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Queenstown Highlights Tour
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Queenstown Highlights Tour

By Appellation Wine Tours
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Ages 5-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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  • Local Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Gibbston Valley Winery
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • If your hotel is not listed, simply write your hotel name in the notes section and we will respond with an exact pick-up time.
    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.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3663P6

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

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

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          Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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        • Appellation Wine Tours
          1,233
          Queenstown, New Zealand
          Joined in May 2008
        • 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 14 April 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 8 April 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 4 April 2024
        • Kiwitoad
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Whiskey and Wine tasting luxury tour - one not to miss
          My wife bought for me a Whiskey and Wine Tasting luxury tour. We were picked up from our hotel by John, who was wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable about the area we were travelling through. We went to the Cardrona Distillery for a personal tour of the distillation process and tasting afterwards, which was wonderfully delivered by the team at Cardrona. We then went to Kinross Vineyard's Celler Door which was representing 5 different vineyards followed by a food platter - all was amazing and well delivered by the local teams. Would highly recommend this tour.
          Written 3 April 2024
        • 147cindyc
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          One of the best wine tours I've been on around the world
          Outstanding food and wine tour with an amazingly interesting group of people and a extremely knowledgeable guide. The sommelier were fantastic too. This region is known to produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. I learned sooooo much ... and tasted MANY wines...in fact it was one of the most generous wine tours in terms of how many wines we tasted. We visited Gibbston Valley Winery, Akarua winery, Misha's Vineyard (this where we had the main food tasting which was seriously spectacular... my favorite food thus far on our trip), and Mt. Rosa Wines. A couple of my favorites from rhe day were the 2023 Pinot Rouge by Akarua, 2022 China Terrace by Gibbston.
          Written 30 March 2024
        • Alice K
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tasteful and fun day
          Tasteful and fun day visiting 4 smaller wineries, including having a very tasteful lunch at one of them. Traveling together with a small group of 10 people from several different countries was great.
          Written 21 March 2024
        • OnAir46783555542
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          You Must Do a this
          It was an awesome trip - so well worth the money - excellent knowledgeable driver and very warm welcomes from the vineyards - the food was outstanding
          Written 17 March 2024
        • DayTrip08932107756
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Over-rated but enjoyable
          An enjoyable day, led by Alan, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. But I did not appreciate until too late that the price was quoted in US and not New Zealand dollars until after I had paid. At circa £145, I did not think the day good value. The gourmet lunch was certainly not haute cuisine.
          Written 17 March 2024
        • A6095HDcatherines
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day out!
          A really great day out with a lovely, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Although we visited several wineries, the day never felt rushed. Lunch at The Stoaker was delicious. Being in a small group of around 10-12 was great as everyone got to know each other a little. Highly recommended.
          Written 17 March 2024
        • 462martinat
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great value, unique and special wines
          Great selection of wines. The last winery (Brennan) had some really unique and special wines and the best vibes. Bonus was the friendly winery dogs on site to welcome us. Our driver Al was friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. Lunch at Carrick winery was delicious, filling and good quality. Round trip transportation was included in the cost in addition to a tasting at each of the 4 wineries so great value for the price
          Written 11 March 2024
        • PTOwner15
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good tour if a little pricey
          Very nice tour. Gazza was a super guide and we tried some really nice wines. The lunch at the Stoaker Room was good but the wines were poorly presented there - we could have been drinking anything because the wine was put into glass jars without even a lip and we had to pour them ourselves. Tour was quite expensive compared to others we have been on but we still had a good time. Cheese and wine at Mount Rosa was very nice
          Written 10 March 2024
        • robinm891
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Must do Tour
          I highly recommend this tour to go off the beaten tourist spots in Queenstown. Instead we had a relaxing day with our guide Phil and wine. Phil was extremely firendly and easy going, making us feel right at home from the very start. I am more of a photographer than a wine connoisseur and Phil obligong stopped along the way for photo ops. The wineries we visited included Kinross, where we sampled 5 different vineyards wine. The last one, Wild Irishman Pinot Noir, was the star of the show. Only 150 cases per year are made of this. The winemaker who makes this built the first Winery here in the 1980s. Next, we had a tasting and lunch at Mt Difficult winery. Our lunch was delicious - included a chacuterie platter with pesto burrata, smoked salmon, prosciutto, venison salami, pickled vegetables, Baba Ghanoush, hummus, marinated olives, flat bread and breadsticks. The scenery above the vineyard reminded us of SW USA with its flat-topped buttes. We had 2 more wineries on the itinerary, but we nixed one. Our last vineyard was Te Kano, which was the most scenic. The tasting room was cantilevered out across the incredible landscape of the Kawarau River looking out to the mountains beyond. On the way back to Queenstown, Phil stopped at the site of where the original town of Cromwell had been before it was moved when the Clyde Dam was built, thus, flooding Cromwell's Main Street creating Lake Dunstan. A historic reproduction of the street commemorates it. Another Photo op was at The Roaring Meg power stations fed by the Roaring Meg Dam. Meg was a spirited and enterprising redhead during Ce ntral Otago's gold rush days in the 1860s, memorialized by this turbulent and photogenic section of the glacially fed Kawarau River. Phil gave us some hints for our next day drive to Wanaka, recommending Arrowtown and driving across the Crown Range. We thoroughly enjoyed both. Phil made this day special for us and his suggesstions for the next day were amazing!
          Written 10 March 2024
        • kimjK4668OO
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great wines and tour
          This was a great little trip to experience the region and some of the delicious wines. Tour guide was great and engaged well with the whole tour group. Wineries were beautiful and I wanted to stay at each one for a few hours.
          Written 6 March 2024
        • lizmc75
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome day out
          Awesome day out with John our guide. Had a great lunch at the Stoaker Room. Great dad jokes by our driver John. Amazing scenery and wineries-well worth doing
          Written 6 March 2024
        • DogloverWisconsin
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun wine tour
          Scheduled this solo while having free day from my tour group. So much fun. Punctual pickup. Friendly informative guide. I met people from different countries, something I had really been missing with my tour group. Everybody had a great time. The wines were amazing, the meal provided was unusual and delicious. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys good wines and some local history.
          Written 2 March 2024
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        Ted P
        Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2023 • Family
        Great trip. Steven was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to show us some extra things. End of review.
        Written 11 October 2023
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        Kelela
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2022 • Family
        Throughly enjoyed our tour.. Learnt so much from our guide about the history of Queenstown. Thank you Steven you're you're absolute legend 👍🏽 Awesome guide!!! Would definitely recommend.
        Written 5 January 2022
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        amelia
        Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2021 • Solo
        The team at Appelation were so accommodating and helpful. Had a great morning with Chris, he was super knowledgeable and I got to see so much of Queenstown on the most stunning of days
        Written 7 April 2021
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        Sally
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My friend and I enjoyed a very lovely morning with Vicki Robinson. We couldn't have asked for a more friendly and knowledgeable guide. Thank you Vicki for a morning well spent.
        Written 6 December 2019
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        We appreciate your kind words about Appellation Wine Tours and our brilliant staff! Thank you for taking the time to share.
        Written 9 December 2019
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