Travel to three different tasting rooms with a friendly guide, participate in a distillery tour, listen to local stories, and taste gins and other locally distilled spirits, including vodkas, whiskeys, and liqueurs.
Your Altitude Gin Journey Begins
This 6-hour Gin Tour departs Queenstown in the early afternoon. Your friendly guide will meet you at or near your Queenstown accommodation and from here, we will explore Cardrona, Arrowtown, and Queenstown, showcasing a talented range of distillers who use our unique environment to produce some of the smoothest and top award-winning spirits in New Zealand and around the world.
We’ll start with an iconic & scenic drive up the Crown Range road to our first stop at The Cardrona Distillery. This is our educational stop for the day, upon arrival you will be greeted with a Gin & Tonic, and then the Cardrona Distillery staff will take you on a tour through the distillery to learn about the history of their label and educate you on how Gin is made. Finishing in the private tasting room to not only taste the Gin they produce but their other award-winning spirits and liqueurs.
The Winery Tasting Room
Second stop for the tour is in the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. At The Winery sample three NZ gins accompanied with a tonic or soda while enjoying shared cheese platters packed with Whitestone cheeses, breads, olive oil & dukkah. If you would like to pause on the gins you can exchange your gin tasting for wines as The Winery have over 80 bottles of wines available to sample in their top of the line tasting machines.
The Gin Garden by Broken Heart Spirits
Lastly, we head to Arthurs Point to The Gin Garden by Broken Heart Spirits. Here, you’ll experience a hosted tasting where you’ll learn about the brand’s history and savour the flavours of their multiple award-winning local gins. Indulge in more light food, including a German-style tarte flambee. We aim to return to Queenstown around 6:30pm
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Experience the Unforgettable
This gin experience has been designed to offer a good mix of education, sightseeing, and fun. There is also flexibility to try other spirits such as vodka, whiskey, and wines throughout, if you want to balance your gin-take. Let us take you on New Zealand’s first gin tour and experience more with Altitude Tours.
As this is an afternoon tour we suggest having lunch before departure, you’ll be provided with a sharing platter and grazing food at a couple of locations.
Yes, however we know good counselors!
You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! Make sure to bring sun protection for those sunny days where you might want to enjoy outdoor tastings. For ideas on what NOT to wear check out our blog: What not to wear on a tour
This tour is R18 – unfortunately the locations do not take under 18’s.
We pick up from select hotels in Queenstown and the main bus stop routes in Queenstown town centre and along Frankton Road. When booking, type in your accommodation and it will suggest the closest bus stop. If it doesn’t come up just check in with us and we’ll let you know where is closest for you!
Minimum numbers for this tour is 4pax, and maximum is 14pax, so you’ll get a great small group experience!
Yes! All gin purchased is placed in the boot of the vehicle and passed over to you on completion of the tour so you can enjoy it after or later on your holiday.
We do not have any facilities to lift you into our vans, please get in touch to discuss your requirements, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Well, if that’s what you want then yes! All locations will have tonic and soda available to mix if you don’t think you can hack the straight gin all day, giving you the choice of how strong you want your drink.
Absolutely! Just get in touch with our team at [email protected] and we can put together a private tour for you.
You may still be able to join us! If you are a group of four or more, then reach out to our team as we may still be able to host you on your desired date.