We visit both boutique and large wineries in the region to offer you a comprehensive sample of the region’s best wines. Our unique vineyard tour follows the life of wine from grapes through to the glass, to show you what it takes to make Central Otago’s finest wines.
We visit the region’s only Aroma Room where you can experience many sensuous aromas commonly identified in wine. All tours come with lunch, free snacks and access to our onboard WiFi.
Our vans are spacious and comfortable, our service is professional and our commitment to your satisfaction is unrivaled. Jake personally guarantees every tour experience, if you are in any way unsatisfied with your tour – Jake will make it right.
These tours are limited to just 7 people per tour so we can customise the wineries we visit. This means every tour is adapted to meet the needs of the people on board and we don’t visit the same wineries every day!
Central Otago is a stunning mountain landscape with many exceptional vistas – we make stops at many of the regions best scenic look-outs and historical hot-spots, including the Crown Range Lookout, the Cromwell Old Town, the Kawarau Bungy Bridge, and Arrowtown’s Historic Town Center – A camera and comfortable shoes are highly recommended!
This relaxing wine tour introduces you to the beautiful Central Otago region and the outstanding wines it has to offer. Take in the history of the region as we tour through the stunning mountain landscape of Gibbston Valley and Kawarau Gorge. Enjoy a vineyard talk and learn what it takes to make wine in the world’s southernmost wine-growing region. We visit 4 wineries and an Aroma Room on this tour and stop frequently to take in the beautiful mountain vistas at some of the regions finest scenic lookouts. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to take in the epic mountain landscape and experience why Central Otago is world famous for Pinot Noir.
PRICE: $199 per person
TIME: Pickup from 9:45am – Drop-off after 5pm
TOUR DETAILS: Visits 4 wineries matched to your tastes, includes many scenic stops, a vineyard talk, a seasonal tasting platter lunch and commentary on the scenery, wines and history of the region.
The Degustation Tour is a food and wine matching experience not to be missed. The tour starts with a bite sized food and wine pairing, exclusive to NZ Wine Tours and destigned by the acclaimed Chef Brendan. Then we will have a lovely scenic drive through the Kawarau Gorge to Wild Earth’s
Restaurant located at the historic Kawarau Goldfields. There you will enjoy a tasting array of five dishes that have been cooked in a wine barrel BBQ, matched to five wines. After lunch the tour continues through to the Cromwell Basin and Bannockburn where we visit 2 more wineries, chosen on the day to suit your tastes.
PRICE: $265 per person
TIME: Pickup from 11:45am – Drop-off after 5pm
TOUR DETAILS: Visits 4 wineries, includes a degustation lunch and a bespoke food and wine pairing.
This is a combined sight-seeing and wine tour that is tailored to suit the tastes of everyone on board and includes many scenic stops to admire the view and capture the exceptional scenery of this world famous region. We typically start with a one and a half hour scenic drive over the Crown Range, stopping at a number of scenic look-outs to admire the view, including stopping at the historic Cardrona Hotel.
The first winery is the world famous Rippon Winery in Wanaka (pictured left), after which we continue our drive through to the Cromwell Basin and Bannockburn where we have lunch. The tour includes a platter lunch of local and seasonal delights. After lunch we visit 2 more wineries and drive back to Queenstown through the stunning Kawarau Gorge.
*NB. Please Note this tour is not offered during the winter months (May – September).
PRICE: $235 per person
TIME: Pickup from 9:45am – Drop-off after 5pm
TOUR DETAILS: Sight-seeing and Wine tour – Includes a scenic drive over the epic Crown Range mountains stopping at multiple scenic lookouts and historical places. Visits 3 wineries and includes a seasonal tasting platter for lunch.
Only the best wine tours deserve the Reserve label and this private tour has it all. Private tastings at some of the finest wineries in the region plus an a-la-carte lunch with wine. You can meet winemakers and sample the region’s best wines. Optional stops include an art gallery, scenic lookouts, and the historic Old Town in Cromwell. This tour can be fully customised to suit your preferences, and bookings in advance are essential.
PRICE: $385 per person
TIME: Pickup from 9:45am – Drop-off 5pm
TOUR DETAILS: Visits 3-4 wineries, Private Tour, Fully Customisable.