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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

$990 pp

(Min. 2 pax)

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 then tantalise your taste buds ​by tasting your way through the world's southern-most wine producing region.

You will be collected from your hotel and dropped off to your heli and after a safety briefing, it's up and away for a spectacular scenic flight over the Gibbston wine region - this will give you an immense appreciation for the terrain and geographical relation of New Zealand’s southernmost wine growing region. Your heli ride includes an alpine landing on The Remarkables Mountains with ample time provided for photos and to soak up the phenomenal views of the Southern Alps. Your expert Appellation wine guide will meet you on arrival at a Gibbston based vineyard and after your first tasting for the day, relax and continue your wine tour experience by luxury vehicle through to the heart of the Central Otago wine region. 

Enjoy a delicious à la carte lunch showcasing regional cuisine at a vineyard restaurant in Bannockburn or Cromwell and savour premium wine 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 if you wish, the possibility of adding any further activities or sightseeing to the tour.

Please make an enquiry and we can discuss an 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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