Experiencing the magic of the Gibbston Region is a ‘must do’ for any visitor to Queenstown, this spectacular wine country is a popular destination for both tourists and Queenstown locals alike. Altitude Tours has thoughtfully created two equally enjoyable yet vastly different wine (and craft beer) tasting experiences with more than a dozen of the best wineries and cellar doors to choose from. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in our luxury Mercedes Sprinters while learning the history of the area and stories from our passionate team, and sampling a range of premium wines along the way.
Altitude is not just about wine, we also run half day scenic tours to Glenorchy from Queenstown. Take in the majestic sights of the lake and mountains on the 50 minute drive out of town where you will visit the quaint township of Glenorchy, Paradise and stunning Diamond Lake. There’s numerous photo opportunities and stops where you’ll learn about the history of the region and local Maori culture and there’s also time for you “Middle Earth’ fans to visit some epic Lord of the Rings film locations.
The 5 hour Wine Sampler departs Queenstown at 10am and returns by 3pm. A classic and fun wine tour visiting four of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors, including a visit to New Zealand’s famous Gibbston Valley underground wine cave. Sample at least 18 spectacular cool climate wines, a selection of local cheeses and an optional scrumptious lunch, whilst your charismatic guide and knowledgeable cellar staff educate and amuse you with local wine making facts and stories. Travel in style with door to door transfers in a new Mercedes van, enjoy complimentary WIFI and bottled water onboard, and at the end of your Queenstown wine tour take home a branded wine glass; a gift from Altitude Tours for choosing the best wine tour in Queenstown.
The 3.5 hour Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour departs central Queenstown at 3.45pm and returns by 7:15pm. Less traditional wine tour, more fun and entertaining late afternoon taste bud adventure! Visit three unique cellar doors and enjoy a minimum 12 wine or beer tastings and antipasto platters to share. Now here’s the twist, if beer is more your thing then swap the wine tastings for local craft beers instead. We aim to please! The best part is, this awesome Queenstown wine and craft beer tour departs at 3.45pm, meaning you can still go skiing or bungy jumping in the morning or even fly in from out of town. Guaranteed to have fun, taste some amazing local wines or craft beer and make some cool new friends on the way!
With complimentary hotel transfers (Sampler tour only) and two daily departures operating 12 months of the year, there’s an Altitude wine tour to suit everyone’s travel itinerary. So whether you are an adventure junkie wanting to recharge your batteries after endless days of play, an avid sightseer hunting more jaw dropping views or a wine enthusiast eager to taste some world class New Zealand wines, a Queenstown wine tour with Altitude is a must.
Cellar doors we visit:-
Gibbston Valley | Kinross | Waitiri Creek | Akarua | Mt Rosa | Chard Farm | Wild Earth | Wooing Tree | Carrick | Mt Difficulty | Amisfield | Felton Road
No visit to Queenstown is complete without a trip to the picturesque Glenorchy, located about 50 minutes away at the head of lake Wakatipu. Start the tour off with pick up from Central Queenstown and travel in style to Glenorchy in our luxury Mercedes Sprinter vans on one of the World’s top 10 most scenic roads.
Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and is the home to what many say is New Zealand’s best hidden scenery and not to mention Middle earth magic. This rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or just want to see the absolutely amazing scenery Glenorchy has to offer, this tour is not to be missed. In your tour, visit numerous scenic locations and learn about Glenorchy and it’s Maori history. Included in this tour is time in the quaint township of Glenorchy to check out the local sites, wharf, shops and hidden local gems. After that you will continue on to beautiful Paradise, stunning Diamond Lake and stop off at a stunning bush location where Lord of The Rings was filmed. Why not pose as a Lord of the Rings character with our on board costumes while you’re there!
On this entertaining and informative half day tour you will travel in complete luxury in our brand new Mercedes vans equipped with free wifi, complimentary bottled water. They offer unparalleled comfort and are fully equipped with all the mod cons you could possibly need, including the latest Where wolf Ipad technology and our unique on board videos. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and secret spots our local local guides will show you.
For a full day of fun and decadence why not combine a morning Glenorchy and Paradise Tour with a Twilight Wine and Craft Beer tour.
There is no shortage of stunning views, places to see and activities to tick off in Queenstown. And unless you plan on staying for a year, you can’t possibly see and do everything. However, as a minimum, we believe that no trip to Queenstown is complete without taking in some incredible views, visiting charming Arrowtown, sampling some tasty local wine and at least observing some of the most popular adventure activities Queenstown is famous for. Here at Altitude, we have hand-picked what we believe are the top local spots and combined them into an epic, half day sightseeing experience.
Start the tour off with a pick up from central Queenstown and travel in style in our luxury Mercedes vans to an observation point where you can take in one of the best panoramic views in Queenstown. After capturing some incredible photos, your next stop is the quaint old gold mining township of Arrowtown. On the twenty minute scenic drive from Queenstown the tour will pass over the narrow Edith Cavell bridge and the Shotover River below where you’ll catch a glimpse of the world famous Shotover Jet boat whizzing past. Free time in Arrowtown allows a browse through the shops, perhaps a delicious gourmet pie from the local bakery or you might even find your fortune gold panning at the historic Dudley’s cottage.
Travel then to Gibbston for a scenic stop and a brief visit to the world’s first commercial bungy operation started by AJ Hackett himself in the mid 80’s. Suspended over the Kawarau river, the bungy bridge offers some very entertaining spectating opportunities. The region is also home to some Middle-earth magic (Lord of the rings film locations) and becoming increasingly famous for its world class cold climate wine.
Next stop is Stoneridge estate, a beautiful castle like cellar door with exquisite gardens and jaw dropping views over Lake Hayes and to the mountains beyond. Here you’ll have the opportunity to do some wine tasting (non-alcoholic substitutes available) and enjoy a shared cheeseboard.
And we’re not finished there, on the way back to Queenstown transfer from land to lake, with a picturesque thirty minute scenic boat cruise on Lake Wakatipu, ending your tour at the wharf in the heart of town. On this entertaining and informative half day tour you will travel in unparalleled comfort with our luxury vehicles playing unique on board videos through a drop down tv screen and complimentary wifi onboard. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery our local guides will show you.
Stoneridge Estate Gibbston Valley, Queenstown