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Zealong Tea Estate was invited to participate in the Official State Banquet by serving their award winning organic tea to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his accompanying delegation of dignitaries during their visit to New Zealand.

The VIP banquet was held at The Langham Hotel’s Great Room and hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English together with other members of New Zealand’s political and business elite.

“We regard it as a great honour to be invited to serve our award winning tea at this auspicious occasion”, said Zealong General Manager Gigi Crawford. “Our top quality organic tea was extremely well received by all the guests and we hope that the visitors were left with a unique flavour of Pure New Zealand and a sense of ‘home away from home’.

Wellington and Auckland tea lovers, rejoice! We’ve partnered with Mojo Coffee so you can now get your Zealong fix at any of their locations.

Wellington-based Mojo, one of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected independent coffee roasters and cafe operators, is introducing Zealong’s loose leaf teas to its menu to capture a growing market of tea connoisseurs.

With Zealong teas launching in Mojo cafes, tea lovers can enjoy truly home-grown and organic teas. We look forward to sharing the uniquely pure flavours with Mojo customers at its 21 Wellington and 11 Auckland cafes!

Prost! We are excited to announce that our teas are now being sold in Germany, by TeeGschwendner, the world’s largest specialty tea retailer. This follows a landmark export agreement signed last year between Zealong and TeeGschwendner.
Only an elite fraction of the annual world tea export harvest – 0.5 per cent – is considered by the German company’s tea masters, with each tea undergoing rigorous testing before and after purchase for pesticides and heavy metal residues.
We are extremely proud that our teas have been chosen to be part of TeeGschwendner’s offering of premium teas.

Zealong will be showcased during March as TeeGschwendner’s ‘tea of the month’.

 

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.

zealong-uno-spring20141There is always time for tea.

With these words starts UNO’s feature article on Zealong Tea Estate. Journalist Catherine Blackwell explores the making of Zealong as a company, a brand, and the successful venture that it is today.

 

Gentle, pure rain falls in a light mist over the rolling countryside, giving life to the slopes of the tea plantation……. No, we’re not in an exotic Asian location, we’re in the Waikato countryside, just north of Hamilton, where one man’s dream to produce tea in New Zealand has been realised. Sen Kong, Marketing Manager of Zealong Tea, tells the story of its creation into the respected tea producer it is today…

Read more on UNO’s website

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. (…)

Read the whole article here