Volcanic Hills Winery

Volcanic Hills Winery, Rotorua: Hours, Address, Volcanic Hills Winery Reviews: 5/5

Volcanic Hills Winery
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Rotorua has a unique wine experience in its tourism repertoire with Volcanic Hills Winery. The winery where we make the wine is at the base of Skyline Rotorua, however you will need to take the Skyline Gondola up to the Volcanic Hills Tasting Room. Currently only open Friday and Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm and Sundays from noon until 5pm. Do arrive at the gondola terminal an hour before closing to ensure you have time to enjoy the Gondola ride and your tasting before we close. Come up and drink the view overlooking Lake Rotorua. Please note we are closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday each year. We open at 1pm on 25th April each year.
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LoisD96
Auckland Central, New Zealand117 contributions
Surprising and great
Jun 2021
Took family up on the Gondola to view the Luge and other activities at the top. Cold day so retreated inside the Gondala building. Came upon Volcanic Wines and decided to try a wine tasting. Great venue as you could look over the Gondola and see greater Rotorua. Brent was on site to charm us with stories of why his wines were unique. We went through the whole gambit and then decided to order a couple of platters to make the occasion more enjoyable. We felt very welcome and had great service. Would definitely call again
Written 3 July 2021
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Sam R
Queenstown, New Zealand13 contributions
Buy the socks
Jun 2021 • Business
Wine was ok - host had character not my cup of tea tho, didn’t hate the experience he was just hosting so many groups it was hard to really enjoy yourself and want a glass of the preferred one at the end if he’s busy doing everything.
Written 27 June 2021
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Nicky W
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Truly fabulous wine tasting
Jun 2021
The best wine tasting I've ever had the pleasure of doing. Brent was a fabulous host - very knowledgeable and absolutely hilarious, truly made it an amazing experience for us. The wines were fantastic, views gorgeous. Had to take some wine home with us to continue our great experience. Can't wait to do it again. Highly recommend.
Written 27 June 2021
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Clare B
3 contributions
Wine tasting
May 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our wine tasting with great views of Rotorua (after the gondola ride and some lugeing)! Pinot Gris and the optional fortified wine addition were the highlights for me - delicious wedges too! Our host gave us a wealth of information about the wines we tasted, as well as interesting tidbits about wine in general. Picked up a couple of bottles for later!
Written 9 May 2021
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HAAMR
13 contributions
Great wine, great views
Mar 2021 • Family
We took the kids up to the luge for the day and discovered Volcanic hill Winery when we got there! Larissa was a fantastic host, wines up for tasting were equally as good and so was the food! Definitely worth the visit!
Written 26 March 2021
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Eddy B
London, UK1 contribution
Great wine tasting up the top of the skyline
Jan 2021 • Couples
Had the 5 wine tasting with Larissa, she was extremely friendly and knowledgable. The wine was delicious and views are outstanding. Highly recommend for any wine lovers in rotorua
Written 18 January 2021
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand677 contributions
Best Wine tasting experience ever (inlcuding overseas experiences)
Sep 2020
We had a couple of hours to kill so went up the gondola with the intention of having a coffee at the top and enjoying the view. We wandered into Volcanic Hills Winery and met Brent after that we have one of the most informative and enjoyable hour and a half of wine tasting and learning we have ever had. Very slow day and we were the only ones there Brent was very welcoming and I believe happy to see someone. He clearly knew his stuff and put to beds some misconceptions I had about wine and port he showed interest in us and we shared some overseas experiences. When I was researching Rotorua on TA I was surprised VHW was rated number 1 thing to do, I now know why am nearly 60 years old have been to wine tastings in many places inside and outside of New Zealand...go see Brent and by some of their great wines/port.
Written 13 September 2020
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Sarah Donovan
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Mulled Wine and Wine Tasting
Jul 2020 • Couples
Yummy mulled wine and great views from Volcanic Hills wine tasting bar at Skyline - thank you for a very relaxing interlude after the luge :)
Written 15 July 2020
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Thanks Sarah for taking the time to post a review - we are so pleased you popped in!
Written 21 August 2020
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Mechelle M
Lower Hutt, New Zealand288 contributions
Excellent experience
Jun 2020 • Couples
Our daughter in London bought us a voucher for the winery so we went for a visit on a Friday lunch. We were warmly greeted by owners Larissa and Brent , had a table with an amazing view,and had excellent food and wine. We spent quality time with Brent getting some great education on wines and learnt about tasting etc. We had a fantastic visit and highly recommend this winery / experience. Thanks Larissa and Brent for your great hospitality!
Written 12 June 2020
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Thanks Mechelle for taking the time to write such a lovely review - we are delighted your daughter sent you! We hope you'll return on your next visit to Rotorua - with her perhaps....
Written 13 June 2020
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GraemeSNZ
Rotorua, New Zealand140 contributions
Excellent tasting, beautiful location, wonderful views...
Mar 2020
Never been a fan of Sauv Blanc (too astringent, too often) so skeptic's hat on when this was the 1st up. OK, so in the case of Brent Park's SV I am very wrong.
Flavourful, well-balanced.
Expert advice and information from then on - chardonnay, next. Again, confounding expectations, hint of oak but not in the overpowering way that a lot of Kiwi Chards express themselves.
Syrah, Pinot Noir and Rose followed. Same surprises (Syrah, lighter, PN a little heavier, both in a good way; Rose booming with strawberry).
Same impressive information on each.
Favourite? Well, surprise, SV.
Really nice space, airy and light. 2nd visit and just as welcoming.
Could've stayed all afternoon!
Written 5 March 2020
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Thanks Graeme for taking the time to write such a detailed review - so pleased you enjoyed our wines and we look forward to seeing you return.
Written 19 March 2020
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