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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 5.5-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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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 (5.5 Hours): Enjoy a spectacular afternoon enjoying boutique vineyards as you take in the breath-taking scenery of the Central Otago Wine region. Visit 2 different vineyards in the region, typically in Gibbston and Bannockburn/Cromwell. Be spoiled with a gourmet platter lunch and learn about the history of the stunning and diverse region. Lunch and tastings included in the price.

Gourmet Wine Tour (7 Hours): Visit 5 vineyards in Gibbston and Bannockburn/Cromwell and enjoy a fascinating tour through New Zealand’s wine cave. Snack on a mid-morning cheese tasting in the vineyard garden, before feasting on a gourmet platter lunch at a stunning location in the Bannockburn/Cromwell region. Lunch and all tastings are included in the tour price.

Customer Reviews

Holly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Martin was an awesome guide! Not only did he know his wine, he also shared a lot of highlights about the Central Otago region in general throughout the day. Our trip started at Waitiri Creek in the Gibbston Valley, a beautiful family-owned winery in an old Presbyterian Church on a gorgeous piece of property. Then on to Wild Earth in Cromwell for lunch of New Zealand favorites with five wine pairings. Domain Road in Bannockburn was a true highlight for me, and Peregrine Winery to round out the day. There were only 6 people in our group, making the experience very personalized. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who enjoys wine!

Mariana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely fabulous day - one of our highlights in New Zealand. Our group was small, the transport comfortable, our guide friendly and knowledgeable, and the food and wine was delicious! Highly recommend!

Matt R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great experience with 4 boutique wineries. The drive between the vineyards were full of interesting information about the region. The tour wound up being quite small on our day with just the two of us attending. It likely won't always be that way but highly recommend!

Anna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was great. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable on all things wine. Each winery was unique and lunch was incredible. Great all over experience. Highly recommend!

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

robdoy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Each winery provided us with samples of a variety of their beautiful wines along with information regarding the growing of these wines and about the winery itself. Lunch was absolutely beautiful as was the scenery throughout the entire day. Being part of a small group was also great and allowed you a more intimate experience.

strugatch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent guide, wonderful selection of wineries, fantastic plate lunch with amazing views. Highly recommend this tour!

Denise L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour, great guide, great wines.

Steven H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Incredibly accommodating and very informative. We fell in love with Central Otaga wine country!

vivienne960

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent. Simon was a great, informative guide it was good to visit smaller wineries.

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