Daily Tours

Join one of our daily group wine tours and explore Central Otago wine country, or try our sightseeing tour filled with Queenstown and Arrowtown highlights

 

Queenstown and Central Otago Wine Tours

The Central Otago wine region spreads from the outskirts of Queenstown’s Wakatipu Basin through picturesque valleys and dramatic gorges to the rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn and beyond. The region itself is broken into six wine sub-regions: Bannockburn, Cromwell Basin, Bendigo, Gibbston, Wanaka, Alexandra Basin. Each region has its own distinctive soils, elevations and characteristics, all producing excellent aromatic and burgundy wine types.

Utilising our twenty years of experience leading wine tours in Central Otago, we have carefully crafted our daily wine tours to ensure you experience the best of the southernmost wine producing region in the world.  Our premium small, personalised group wine-tasting tours take you from Queenstown to Gibbston and on to the very heart of the Central Otago wine country to explore the vineyards in Bannockburn and Cromwell.

Whether you would prefer to be immersed into Central Otago’s wine culture for a full day, half day, or savour the taste for an afternoon, you have the opportunity to gain wealth of knowledge from our passionate wine guides – local knowledge, history and everything wine!

 


All  tours include:

  • All wine tasting fees
  • Expert Wine Guides with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights and early history of the region
  • Luxury air-conditioned minivans
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from central hotels and accommodation (out of town accommodation can be arranged, please ask us)
  • Specialised wine maps of the Central Otago wine region which you can keep
  • Bottled mineral water on board

 

Full Day – Gourmet Scenic Wine Tour

9.30am to 4.30pm (7 hours)
9.30am to 3.30pm Oct 2019 onwards (6 hours) 

NZD $269 per adult
NZD $189 per child

An indulgent and diverse full day tour showcasing the very best sights and tastes from the Central Otago region. Let your experienced wine guide lead you on a tasting journey through the contrasting Central Otago wine sub-regions of Gibbston and Bannockburn/Cromwell. Visit New Zealand’s largest wine cave and retrace history by discovering the historic settlements of Old Cromwell and beautiful Arrowtown.

Visit 4 premium vineyards extensively sampling the region’s renowned cool-climate wines. Indulge in a delicious gourmet lunch cooked in retired French Oak Pinot Noir wine barrels with matched wines, as well as savouring locally produced cheeses and artisan chocolates.

Our full day Gourmet Scenic Wine Tour is for those who want to indulge and experience the very best offerings from Central Otago.

Note: We do our best to cater for all dietary requirements, please let us know upon booking so we can accommodate.

 

  • Enjoy 15-20 tastings at 4 premium vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions (Gibbston and Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
  • Tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave at Gibbston Valley
  • Enjoy a cheese and wine presentation
  • Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, Gibbston and Bannockburn
  • Stroll through the historic precinct of OId Cromwell and the must-see gold mining settlement of Arrowtown
  • Exquisite locally sourced lunch consisting of 5 wine barrel-cooked dishes matched with 5 Wild Earth wines
  • Sample locally made hand-crafted chocolates
  • 2-12 guests per tour ensuring an interactive and personalised feel

Half Day – Boutique Wine Tour

11am to 4.30pm (5.5 hours)

NZD $199 per adult
NZD $139 per child

Immerse yourself an afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Visit 4 premium vineyards over 2 contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell.

Included is a delightful shared platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch, as well as all tastings.

Some wineries are producing amazing craft beers as well! If there is someone coming along who would prefer beer, please let us know and we can try to accommodate.

Note: All vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and gluten free diets can be catered for on request. Please inform us of your dietary requirements upon booking.

  • Enjoy 12-15 tastings at 3 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions (Gibbston and Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
  • Relax amongst good company with a delicious light platter lunch at a 4th vineyard
  • Choose a glass of premium wine with lunch
  • Visit Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
  • Stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region
  • View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy
  • Maximum of 12 guests per tour creating enough atmosphere to be sociable but small enough to be interactive

Afternoon – Classic Wine Tour

1pm to 5pm (4 hours)

NZD $165 per adult
NZD $115 per child
NZD $254 per child (Thrillzone 4-hour pass)

If you are short on time but still want to experience the best of the region, this tour is for you. Join our afternoon tour and sample wines from both Gibbston and Bannockburn, while staying in the Gibbston region. Enjoy a full running commentary from our local, expert wine guides where the more questions the merrier!

Sample wines from both the Gibbston and Bannockburn wine sub-regions on this fun and interactive afternoon tour. Enjoy tastings at 3 varying cellar doors, take a guided tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave and relax with some local cheeses and a glass of premium wine of your choice.

Some wineries are producing amazing craft beers as well! If there is someone coming along who would prefer beer, please let us know and we can try to accommodate.

Note: All vegetarian and gluten free diets can be catered for on request. Please inform us of your dietary requirements upon booking.

Thrillzone – Kidzclub – 1pm-5pm
Want to find something fun for your children? Everyone wins when you treat your kids to KidzClub. While you take a relaxing and informative wine tour through stunning alpine scenery, your child/children will be enjoying fun and entertainment with a dedicated staff member to a range of activities offered at Thrillzone! Add this option when you book your Classic Wine Tour.

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at Queenstown CBD accommodation or the Station Building (28 Shotover Street)
  • Enjoy 12-15 tastings at 3 cellar doors around Queenstown and the Gibbston wine sub-region
  • Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
  • Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu & The Remarkables
  • Pass by the Lord of the Rings filming site: Pillar of the Kings
  • Knowledgeable guides with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights & early history of Central Otago
  • Choose a glass of wine to sit back and relax with, and indulge in some local cheeses
  • Kidzclub Highlights: Vortex 12D Motion Theatre, Lasertag & Heroblast, 360 Drift, 360 VR, Green Screen fun, Kidz pizza or Fergburger, slushie, popcorn & unlimited activities

Morning – Scenic Sights Tour

9am to 12pm (3 hours – no wine involved!)

NZD $115 per adult
NZD $79 per child
Note: No age restriction on this tour

Be “wowed” on this guided morning sightseeing tour with panoramic views of the Queenstown countryside, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables from the Skippers Canyon lookout. See further scenery on the drive to historic Arrowtown, visiting both hidden and local “must-see” attractions of the area. Either return to Queenstown, or make your own way back at your leisure. Group size will vary. Check with us if you prefer smaller groups.

Note: If you would like to have lunch at Amisfield winery, please book online for a 12pm seating, and we will be able to drop you there.

For the ultimate FULL-DAY tour, stay in Arrowtown for lunch, we will pick you up at 1.15pm and take you out for an afternoon  Classic Wine Tour and return to Queenstown by approximately 5pm.

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at Queenstown central accommodation or the Station Building.
  • Panoramic views of the backskirts of Queenstown, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables from Skippers Canyon Saddle lookout.
  • View locations of the Lord of the Rings filming sites.
  • Visit a Lavender Farm or Art Gallery (season dependent).
  • Visit historic Arrowtown with a Tour through Lakes District Museum.
  • Experience gold-panning – any gold you find you keep!

Full Day Combo – Scenic Sights + Classic Wine Tour

9am to 5pm (8 hours)

NZD $259 per adult
NZD $169 per child

Be wowed on this morning tour by the panoramic views from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon lookout through to Arrowtown. You will visit both local “must-sees” and off-the-beaten track attractions.  Have lunch in Arrowtown at your own leisure, and be ready at 1.30pm for an afternoon of wine-tasting.  Group size will vary from 2 to 19 people.

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at Queenstown CBD accommodation or the Station Building
  • Panoramic photo opportunities of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu
  • View locations of the Lord of the Rings filming sites
  • Visit a Lavender Farm or Art Gallery (season dependent)
  • Visit historic Arrowtown and take a tour through Lakes District Museum
  • Experience gold-panning – keep any gold you find!
  • Visit 3 premium wineries around the Gibbston wine region
  • Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
  • Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge
  • A glass of premium wine of your choice and a shared cheese platter is included

Please note: Child rates apply between 6-17 years. Our daily tours are not appropriate for children under 6 years of age. However, children of all ages are welcome on our private tours.  Pricing valid until September 2018.