Volcanic Hills Winery
Volcanic Hills Winery
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 open daily from noon (closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday). 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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  • ntjsmith2016
    Marrickville, Australia323 contributions
    Sensational Volcanic Hills Wine Experience
    What a delightful setting. Beautiful wines and sensational tasting provided by very friendly staff. While the younger family enjoyed the luge we enjoyed the tasting experience provided by Volcanic Hills! Five terrific wines. Sav Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. All beautiful wines - my favourite was the Syrah! Classic wine!
    Thank you for taking your time to write such a lovely review and delighted you found us and enjoyed the wines. Hope to host you again some time.
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Questovia
    Wells, Maine1,171 contributions
    Great Experience
    Great experience with a fantastic view. Must say it was the first time I ever took a gondola ride to get to a winery. Everything about the day was great fun. We ordered a cheese board to accompany our tasting. Not a huge fan of the wines, but it was still definitely an experience I wont forget because it was so delightful.
    Thanks for taking the time to write a review and so pleased you enjoyed your visit despite not being (we are hoping...) a wine drinker. Safe travels!
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Dee W
    2 contributions
    MUST see
    The two girls working here, Carmen and Paige are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They’re so kind and knowledgable. I did the wine tasting (which is very affordable). I was there for over an hour and a half and saw them interact with each person who came in with the same enthusiasm, kindness and joy. They are true ambassadors for the brand. They have so much knowledge on the wines and a passion for the history. I was debating doing the Skyline Gondala as I didn’t have any interest in doing the buggy’s at the top of the swing but I am so glad that I did go and that I found the wine tasting :) The wine and the views are absolutely breathtaking.
    Delighted that you found us and had such a great time. We are so fortunate with our team and we have passed on your comments. Thanks for sharing you kind review. Safe travels.
    Written 27 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2023
  • KJD
    Leander, Texas6 contributions
    Rewarding experience with magical view
    The view, the wines and Larissa were amazing. The ride up on the gondola and lake view felt like you were in another world. Our guide Larissa took time to learn our preferences and teach us more about the NZ wines and their regions. She could discern our palate to help us try something different too. Very enjoyable and learned so much. The knowledge will stick with you the rest of your time on the north island and also when you go back to the states to help make different and rewarding wine selections. Wish I had allotted more time here.
    Thanks for visiting us and so pleased you enjoyed the wine tasting experience. Delighted that you took away some tips about NZ wine to remember us all by. Safe travels!
    Written 10 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Kgeldersma
    Lowell, Michigan10 contributions
    Wine and Luge
    Carmen was great presenting the wine samples to us. We all became instant friends. The wine was very good and we enjoyed it. After drinking the wine we did the Luge ride! It was fantastic for us upper 60 folks, WOW!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review - we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us, and that you checked out the luge too!
    Written 10 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Nicole Onodi
    Stuttgart, Germany17 contributions
    Wine tasting
    I came for the wine tasting and it was an amazing experience. First of all the view is breathtaking. Graham was my sommelier and he is really the best. He presented the wines perfectly and I really enjoyed hearing more about New Zealand’s wines. Amazing experience. Wouldn't be the same without Graham - good job. I had an amazing time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Brian S
    10 contributions
    Surprisingly good time
    One of the most underrated places/events we experienced (next to Waiheke island). Saw it somewhere so knew it existed and because we had some time to kill after a late arrival in town we headed up the Gondola for the view and figured it couldn't hurt to do a little wine tasting. Well the view is spectacular of the lake and island et al and lo and behold the wine was surprisingly good. Maybe we were parched and maybe we had low expectations since this didn't show up on a lot of lists of things to do but we thought the Pinot Gris, the Sauvignon Blanc and the Syrah we great and even bought bottles of the SB and Syrah for later.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 January 2024
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Christopher M
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
Absolutely amazing experience. Brent was extremely informative and a great person. The wine is excellent and they can ship directly to you.
Written 28 January 2024
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Brian S
Irvine10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
One of the most underrated places/events we experienced (next to Waiheke island). Saw it somewhere so knew it existed and because we had some time to kill after a late arrival in town we headed up the Gondola for the view and figured it couldn't hurt to do a little wine tasting. Well the view is spectacular of the lake and island et al and lo and behold the wine was surprisingly good. Maybe we were parched and maybe we had low expectations since this didn't show up on a lot of lists of things to do but we thought the Pinot Gris, the Sauvignon Blanc and the Syrah we great and even bought bottles of the SB and Syrah for later.
Written 19 January 2024
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Nicole Onodi
Stuttgart, Germany17 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I came for the wine tasting and it was an amazing experience. First of all the view is breathtaking. Graham was my sommelier and he is really the best. He presented the wines perfectly and I really enjoyed hearing more about New Zealand’s wines. Amazing experience. Wouldn't be the same without Graham - good job. I had an amazing time.
Written 2 January 2024
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JacobFDC
Washington DC, DC276 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We purchased the gondola and wine tasting tickets. There was great views and the wine was good. We were able to try 5 wines and learned a lot about NZ wine.
Written 27 December 2023
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Kgeldersma
Lowell, MI10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Carmen was great presenting the wine samples to us. We all became instant friends. The wine was very good and we enjoyed it. After drinking the wine we did the Luge ride! It was fantastic for us upper 60 folks, WOW!
Written 7 December 2023
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review - we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us, and that you checked out the luge too!
Written 10 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

KJD
Leander, TX6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The view, the wines and Larissa were amazing. The ride up on the gondola and lake view felt like you were in another world. Our guide Larissa took time to learn our preferences and teach us more about the NZ wines and their regions. She could discern our palate to help us try something different too. Very enjoyable and learned so much. The knowledge will stick with you the rest of your time on the north island and also when you go back to the states to help make different and rewarding wine selections. Wish I had allotted more time here.
Written 17 November 2023
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Thanks for visiting us and so pleased you enjoyed the wine tasting experience. Delighted that you took away some tips about NZ wine to remember us all by. Safe travels!
Written 10 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Libby
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent wine tasting. Views and wines and service surpassed expectations. Highly recommend spending time to enjoy the ambiance.
Written 23 August 2023
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Thanks for visiting us and so pleased you enjoyed your time with us! Wishing you safe travels.
Written 27 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tiani S
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you’re ever considering the skyline gondolas, make sure to call in to the Volcanic Hills Wine tasting room. An amazing experience all-round with super friendly and knowledgeable staff! Special shoutout to Carmen who went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed ourselves while sharing her passion and love of all things wine! A definite must!
Written 18 August 2023
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Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and then to post your review - we have passed on your praises to Carmen. Wishing you safe travels and hope you will return one day.
Written 27 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dee W
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
The two girls working here, Carmen and Paige are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They’re so kind and knowledgable. I did the wine tasting (which is very affordable). I was there for over an hour and a half and saw them interact with each person who came in with the same enthusiasm, kindness and joy.
They are true ambassadors for the brand. They have so much knowledge on the wines and a passion for the history.
I was debating doing the Skyline Gondala as I didn’t have any interest in doing the buggy’s at the top of the swing but I am so glad that I did go and that I found the wine tasting :)
The wine and the views are absolutely breathtaking.
Written 4 July 2023
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Delighted that you found us and had such a great time. We are so fortunate with our team and we have passed on your comments. Thanks for sharing you kind review. Safe travels.
Written 27 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JDVD
3 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This place is so great! The view is super pretty and the staff is friendly. Paige was very knowledgeable about the wines and was so fun to talk to. Thank you for being so warm and welcoming! The wine tasting was delicious!
Written 4 June 2023
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Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to post a review. So pleased you had a fabulous time with us. Safe travels!
Written 27 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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