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Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour – Full Day

Duration: Full Day
Time: 10am to 5:30pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, private guide, distillery tour and wine tastings
Additional: Lunch (various options based on your preference)

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour – Full 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.

Lunch Recommendations

We’re lucky to have some of the most outstanding gourmet dining, award-winning vineyards and charming local cafés in New Zealand. Lunch options can be tailored to suit every taste, leaving your palate singing!

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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 promises to leave taste buds singing (bookings recommended). Learn more


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 – Full Day