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Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour – Half Day

Duration: Half Day
Time: 1pm to 5:30pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, private guide and wine tastings

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour – Half Day

Taste award-winning wines from the Valley of the Vines and learn about the spirit-making process, from grain to glass, at a local family-owned artisan distillery.

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the spectacular Crown Range towards Cardrona. Sit back and enjoy the constantly evolving landscapes through rugged gorges and vast alpine plains from 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 full-day 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, soak up the sights and smells as malt is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and matured, before sampling 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.

Our local personal guides love to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Get in touch to customise your tour and ensure your Queenstown adventure is one to remember.


Cardrona Hotel

Established in 1863 the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic hotels and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era. We will stop here for a walk through the historic hotel and take that iconic photo shot before we have lunch at your choice of restaurant!

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour

Cardrona Hotel


Gibbston wine region

After lunch, we will journey through the Gibbston wine region which is also known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’ due to the vineyards being planted between the rugged schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge.

You will visit some of the top wineries and cellar doors in Gibbston and you will also discover and learn more about the Central Otago wines.

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour – Half Day