Cardrona Distillery
Cardrona Distillery
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
We are a small craft distillery nestled in the beautiful Cardrona valley. We produce traditional hand made spirits from malted barley, the time honoured way. We welcome you to come and visit us for a guided tour and tastings so we can share our traditional spirit making methods with you. We are open daily from 9.30am to 7pm with tours every hour from 10am to 3pm. We also run a Family Reserve Tour, from Tuesday - Friday from 10am-1pm. We have a delicious locally sourced food menu, which changes daily, book here to secure a table on the day you plan to visit
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Miles
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honeymoon must do
    My husband and I did the Distillery tour and tasting while we were away on Honeymoon and were really impressed with the hospitality provided by the team. We HIGHLY recommend taking the tour and tasting. We can't wait to come back and try the food too.
    Thanks for your stellar review, Leonie. We look forward to welcoming you back another time!
    Written 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Evan G
    New York101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place To Visit If You Are In The Wanaka Area
    We drove from Queenstown to Wanaka and heard about the distillery and decided to stop in for a tour and tasting. We frequently visit distilleries when we travel. We really enjoyed our visit. The setting is very nice and the story behind the distillery is interesting. The staff who greeted us and gave the tour and tasting were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed tasting the various spirits and especially liked the fruit based ones. We didn’t have time to eat but the food looked very tasty. A great time was had by all!
    Thanks for visiting! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience at the distillery.
    Written 30 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • jane502017
    Sydney, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour! A must!
    We had a wonderful experience on this tour! Peter did a fantastic job explaining the processes involved in making whisky, gin and vodka. We loved learning the history of the distillery and various aspects of its operation. The tour was one of the highlights of our time in Queenstown, and we then followed it with a great lunch at the Cardrona Hotel. Many thanks!
    Thanks for your review, Jane. Glad you had a fabulous time!
    Written 30 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • 275jas275
    Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do whilst in Wanaka
    A must do during a stay in Wanaka. Lunch is superb and exceeded everyone's expectations. 'Trust the chef' is the very best - sit back and enjoy the view whilst the most amazing dishes arrive to surprise you.. and more! Follow up lunch with a Tour of the distillery with fascinating insights and stories. and saving the best to last... you have the privilege to taste samples of the best whisky, gin and liquers... who wouldn't want to buy some to take home. Would recommend booking lunch in advance (and we allowed 2 hours to enjoy lunch at leisure before joining a Distillery Tour. Staff and service cannot be faulted
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Wendy M
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended and awesome whisky!
    Distillery tour was fantastic. We didn't know what to expect, but it was informative, interesting and a lot of fun. Likewise with the tasting, well organized, informative and very enjoyable. Thank you and keep up the good work, great product all round.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Corey J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour , Greater Whiskey ( and Gin + Vodka)
    Distillery Tour was well organised and run. Tour guide Calum was very informative , funny and engaging with the group with his relaxed demeanour and wicked sense of humour which made for a fun tour. Nice tastings in a private room at the end of the tour to top it off. Definitely Recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Venture14605978080
    Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and informative tour
    The distillery tour was very well done. Calum was our tour guide and he did a fabulous job. We learned so much about the history of the distillery and how things are run. Nice tasting room, so fun for all of us. I highly recommend this tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Jan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing distillery tour
    The tour was an amazing experience. We were lucky to be the only ones on the tour. The whole distillation process was well explained in the tour and it was awesome to get a closer look into how the spirits are produced. Even though we came for the whisky and gin, the available liquors were a big surprise. The discount offered from the tour was a great offer that definitely made us buy a bit more than planned. Can’t wait to hopefully see the products also available in Europe as I know we will be wishing for more of the whisky, gin and liquors once our bottles are gone.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 August 2023
  • david m
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    This tour is so worth it. Learnt so much about making whiskey and amazing seeing the scale and quality that goes into it. Seeing all the different barrels, and bottling, and flavour options was incredible. Thoroughly recomend this tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Tim M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top experience
    What a fabulous experience, Renee was the perfect host for the wine tasting. The whole experience from walking in to ordering drinks was pleasant and professional. If your i the Cadrona area stop in and try some of the best gin, whiskey and liquor you will ever try. Thank you
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
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Jet31963511780
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Awesome tour , very well done ....
Well recommended for mates too go .
Very good value for money .
They are happy for any questions to fire there way
Written 28 February 2024
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candc2015
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Some friends suggested this was one of the best places to visit in the area. We aren’t whiskey drinkers but found the tour absolutely fascinating. This is definitely a ‘must do’.
Written 24 February 2024
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sharon T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Our time spent with the team was awesome from start to finish. From coffee served in the covered outdoor seats (safe from the wind but immersed in the view) to the lunch after the distillery tour and tasting, our expectations were well exceeded. The food was exquisite and the service exceptional. Thanks in particular to Emman and Caity. We would highly recommend this to everyone.
Written 21 February 2024
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639abbie
Canberra, Australia1,109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A beautiful place with well versed staff serving amazing liquor, especially their gin. A fence filled with women’s bra and nearby cafes are just bonus to a wonderful day
Written 18 February 2024
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Trek65663681550
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Thoroughly recommended and the guides so informative about spirit production. Great value for money, Amazing location and the spirit tasting was excellent. You cannot visit Cardrona without doing this Classic Tour.
Written 18 February 2024
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Martin P
Limerick, Ireland101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We visited this distillery while staying in the area. The tour was great value especially when you can get a refund on some purchases.
Written 8 February 2024
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LisaK_272018
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A really enjoyable, informative experience for Whisky or Gin drinkers and the Liqueurs were great as well. After a tour and tasting we really enjoyed lunch and cocktails in the restaurant. Beautiful setting and the staff were all amazing, excellent customer service.
Written 7 February 2024
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Global22280041069
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Second time and still finding so much to love about this boutique distillery. For any whisky lover it is a must when you come to New Zealand. Not just for whisky, gin, vodka and liqueurs. Set in a stunning part of NZ you won’t regret it.
Written 2 February 2024
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Pania G
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour; Dan was an entertaining guide. It was interesting learning about the Cardrona Distillery points of difference from other gin distillers in NZ. Loved the tasting!
Written 29 January 2024
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Meander01928934227
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We booked a tour for a Bachelorette Party Activity, Our Guide was Dan, and the Tour was fantastic everyone is still talking about how great Dan was at building a Fun, and Humorous tour. Our Expert Guide understood the task at keeping 11 Ladies entertained while sharing his knowledge of the incredible spirits made at Cardrona distillery. Very recommended.
Written 23 January 2024
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