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Private Heli and Wine Tour

Take to the skies for the most spectacular way to get around the stunning vineyards of Central Otago!

Private Heli and Wine Tour

$930 pp

(Min. 2 pax). Valid until 30 Sept 2022

5 hours

10:30am – 3:30pm


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Take to the skies and explore the dramatic mountain ridges of the Southern Alps, then tantalise your taste buds by tasting your way through the world’s southernmost wine producing region.

Discover New Zealand’s most scenic wine region in luxury and style. Take to the sky and explore the dramatic mountain ridges of the Southern Alps then tantalise your taste buds by tasting your way through the world’s southernmost wine producing region.

Relax and be chauffeured in a luxury vehicle by an expert wine guide around the heart of the Central Otago wine region.

After your first tasting experience, you will be met by your helicopter for a spectacular scenic flight over the wine country in an Airbus H120 helicopter. You will see the Central Otago wine subregions of Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell from above to give you an appreciation for the terrain and geographical relation of New Zealand’s southernmost wine growing region.

Enjoy the personalised inflight commentary to learn more about how the extreme climate and gold mining past influencing the award-winning wines that are produced here. An alpine landing at Slapjacks Point offers great views of the Southern Alps and the Cromwell Basin.

Take time for photos, then continue on to land at the Cromwell base where your wine guide will be waiting, with your luxury vehicle, to continue your experience by road around some of the regions premium vineyards.

Enjoy an à la carte lunch showcasing regional cuisine and tastings at three premium vineyards.

We can pick-up and drop-off from any local hotel or accommodation. There is also flexibility with the start time and adding any further activities or sightseeing to the tour.

Please make an enquiry and we can discuss the itinerary to create your ultimate day out.

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  • Return hotel transfers in a luxury vehicle
  • 30-minute helicopter ride with commentary and an alpine landing with photo opportunities
  • Enjoy tastings at three premium vineyards
  • Visit Gibbston and Bannockburn wine sub-regions
  • À la carte lunch and glass of premium wine at Mt Difficulty winery (or similar)
  • Stroll through Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
  • Array of sightseeing and photograph opportunities
  • Specialist Wine Guide with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights and early history of Central Otago
  • Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing AJ Hackett bungy bridge

Multi Award Winning Wine Tours

Don't just take our word for it! Our reviews speak for themselves...
  • “Such a brilliant day out. Perfect for couples or groups of friends. We were 7 girls and completely looked after by our guide. 

    All wineries are beautiful and all different. There is so much information about the surrounding areas, how each property started an abundance of knowledge on wine. Highly recommend.

     Pick-ups from Queenstown hotels and back. We felt very lucky to be able to experience such a wonderful tour with an excellent tour company!” 

    sunnytimes0, Sept 2021 (Trip Advisor).
  • “After tossing up whether to do the hop on hop off bus I am so pleased we chose Appellation Tours instead. Door to door service and Gary our guide was knowledgeable, fun and professional. 

    We were guaranteed seating at all wineries and there was no queuing or waiting around for tastings and cellar tours. Something you need to think about when it’s cold outside! Just so seamless and easy. 

    Beautiful wines and a great afternoon with lots of information and laughs.”  

    Quest64601253864, Aug, 2021 (Trip Advisor).
  • “Such luxury to be collected from our hotel by Gary in a comfortable modern vehicle to be driven from vineyard to vineyard through the magnificent countryside of Central Otago – and Gary knew the history of wine growing in this area, and the details of each vineyard and its wines, our perfect host, companion and guide for the day. 

    Gary’s personable style, with friendly introductions to each cellar door manager and brilliant driving, helped make our day perfect”. 

    Observer4242, Nov 2021 (Trip Advisor).
  • “Third time around for us on this wine tour, once again did not disappoint. Excellent tour great wine and food very informative and funny tour guide was great.”

     richf10975, Nov 2021 (Trip Advisor).
  • “Paul was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to talk to with all sorts of great information about wine making, the vineyards and about the history of Queenstown itself. 

    We’re glad that we chose to do the tour as you can leave the decision making to the experts! 

    We got to visit 4 fantastic vineyards and had a great lunch, it was incredibly good value. Next time we come to Queenstown we plan to do a private tour. 

    Thank you so much Paul!!! 10 stars!” 

    teresas376, Oct 2021 (Trip Advisor).

More about our Private Wine Tours...

If you are the more discerning wine lover, or would simply prefer the flexibility of a private tour, then together we can customise your Central Otago wine experience. Join one of our senior wine guides on a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand’s most memorable vineyards, at your own pace.

Our local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half or full day’s wine experience in a thriving wine region. Let us custom design your wine touring experience, or alternatively, let us know where you would like to visit and we will arrange this all for you.

Our private wine tours below are designed for 2-9 guests. If your group is more than this, you might like to check out our Custom Wine & Bespoke Tours for custom tours or, otherwise all of our Daily Wine Tours can be run privately for groups.

Lastly, we know our region well, and include visits to any sub-region. Wanaka is a popular destination to visit and we can easily combine activities, lunch and vineyard visits on private tours. Please make an enquiry with your dream tour and let us do the rest!

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