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“A wine lovers dream”
Review of Wanaka Wine Tours

Wanaka Wine Tours
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$145.27*
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka
Ranked #2 of 10 Food & Drink in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wanaka Wine Tours has been in operation since 2001. It is the original wine touring company in and around Wanaka. We take you to the best places to sample award winning wines and to hear the local stories. As we travel our friendly and knowledgeable guides will tell you tales and stories of the people and land as you enjoy the stunning scenery. Lake Wanaka is the worlds first protected lifestyle reserve. It is a very special place and we look forward to sharing it with you.
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“A wine lovers dream”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This was my husbands 50 th birthday trip and I decided to book a wine tour after so many years of being put off by the thought of pretentious wine conasoirs..! However,we were met by john, who , in a nutshell was a charming , informative, proffesional. Nothing was too for much for him. He made two novices feel very comfortable and at ease. The wine tasting was fabulous but john made it all the more special by throwing in an added tour with friendliness . Fantastic !!

Visited July 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Wanaka Wine Tours, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Hi there
John is over the moon with your kind words!! WOW, thank you so much for your feedback. We are all about showcasing our wonderful wines and scenery in a relaxed and personal environment with a friendly driver at the wheel. Great to know you had a great day and hope your husband enjoyed his 50th! Thank you again. Regards Mark Orbell (owner Wanaka Wine Tours)
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Portage, Michigan
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Lovely people, views, and wines!”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We booked last minute (the night before) for a tour and they were so nice working it out for us. Our guide was Steve and he did a great job. He was friendly, organized, relaxed and happy to let us pick the pace, and had lots of information and stories for us. The wineries were all unique, and the people there were very friendly and happy to spend time with us. Overall, it was just a fantastic way to spend an afternoon after a couple weeks of tramping.

Visited April 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Wanaka Wine Tours, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi there. We're so pleased you enjoyed your afternoon with Stephen !! Thank you so much for your kind words. So what was your favourite Pinot??? Thanks again. regards
Mark Orbell (owner)
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River Falls, WI
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“Wine Mecca”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We had arranged for a wine tour of central Ortega wines even though my husband "hates" tours. We were picked up at our rural accommodation exactly at the expected time and learned the tour was just the two us. John proved to be the most delightful companion, knowledgeable and shared tidbits about the region and even identified a tree I had seen on a previous day just by my description. He pointed out sights and identied lakes and the Clutha river as we drove to the wineries. We were able to stop for photo opportunities.

Oh, and the wine! We were treated to tasting at six wineries. All of them were expecting us and greeted John as he I introduced us making for a fun,easy experience. We enjoyed a platter lunch at Carrick's, and a short stop at the historic Cromwell buildings.

This wine adventure would not have been possible without the tour. I highly recommend this if you want to experience and learn about the regional wines.

Visited November 2012
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Wanaka Wine Tours, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
So glad you enjoyed your day with John, he is a mine of local knowledge and having him identify a plant only by your description is no surprise to me. We only employ the best!!! As you rightly point out it is far more than just a wine tour you really get a true appreciation of the Central Otago region's history, heritage, flora and fauna aswell. Hope you enjoy the rest of your NZ holiday and thank you once again for your very kind words. PS John is now looking for a raise after this review!! Regards Mark Orbell (owner)
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Absolutely wonderful!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

We were picked up at 1pm from our motel for the half day tour by Steve. There was only 2 of us but he never made us feel as if he was just going through the motions - quite the opposite. He went out of his way to make sure we had a great afternoon. He took us to some excellent wineries where we were warmly welcomed each time, told us snippets about the area as we went, helped carry our purchases to the van , helped us to get them sent home at the last winery and delivered us back to our accommodation at 6pm. in short he was the perfect host. We had a wonderful afternoon which was worth every cent we paid. If you are interested in discovering central Otago wines, give Wanaka Wine Tours a go. Highly recommended!

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adventurewanaka, Owner at Wanaka Wine Tours, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
HI there
Thank you so much for those kind words. Stephen is a great guide, he is really passionate about wine and the Central Otago region. We are very very lucky to have these quality wines right on our door step!! thank you again. Regards Mark Orbell (owner)
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