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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:5 or 7 hrs

Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown

Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at least four boutique wineries during a 5-hour tour, or upgrade to a 7-hour itinerary that includes cheese tasting and a visit to New Zealand's largest underground wine cave. You’ll drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.


  • Central Otago wine tour from Queenstown
  • Journey into the heart of Central Otago, a region famous for its cool-climate wines, spectacular scenery and pioneering history
  • Choose the gourmet tour that includes cheese tasting or the boutique tour to visits some of the smaller wineries of Central Otago
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 people provides an intimate experience and ensures personal attention from your guide

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Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown

Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown

This Central Otago small-group wine tour takes you from your Queenstown hotel into the heart of the South Island wine region to taste some of New Zealand's finest wines. Considered one of the world's premier cool-climate wine regions, Central Otago boasts high-quality varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.

A knowledgeable guide escorts you by comfortable coach to four or five boutique wineries for tastings and a gourmet platter lunch, before hotel drop-off in Queenstown. Upgrade to include a local cheese tasting and take a tour of New Zealand's largest underground wine cave. See below for sample itineraries.

Boutique Wine Tour (5 Hours):
Start at Peregrine Vineyard for a wine tasting as you appreciate the eye-catching architecture. Next up is Carrick Winery for lunch and additional wine tasting, followed by more sampling at Felton Road or Mt Difficulty Vineyard. End at Van Asch Winery and visit the historical precinct of Old Cromwell Town if time permits.

Gourmet Wine Tour (7 Hours):
Start at Gibbston Valley Winery for a wine tasting and tour of the underground wine cave. A scenic drive takes you past Kawarau Gorge to Olssens of Bannockburn for a wine and local cheese tasting in a garden setting. Walk around Old Cromwell before eating lunch at Northburn, a high-country sheep station and vineyard. You’ll sample more wine at the family-run Aurum Wines and Chard Farm, with an optional seasonal visit to a local orchard market. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Throughly enjoyed this tour. It was a small group and we visited some excellent wineries. Martin our tour guide was very friendly, helpful and provided lots of interesting information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Martin was excellent. His commentary on the history and culture of the area as well as the flora and fauna added to our appreciation of the vineyards and the wines we tasted. Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

David was the perfect host, very knowledgeable and would have no hesitation in recommending the tour to others. Question: was anyone unwell after the trip?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was interesting and informative. An eye opener and good trip to learn our NZ wines. We like the Amisfield vineyard and winery the best but all of them were unique in their own way. We would also like to recommend that if you go on this tour to request to pick Paul as your tour guide he's cool


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is a wonderful wine tour through the most beautiful countryside. Very generous with wine tastings. All four wineries were first class but all differed from each other. Lunch was basically a large tasting plate between three to four people. Definitely a must.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Nice sized tour group lead by a very knowledgeable and personable guide, David. Great wines representing boutique and larger vineyards. The lunch at Carrick was delicious and the view and grounds lovely!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Love it. Great guide and great experience. Can't recommend it enough

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a simply fantastic experience on this tour! Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and the wineries we traveled to served some excellent wines. I highly recommend doing this tour when you're in Queenstown!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Fantastic tour. Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A great way to sample this region's wines. We visited four wineries and tasted a variety of their wines, mostly Pinot Noir but also some white wines. In one of the wineries we had a nice lunch featuring local produce. The guide was knowledgeable and quite friendly. Highly recommended.

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