% New Zealand-grown tea and a high tea at our Zealong Tea House.

And according to the pair a spot of the world’s purest tea was just the tonic before putting on their dancing shoes for the concert.

Robb_Report_Zealong_Tea-COVERRobb Report samples the premium delights of New Zealand’s North Island. Their visit would not have been complete without a stop at our tea estate!

(…) we stopped at Zealong (…) which is situated just north of the city of Hamilton, and is  famous for its oolong tea. The story behind Zealong is a fascinating one: a tea lover, Tzu Chen, was struck by the similarities between tea plants and the camellia, which grow abundantly here. In 1996, Chen imported 1,500 tea seedlings from Taiwan. He was left with only 130 after a rigorous quarantine from New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture. Luckily, they were the strongest and healthiest, and today, Zealong is a prosperous 40-hectare plantation. We were served a high tea, during which we tasted a few cups of fine Zealong tea. (…)

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