Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour


Full day


10am to 5:30pm or on request


Accommodation transfers, private guide, distillery tour and wine tastings


Lunch (various options available)

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Taste award-winning wines and learn about the spirit-making process from grain to glass

After being picked up by your driver and guide, begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the spectacular Crown Range towards Cardrona. Enjoying the constantly evolving landscapes through rugged gorges and vast alpine plains from the comfort of your own Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van, never miss a photo opportunity with the flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air wherever and whenever you like.

This tour is designed for you to discover the best-kept secrets of the region, starting with the remote Cardrona Distillery. Opened in December 2015, the distillery has already notched up awards for its gin. Witness the magic as its spirits are made from scratch on site, and soak up the sights and smells as malt is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and matured. After learning about the process, you will sample whiskey, gin, vodka and liqueurs for yourself.

On the way back to Queenstown, we stop at New Zealand’s most photographed building – the historic Cardrona Hotel. You have the option to enjoy a hearty lunch here before an afternoon of sampling the finest wines in the region.

We then venture into the Gibbston Valley wine region, the ‘Valley of the Vines’ nestled between rugged schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge. Here we delight in more world-class Pinot Noir at some of the best wineries and cellar doors in the region.

Lunch Recommendations

We’re lucky to have some of the best gourmet dining, award-winning vineyards and charming local cafés in New Zealand. We can tailor lunch options to suit every taste.

Cardrona Hotel
Situated on the spectacular Crown Range road, this historic hotel offers comforting pub favourites with a twist, using the freshest seasonal produce from the region.

Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant
Combining a stunning setting with an elegant seasonal menu, Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant features carefully selected ingredients that reflect local flavours with an à la carte menu and two course, wine-matched options.

Amisfield Bistro
If you’d prefer a sophisticated lunch experience with the ‘wow’ factor, look no further than the multi-award-winning Amisfield Bistro. With a focus on seasonal paddock-to-table cuisine, the three-course ‘Trust the Chef’ lunch with optional wine matchings that promise to leave your taste buds singing (bookings recommended).

Our local guides love to being able to personally tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Contact us to customise your special day and ensure your Queenstown adventure is one you won't ever forget.

Cardrona hotel
Cardrona hotel
Wine Tasting Central Otago
Wine Tasting Central Otago

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