Welcome to NZ’s first gin tour. In the 1980’s it was wine, then craft beer and now the gin-dustry is making its mark in Central Otago. The climate and alpine conditions are perfect for developing pure, smooth gins – let us take you on a journey into the world of gin. See how it is distilled, learn about gin, taste gin, graze and take in the best scenery and sightseeing all bundled into one unique and finely curated gin experience.
This 6 hour gin experience departs Queenstown daily at 1pm and returns at 7pm. You will be picked up from your accommodation in one of our premium Mercedes vehicles by your guide and transported to our first location, the Cardrona Distillery. This beautiful distillery is located a few minutes past the famous Cardrona Pub and opposite the entrance to the Cardrona ski field. Here you will be taken through a full sensory, tactile tour of the facilities including gin & spirits tastings in the private tasting room.
Your next stop is an easy drive down the Crown Range into Arrowtown, to visit a wonderful cellar door experience called ‘The Winery’ where you will have a self-guided experience, using the knowledge you have just gained to select your gin tasting paddle along with shared grazing boards. There will be time here for you to buy an additional drink, whether that be gin, wine, cocktail, beer or other. This location has the largest range of wines in all of Queenstown and is a delight to walk through and explore.
The last stop is a 15-minute journey to Arthurs Point where we visit the “Gin Garden by Broken Heart Spirits”. Here you will be guided through a range of local Broken Heart gins in a private room with traditional German Tarte Flambee to share.
This gin experience has been designed to be a nice mix of education, sightseeing and fun. It is perfect for couples, groups and there is some flexibility to try other spirits such as vodka, whiskey and of course wines throughout if you want to balance or restrict your gin intake.
This tour runs daily but needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, the minimum number of people required to run the tour is 4 people.
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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 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 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.