My name is Jared Gulian, and I’m still not entirely sure how I ended up living in paradise.
My partner CJ and I are two American city boys who moved to rural New Zealand in 2006. We live on 20 acres just outside the charming wine and olive village of Martinborough, at the bottom of the North Island.
In June 2013, Random House NZ published my first book, called ‘Moon Over Martinborough,’ which tells the story of our first four years on the olive farm. It became a best seller in New Zealand — rising to number 4 and staying on the best seller list for 6 weeks.
In March 2018, I’ll be launching a self-published, international edition under the new title, ‘An Olive Grove at the Edge of the World.’
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Articles and interviews
Below is a list of my newspaper, radio, magazine, blog, and book interviews.
- Over the Hill for Olive Oil
- Reaching for the Moon
- The Good Oil on Martinborough
- Jared Gulian’s Blog-to-Book Goes Over the Moon in Martinborough
- A Blog-to-Book Success
- Moon Travel Guides: Living Abroad in New Zealand
- Dominion Post: My Favourite Table
- Radio New Zealand: Country Life
- Coast Access Radio 104.9 FM
- Wairarapa Times-Age: Blogger over the Moon
- Expat Focus: Expat Experiences
- Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine: From Motown to Martinborough
- Top Blogs about Moving to New Zealand
Our 20-acre property has about 500 olive trees and a trout stream just out the bottom gate. Plus we have heaps of other fruit and nut trees — apricot, peach, pear, plum, chestnut, almond, pine nut, feijoa, and even a quince tree. Cattle and sheep graze in the paddocks.
There’s a 2-bay hay shed with a million dollar view, a veggie garden, green house, flower garden, native garden, some very well fed chickens, and some pet kunekune pigs.
Let Frances Mayes have her Tuscan sun, and Peter Mayle his year in Provence. I’ve got my moon over Martinborough.
For more on how CJ and I ended up here, read my life story as recipe at ‘Make your own olive oil in 23 easy steps‘.
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