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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown
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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

By Appellation Wine Tours
Recommended by 96% of travelers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Duration: 330–420 minutes
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Live guide: English
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  • Match a glass of wine with your lunch
  • Wine tastings at a selected number of vineyards stated on each tour type
  • Bottled water
  • Knowledgeable Driver Guide with fascinating commentary
  • Courtesy hotel/port pick-up & drop-off (please contact us if yours is not listed).
  • Entry/Admission - Appellation Wine Tours
What's not included
  • Extra alcoholic drinks or wine purchases (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Please note we will provide you with an exact pickup time when you have chosen your hotel. If your hotel is not listed, please advise your accommodation details and we will get back to you with the nearest pick up point.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Infant seats available
        • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3663P3

        • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
        • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
        • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3663P3

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        • Appellation Wine Tours
          1,249
          Queenstown, New Zealand
          Joined in May 2008
        • anna m
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great trip!
          It was a great trip! Our guide was very knowledgeable on the wineries and the local history as we drove on our way out to gibbston valley. We only ended up having 4 on our trip so was almost a private tour 😊 Beautiful wineries and loved the wine cave! Was pretty awesome to see.
          Written June 17, 2024
        • BubblesCrook
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Central Otago is certainly the place for a Gourmet Food & Wine tour!
          I recently spent the day on the Gourmet Food & Wine tour from Queenstown. Alan was an excellent guide and driver. It was a small group of 3 people plus Alan. We visited a good selection of 4 wineries and lunch was included. It was nice to chauffeured around giving us time to view the spectacular scenery as well as being picked up and dropped off back at our hotels. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are visiting Queenstown.
          Written June 13, 2024
        • 909traceya
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wine, Whiskey and Gin - The Best Private Tour in Cardona
          Thank you for such a wonderful experience on our recent tour. We booked the Private Whiskey and Wine Tour over the long weekend. We have never done a private tour before and as the trip was gifted to us we were both a little apprehensive as we are usually very independent travellers so the thought of being driven round all day by someone we didn’t know was a bit daunting. We needn’t have worried as from the moment we met our driver Mason we could tell it was going to be just fine. He was a wonderful driver and was knowledgeable about the area and the places we were visiting. He was very easy to chat to and we both ended up having a great day. The car was spotless and very comfy, definitely luxurious. Thanks again.
          Written June 4, 2024
        • ross1418
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Very enjoyable day.
          Great tour from start to finish. Tour guide John was very knowledgeable and entertaining. All vineyards visited were excellent and informative, lunch was delicious. We highly recommend this tour.
          Written June 4, 2024
        • Tigerram
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent limited size wine tour
          An excellent small group tour (12 persons) which took in 4 vineyard tastings (Rockburn, Wild Earth, Te Kano, Mt Rosa) and lunch (at Wild Earth). The vineyards all had their own memorable wines and environments, with helpful and informative hosts at each. The lunch was to be a charcuterie board but as this was a public holiday the itinerary had to be adjusted and we benefited from a hot food platter served at Wild Earth. This included beef, pork and salmon, accompanied by three matched wine selections and sides of potato and salad. It was an excellent surprising upgrade to Premium lunch. Our driver John was informative throughout, not only regarding the vineyards but also some local history too. An excellent tour, highly recommended. The only caveat is that the small coach has poor suspension and the roads are winding and taken at the speed limit - if you suffer from travel sickness then you should prepare appropriately.
          Written June 3, 2024
        • 521dions
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Unreal tour
          The wineries visited had exceptional flavours, lunch at stoked was delicious and totally amazing and the guide Doug (John), well, having lived in Queenstown for 36yrs of his 46yrs was excellent and represented NZ and the tour company extremely well. Totally recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
          Written May 28, 2024
        • Discover45281270846
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Worth it
          Lindsey was an excellent driver/guide. Being a local he was always happy to talk about the region and it was a pleasure to have him take us round the different wineries
          Written May 24, 2024
        • SusanR636
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent fun with great scenery, wine and transport
          just 5 people in two groups on the tour. Our first vineyard host was french and whilst knowledgeable she simply chatted and made everything interesting and also fun. Transport around the vineyards was comfortable and included a bit of information about the area and other vineyards we passed on our tour. Lunch was excellent and at that stage everyone assumed we were one group we were getting on so well. At the last tasting we added a platter of cold meats and stayed a little past our scheduled time to play a little game of petanque. The driver very kindly labelled and stored all of our purchases and we just enjoyed the whole thing. Very good tour, very thoughtful driver and great wines. Oh, and good fellow tour friends.
          Written May 14, 2024
        • Stephanie C
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice wine and food tour
          We had Allan as a driver today. Great day on the road and amongst the vines. That will have to do for my one hundred words, yeh.
          Written May 14, 2024
        • Anonymous855
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Everything as advertised & more! Truly a gourmet event...
          I have been to many wine tastings being from California and I felt the tour company ensured we had a unique experience at each location, thank you. I am also fussy about my food and was delighted by the lunch...wow! That day we had goat meatballs on polenta, venison with a wine sauce, skin on salamon, pork and all sorts of veggies along with a flight of wines matched to the food. Our host was gracious and gave us 15 minutes to scoot around Arrowtown very quickly. Overall, I was quite pleased with this experience and recommend it amongst the many choices.
          Written April 30, 2024
        • pennymartin8882016
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day out
          Phil was fabulous he showed us some fabulous locations and we were very lucky that is was a stunning day. Great insider tips and we had a fantastic day
          Written April 29, 2024
        • Cruiser23035244653
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome Wine Tour
          Awesome tour! I went on the tour solo and had an amazing time. The wine was wonderful, food was delicious, and ride was great with the knowledgeable guide. He shared a lot of his knowledge on the area’s history and the wineries which kept the rides between wineries interesting. The tastings at each winery were also great with lovely staff. Highly recommend this wine tour! The food was a highlight as well, so good and awesome presentation.
          Written April 28, 2024
        • 43elyset
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wine and Smoked Fare
          This was one of the most interesting of the several wine tours we took in New Zealand. The wine was excellent and the vintners interesting, but the star of the tour was lunch at the Stoakery Restaurant: meats and vegetables cooked in repurposed wine barrels served with a selection of Wild Earth wines. A unique and very tasty experience.
          Written April 14, 2024
        • PattiJ515
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Helpful guide and good variation in wineries
          Our guide, Al, was very knowledgeable of the area and gave us wonderful insight about the vineyards we were visiting. Each of the wineries treated us with their best pours and helpful tasting notes. Lunch was a real treat, we asked for the vegetarian option and it was one for the best plates we had in NZ. Al also made sure everything operated well, even helping out at the meal and cheese tasting. I highly recommend this company for a tour.
          Written April 8, 2024
        • 226warwickm
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience.
          This trip was a great experience. We had Paul as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, welcoming and ensured we had a great time. The wineries were lovely and the food was great. Would highly recommend.
          Written April 4, 2024
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        Sue
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Gary drove us to 3 beautiful wineries. First we arrived at bold hills. The next one was Gibbston and the last one was kinross which had my favorite wines. Really enjoyed Gary’s knowledge and hospitality. He made sure we had a great afternoon!!!
        Written March 3, 2021
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        Juan M
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2021 • Couples
        Gary the best tour guide ever! So knowledgeable!! We learnt so much about wines . Absolutely amazing ! Highly recommended! Thank you Gary !
        Written June 3, 2021
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        swilliams0177
        Queenstown, New Zealand4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour,

        Martin was really informative with a great personality. Loved the trip and the wine. Also we saw goats on the trip. Goats are dope. Therefore Martin is dope.
        Written March 3, 2019
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        andydmi
        Washington DC, DC37 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2018 • Friends
        The small group was fun and interesting people, from all over and our guide, Gavin, was not only fun and interesting, but knew the history the people and the wines
        We got a great exposure to the various vineyards and the vintners as well.
        Well worth the time and cost.
        Written October 22, 2018
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        Inspire54686620736
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2024 • Couples
        Great tour guide, good food and wine. Knowledgeable of culture and history. Food was outstanding and paired to wines impeccable!
        Written June 10, 2024
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        Ronna D
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Couples
        We did a VIP tour of selected wineries we wanted to visit. They made it happened for a better price than others we contacted! Thanks making Lance's Dream Wine Tour a success!
        Written May 27, 2024
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        Michael C
        Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Couples
        Great driver, very knowledgeable, good choice of vineyards and luckily a nice group. Phoebe the wine dog was a big hit at Brennan's.
        Written May 21, 2024
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        Dayle E
        Wollongong, Australia152 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023
        I loved this tour, we had a brilliant guide (Martin), with so much knowledge of the area and wines. I would definitely recommend this small group tour - 100% - much better than a big impersonal bus!
        Written January 29, 2023
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        Hi Dayle Really appreciate your feedback and great to hear you loved your small group Appellation wine tour. Your comments have been passed to the amazing Martin also. We hope to welcome you out again in the future. Kind regards. Lise
        Written February 14, 2023
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        Lucky Right
        Nairobi, Kenya48 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Kept canceling bookings with no reason
        . Booked for 29th Jan, they cancelled. Booked 30th they cancelled. Disappointing after paying $721 in each occasion. Don’t waste your time
        Written January 23, 2023
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        Kia ora Chris, I'm sorry we were not able to take your booking at such short notice. When you first called, we advised you that we did not have availability. Then you proceeded to book online which meant we still had to cancel. The booking system should not have let you book and I do apologise for this and have rectified the problem.
        Written February 6, 2023
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        Deb G
        aukland20 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We did the boutique wine tour and really enjoyed it Gaza was a fantastic driver we felt very safe and he had excellent knowledge but also allowed time for peace and quiet which was appreciated
        Written April 29, 2022
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