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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

4

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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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Inclusions

  • 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...
Stephanie C
Stephanie C
14 May 2024
Verified
Nice wine and food tour We had Allan as a driver today. Great day on the road and amongst the vines. That will have to do for my one hundred words, yeh.
Anonymous855
Anonymous855
30 April 2024
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Everything as advertised & more! Truly a gourmet event... I have been to many wine tastings being from California and I felt the tour company ensured we had a unique experience at each location, thank you. I am also fussy about my food and was delighted by the lunch...wow! That day we had goat meatballs on polenta, venison with a wine sauce, skin on salamon, pork and all sorts of veggies along with a flight of wines matched to the food. Our host was gracious and gave us 15 minutes to scoot around Arrowtown very quickly. Overall, I was quite pleased with this experience and recommend it amongst the many choices.
PENNY M
PENNY M
29 April 2024
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Great day out Phil was fabulous he showed us some fabulous locations and we were very lucky that is was a stunning day. Great insider tips and we had a fantastic day
Cruiser23035244653
Cruiser23035244653
28 April 2024
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Awesome Wine Tour Awesome tour! I went on the tour solo and had an amazing time. The wine was wonderful, food was delicious, and ride was great with the knowledgeable guide. He shared a lot of his knowledge on the area’s history and the wineries which kept the rides between wineries interesting. The tastings at each winery were also great with lovely staff. Highly recommend this wine tour! The food was a highlight as well, so good and awesome presentation.
Elyse T
Elyse T
14 April 2024
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Wine and Smoked Fare This was one of the most interesting of the several wine tours we took in New Zealand. The wine was excellent and the vintners interesting, but the star of the tour was lunch at the Stoakery Restaurant: meats and vegetables cooked in repurposed wine barrels served with a selection of Wild Earth wines. A unique and very tasty experience.
Patti J
Patti J
8 April 2024
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Helpful guide and good variation in wineries Our guide, Al, was very knowledgeable of the area and gave us wonderful insight about the vineyards we were visiting. Each of the wineries treated us with their best pours and helpful tasting notes. Lunch was a real treat, we asked for the vegetarian option and it was one for the best plates we had in NZ. Al also made sure everything operated well, even helping out at the meal and cheese tasting. I highly recommend this company for a tour.
Warwick M
Warwick M
4 April 2024
Verified
Great experience. This trip was a great experience. We had Paul as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, welcoming and ensured we had a great time. The wineries were lovely and the food was great. Would highly recommend.
Todd F
Todd F
4 April 2024
Verified
Amazing Whiskey and Wine tasting luxury tour - one not to miss My wife bought for me a Whiskey and Wine Tasting luxury tour. We were picked up from our hotel by John, who was wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable about the area we were travelling through. We went to the Cardrona Distillery for a personal tour of the distillation process and tasting afterwards, which was wonderfully delivered by the team at Cardrona. We then went to Kinross Vineyard's Celler Door which was representing 5 different vineyards followed by a food platter - all was amazing and well delivered by the local teams. Would highly recommend this tour.
Cindy C
Cindy C
30 March 2024
Verified
One of the best wine tours I've been on around the world Outstanding food and wine tour with an amazingly interesting group of people and a extremely knowledgeable guide. The sommelier were fantastic too. This region is known to produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. I learned sooooo much ... and tasted MANY wines...in fact it was one of the most generous wine tours in terms of how many wines we tasted. We visited Gibbston Valley Winery, Akarua winery, Misha's Vineyard (this where we had the main food tasting which was seriously spectacular... my favorite food thus far on our trip), and Mt. Rosa Wines. A couple of my favorites from rhe day were the 2023 Pinot Rouge by Akarua, 2022 China Terrace by Gibbston.
Alice K
Alice K
21 March 2024
Verified
Tasteful and fun day Tasteful and fun day visiting 4 smaller wineries, including having a very tasteful lunch at one of them. Traveling together with a small group of 10 people from several different countries was great.

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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