Activities

Gourmet Food & Wine Tour (9:30am-4pm)

This tour will not be operating as a scheduled daily departure until further notice. Please contact us for private tour options or on demand requests.

An indulgent and diverse full day tour showcasing the very best sights and tastes from the Central Otago region. Your experienced wine guide will lead you on a tasting journey through the three contrasting Central Otago wine sub-regions of Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. Visit New Zealand’s largest wine cave and retrace history by discovering the historic settlements of Old Cromwell and beautiful Arrowtown. Visit 4 premium vineyards extensively sampling the region’s renowned cool-climate wines. Indulge in a delicious gourmet lunch cooked in retired French Oak Pinot Noir wine barrels with matched wines, as well as savouring locally produced cheeses and artisan chocolates.

We Provide

An exquisite wine-barrel cooked lunch with matching wines, all wine tastings, cheese & chocolates, Central Queenstown, Arrowtown, Hilton Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs

Please Bring

Camera, dress for weather conditions on the day.

Duration

6.5 hours>

Season

Appellation Wine Tours operates throughout the year with closures on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday.

Other Information

Inclusions:

- Visiting 4 vineyards over 2 wine sub-regions (Gibbston and the Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
- Tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
- Indulge in some local cheeses paired with wines at one of the vineyards
- Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, Gibbston and Bannockburn
- View the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge, take a stroll through the historic precinct of OId Cromwell and the must-see goldmining settlement of Arrowtown
- Tour with expert wine guides with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights and early history of Central Otago
- Delicious wine barrel cooked lunch matched with wines included
- Sample locally made hand-crafted chocolates
- Maximum of 12 guests per tour creating enough atmosphere to be sociable but small enough to be interactive

Boutique Wine Tour (11am - 4:30pm)

Relax as your wine guide immerses you in an afternoon among the boutique vineyards and splendid scenery of Central Otago.
You will visit four premium vineyards over three contrasting wine regions, taste and learn about the excellent wine varietals and enjoy a delicious shared platter lunch with complementing wine of your choice. The local pioneering history is fascinating and the meander through Old Cromwell Town charming and a true step back in time. Some wineries are producing amazing craft beers as well! If you would prefer a beer tasting at one of the vineyards, let us know when booking and we do our best to accommodate.

We Provide

A gourmet platter lunch, with a glass of wine of choice, all wine tastings, as well as Central Queenstown, Arrowtown and Hilton hotel pick-up and drop-offs.

Please Bring

Camera, dress for weather conditions on the day.

Duration

5 1/2 Hours>

Season

Appellation operates throughout the year with Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday closed.

Other Information

Inclusions:
- Visiting 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions (Gibbston and the Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
- Relax amongst good company with a delicious platter lunch
- Match a complimentary glass of premium wine with your lunch
- Visit Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
- Stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy
- Maximum of 12 guests per tour creating enough atmosphere to be sociable but small enough to be interactive

Afternoon - Classic Wine Tour (1.30pm - 5pm)

Get a real taste for Central Otago wines with an interactive afternoon tour through Queenstown’s neighbouring wine region, Gibbston, otherwise known as the “Valley of Vines”.
Enjoy tastings at three unique cellar doors including a guided tour and wine tasting inside New Zealand’s largest wine cave. Also, enjoy a delightful cheeseboard to accompany one of the wine tastings.
Enjoy a full running commentary from your passionate and enthusiastic Appellation wine guide; learn about this pioneering wine region and its evolution from just a couple of rows of vines into a world-renowned Pinot Noir producer.

We Provide

- Complimentary pick up and drop off from central Queenstown accommodation
- Tour through New Zealand's largest wine cave
- Shared cheeseboard

Restrictions

All participants must be of at least 18 years in order to consume alcohol.

Duration

3.5 hours>

Other Information

- Runs daily 1.30pm-5pm (3.5 hoours)
- Main pick up point is the Station Building (corner of Camp & Shotover Street)
- Most hotel transfers available on request
- Visit 3 wineries around Queenstown and the Gibbston wine region
- Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
- Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge
- Enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu & The Remarkables
- Visit the Lord of the Rings filming site: Pillar of the Kings (time permitting)
- Knowledgeable guides with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights & early history of Central Otago
- Cheeseboard included

Queenstown Highlights Tour (9:30am - 12:30pm)

There’s so much to do in beautiful Queenstown it’s hard to fit everything in. We’ve chosen 5 must-see locations and activities which everyone should experience whilst in Queenstown; Queenstown Hill Viewpoint, Bungy Bridge, wine tasting at Gibbston Valley winery, Lord Of The Rings film location, Arrowtown & Mt Dewar Farm visit. Small groups guaranteed in limousine category luxury vans and friendly driver guides that love Queenstown with a passion.

Duration

Approximately 3 hours>

Skyline & Wine (1.30pm - 5pm tour + Gondola anytime)

Ride the iconic Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Queenstown’s must-do activities. The spectacular 220 degree panoramic views at the top are a photographer’s dream! You may like to allow some time to ride the luge, indulge in the food hall (lunch should be had before your wine tour) or to simply soak up the alpine atmosphere. Your wine guide will collect you from The Station Building at 1.30pm for a fantastic afternoon of wine tasting on the Classic Wine Tour. Note: the Skyline Gondola pass is dated the same day of travel as the wine tour, but can be used at any time of the day.

We Provide

Skyline Gondola ticket (to be used at your leisure on the day) and Classic Wine Tour reservation

Please Bring

Jacket, sunglasses, hat and a camera.

Restrictions

Children must be over 6 years of age in order to join the Classic Wine Tour.

Duration

6-7 hours>

Season

All season

Jet Boat and Wine - Boutique (10am - 4:30pm)

An adrenaline-fuelled hour racing along Lake Wakatipu, down the Kawarau river and back to Queenstown Bay. The jet boat ride is a mixture of scenic cruising but also packing in plenty of 360 degree spins for pure exhilaration. Check in at the Go Orange Jet Boat kiosk on Steamer Wharf at 9:45am and your Appellation guide will collect you from this same location at 11am to begin your afternoon in the vines on the Boutique Wine Tour.

Please Bring

Wrap up & wear warm clothes. Hats, gloves, scarves & sunglasses are recommended.

Restrictions

Child rates apply between 6-17 years.

Other Information

Inclusions:
- A delightful vineyard platter style lunch
- All wine tastings
- A glass of premium wine with lunch
- Pick up from The Station Building Bus Stop (corner Camp Street and Shotover Street) or Central Queenstown -Hotels/Accommodation
- Complimentary bottled mineral water available
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles

Brewmasters Craft Beer Tour (4pm - 7pm)

Take an exclusive afternoon tour around the Wakatipu Basin exploring Queenstown’s emerging Craft Beer scene with your very own craft beer guide. Experience the workings of a local brewery first hand with a full brewery tour given to you by a knowledgeable Brewmaster. Then be introduced to historic Arrowtown for a tasting at a local gastro pub or brewery. Finish with a tasting and an early evening a la carte dinner at a working micro-brewery overlooking the picturesque Shotover River.

We Provide

An a la carte dinner, all beer tastings, tour of a working brewery, as well as Central Queenstown hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included.

Please Bring

Camera and refillable drinks bottle. Dress for weather conditions on the day.

Restrictions

Minimum of 2 adults to book this tour.
Must be 18yrs+ for beer tasting.

Duration

3.5 hours>

Season

All

Other Information

Courtesy pick up and drop off in a luxury vehicle
Tastings at 3 craft beer venues
Take a full tour of a local brewery with a Brewmaster
Enjoy an a la carte dinner at a micro-brewery
Visit historic Arrowtown
Craft beer guide
Option to accommodate a wine tasting for those more wine-inclined

Private Classic Wine Tour (Flexible timings)

Take an exclusive afternoon tour and explore the Gibbston wine region in a luxurious vehicle and with a specialist wine guide. Tour start times are flexible, specific vineyards can be arranged (when requested in advance) and lunch can also be added at an additional charge.

Duration

4 hours>

Other Information

- Time proposed is 1pm-5pm (but can be flexible with start and finish times)
- Be picked up and dropped off in luxury touring vehicle by Expert Wine Guide
- Visit 3 wineries around Queenstown and the Gibbston wine region
- Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
- Stunning drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge viewing the original AJ Hackett bungy bridge
- Enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu & The Remarkables
- Visit the Lord of the Rings filming site: Pillar of the Kings (time permitting)
- Knowledgeable guides with fascinating commentary on wine, local sights & early history of Central Otago
- Choose a glass of wine to sit back and relax with and indulge in some local cheeses

Private Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

A tailor made, full-day wine tour of Central Otago vineyards in an indulgent day enjoying Central Otago’s finest food and wine.
Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over 2 contrasting Central Otago wine regions. Explore New Zealand’s largest wine cave, indulge in a gourmet 5 dish food and wine match cooked in retired French Oak wine barrels and savour a splendid cheese and wine presentation. We can combine this with sightseeing including Old Cromwell Town and Arrowtown where time and desire permit. Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour

We Provide

A gourmet platter lunch, with matching wine, all wine tastings, a cheese and a chocolate tasting, as well as central Queenstown hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included.

Please Bring

Camera, dress for the weather conditions on the day

Duration

6.5 Hours>

Season

Appellation operates throughout the year with Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday closed.

Other Information

Inclusions:
- Courtesy pick up and drop off in a luxury vehicle
- Tastings at 4 vineyards in the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn/Cromwell regions
- 5 gourmet dishes cooked in wine barrels and paired with matching wines
- Take a tour in New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave
- A cheese and wine pairing at one of the vineyards
- Stroll through Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
- Abundant sightseeing opportunities catered to your interests
- Specialist wine guide

Private Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago. We can combine this with sightseeing - including the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge and Arrowtown where time and desire permit. We encourage you to advise of any varietal or vineyard preferences when booking this tour. Minimum of 2 people required.

We Provide

A gourmet platter lunch with a glass of wine, all wine tastings, as well as transfers to and from Queenstown accommodations.

Please Bring

Camera, dress for the weather conditions on the day

Duration

5.5 Hours>

Season

Appellation operates throughout the year with Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday closed.

Other Information

Inclusions:
- Courtesy pick up and drop off in luxury vehicle
- Tastings at 4 vineyards in the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn/Cromwell regions
- A gorgeous platter lunch with a glass of premium wine at Mt Difficulty
- Stroll through Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
- An array of sightseeing and photograph opportunities catering to your interests
- Specialist wine guide

Private Heli & Wine Tour

Relax and be chauffeured in a luxury vehicle by an expert wine guide around the heart of the Central Otago wine region.
After your first tasting experience, you will be met by your helicopter for a spectacular scenic flight over the wine country in an Airbus H120 helicopter. You will see the Central Otago wine subregions of Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell from above to give you an appreciation for the terrain and geographical relation of New Zealand’s southernmost wine growing region.
Enjoy the personalised inflight commentary to learn more about how the extreme climate and gold mining past influencing the award-winning wines that are produced here. An alpine landing at Slapjacks Point offers great views of the Southern Alps and the Cromwell Basin.

Take time for photos, then continue on to land at the Cromwell base where your wine guide will be waiting, and continue on to experience some of the regions premium vineyards. Enjoy an à la carte lunch showcasing regional cuisine and tastings at three premium vineyards.

Please Bring

Warm clothing and camera.

Duration

5 hours>

Other Information

Inclusions:
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off in own luxury vehicle with expert wine guide
- Tastings at three premium vineyards
- A Gourmet platter lunch and glass of premium wine at a renowned vineyard restaurant.
- An optional visit and walk through historic Arrowtown

Golf & Boutique Wine Tour - Millbrook

Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown – Golf and Wine. We will collect you from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and transfer you to Millbrook Resort for 9 holes of golf.

Your premium quality golf clubs, ball and cart will be ready and waiting for you and we will then leave you to enjoy golfing at your leisure.

After 2.5 hours, your wine guide will collect you from Millbrook reception to begin your small-group Boutique Wine Tour. Spend the afternoon discovering boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region’s fine wines and enjoying a light platter style lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Tour finishes at 4:30pm.

We Provide

- Club hire included. Please stipulate club requirement in our comments box when making your golf and wine tour booking – left or right hand and male or female.

Duration

8.25 hours>

Other Information

- Visit 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine regions
- Enjoy a gorgeous platter lunch and choose a premium glass of wine to match
- A maximum of 12 adults on this afternoon wine tour ensures a relaxed and personalised experience in wine country.

Note: for Millbrook Golf, a spa treatment can be substituted for golf.

Golf & Boutique Wine Tour - Arrowtown

We will collect you from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and transfer you to Arrowtown Golf Course for 9 holes of golf.
Your premium quality golf clubs, ball and cart will be ready and waiting for you and we will then leave you enjoy golfing at your leisure. After 2.5 hours, your wine guide will collect you to begin your Private Boutique Wine Tour. Spend the afternoon Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown – Golf and Wine. We will collect you from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and transfer you to Arrowtown Golf Course for 9 holes of golf.

Your premium quality golf clubs, ball and cart will be ready and waiting for you and we will then leave you to enjoy golfing at your leisure.

After 2.5 hours, your wine guide will collect you to begin your small-group Boutique Wine Tour. Spend the afternoon discovering boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region’s fine wines and enjoying a light platter style lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Tour finishes at 4:30pm.

Duration

8.25 hours>

Other Information

- Club hire included. Please stipulate club requirement in our comments box when making your golf and wine tour booking – left or right hand and male or female.
- Visit 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine regions
- Enjoy a gorgous platter lunch and choose a premium glass of wine to match
- A maximum of 12 adults on this afternoon wine tour ensures a relaxed and personalised experience in wine country.

Private Golf & Wine Tour - Millbrook

We will collect you from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and transfer you to your chosen golf course for 9 holes of golf.
Your premium quality golf clubs, ball and cart will be ready and waiting for you and we will then leave you enjoy golfing at your leisure. After 2.5 hours, your wine guide will collect you to begin your Private Boutique Wine Tour. Spend the afternoon discovering boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region’s fine wines and enjoying a gourmet platter style lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Tour finishes at 4:30pm. Note, a spa treatment can be substituted for golf. A minimum of 2 people are required to book this tour.

We Provide

- Club hire included. Please stipulate club requirement in our comments box when making your golf and wine tour booking – left or right hand and male or female.

Restrictions

Minimum of 2 adults

Duration

8 hours>

Other Information

- Visit 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine regions
- Enjoy a gorgous platter lunch and choose a premium glass of wine to match

Note: for a spa treatment can be substituted for golf.

Private Golf & Wine Tour - Arrowtown

Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown – Golf and Wine. We will collect you from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and transfer you to Arrowtown Golf Course for 9 holes of golf. Your premium quality golf clubs, ball and cart will be ready and waiting for you and we will then leave you enjoy golfing at your leisure. After 2.5 hours, your wine guide will collect you to begin your Private Boutique Wine Tour. Spend the afternoon discovering boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region’s fine wines and enjoying a gourmet platter style lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Tour finishes at 4:30pm.

Please stipulate club requirement in our comments box when making your golf and wine tour booking – left or right hand and male or female.

Restrictions

Minimum of 2 adults

Duration

8 hours>

Other Information

- Club hire included. Please stipulate club requirement in our comments box when making your golf and wine tour booking – left or right hand and male or female.
- Visit 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine regions
- Enjoy a gorgous platter lunch and choose a premium glass of wine to match
- A maximum of 12 adults on this afternoon wine tour ensures a relaxed and personalised experience in wine country.

Note: A spa treatment can be substituted for golf.

Zip & Sip Tour - Kereru / Classic

Find your wings and fly through the treetops (1 hour) in the forest canopy high above Queenstown on the Skyline Gondola Hill, before finishing with a swooping 21 metre drop, leaving you a fledgling no more! Ziptrek Ecotours are renowned for their sustainable efforts and their tours are suitable for all ages, confidence levels and abilities.

After ziptrekking, we will collect you from outside the Station Building (across road from the Ziptrek office) at 12.25pm for your Classic Wine Tour.

Note: Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and will need to be purchased separately.

We Provide

- Kereru Tour Snapshot: 2 amazing ziplines and an incredible 21 metre drop
- Pick up from The Station Building Bus Stop (corner Camp Street and Shotover Street), for your Classic Wine Tour
- All wine tastings
- Shared cheeseboard
- Complimentary bottled mineral water available
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles

Restrictions

Child rates apply between 10-17 years

Other Information

- Check-in and meet the guide at the "Ziptrek Guest Services Tree", 100 metres to the left of the Skyline Gondola upper terminal
- Note: A Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and needs to be purchased separately
- All guests will be fitted with a climbing harness and helmet.
- Kereru Tour Snapshot: 2 amazing ziplines and an incredible 21 metre drop, duration 1 hour

Appellation Wine Tours:
- Meet your guide at the Station Building (cnr Shotover & Camp St) and get ready at 1.25pm for a relaxing day of sights, history and photo opportunities!
- Sample world class wines at 3 wineries
- Indulge in a shared cheeseboard to accompany one of the tastings
- Tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave.
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy

Zip & Sip Tour - Moa / Classic

Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines (1.5 to 2 hours) with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. Two guides will take you on a journey as the ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. Ziptrek Ecotours are renowned for their sustainable efforts and their tours are suitable for all ages, confidence levels and abilities.

After ziptrekking, we will collect you from outside the Station Building (across road from the Ziptrek office) at 1.25pm for your Classic Wine Tour.

Note: Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and will need to be purchased separately.

We Provide

- Moa Tour Snapshot: 4 amazing ziplines, 8 aerial tree top platforms
- Pick up from The Station Building Bus Stop (corner Camp Street and Shotover Street)
- All wine tastings
- Shared cheeseboard to accompany one of the wine tastings
- Complimentary bottled mineral water available
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles

Restrictions

Child rates apply between 6-17 years.

Other Information

- Check-in and meet the guide at the "Ziptrek Guest Services Tree", 100 metres to the left of the Skyline Gondola upper terminal
- Note: A Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and needs to be purchased separately
- All guests will be fitted with a climbing harness and helmet.
- Moa Tour Snapshot: 4 amazing ziplines, 10 minute uphill walk, 8 aerial tree top platforms, duration 1.5-2 hours

Appellation Wine Tours:
- Meet your guide at the Station Building (cnr Shotover & Camp St) and get ready for a relaxing day of sights, history and photo opportunities!
- Sample world class wines at 3 different vineyards
- Relax over a shared cheeseboard to accompany one of the wine tastings
- Tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy

Zip & Sip Tour - Kea / Classic

The Kea tour is the fastest, and, comprising six lines, the longest of the ziplining options. A ride that descends 30 stories at speeds of up to 70 kph! The Kea tour takes 2.5 to 3 hours and is a truly unique way to get down the mountain, perfect for those seeking a higher adrenaline factor.

After ziptrekking, we will collect you from outside the Station Building (across road from the Ziptrek office) at 1.25pm for your Classic Wine Tour.

Note: Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and will need to be purchased separately.

We Provide

- Pick up from The Station Building Bus Stop (corner Camp Street and Shotover Street)
- Kea Tour Snapshot: 6 amazing ziplines, worlds steepest zipline, 12 aerial tree top platforms, duration 2.5-3 hours
- A glass of premium wine and local cheeses
- All wine tastings
- Complimentary bottled mineral water available
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles

Restrictions

Child rates apply between 6-17 years.

Other Information

- Check-in and meet the guide at the "Ziptrek Guest Services Tree", 100 metres to the left of the Skyline Gondola upper terminal
- Note: A Skyline Gondola ticket is not included in the combo price and needs to be purchased separately
- All guests will be fitted with a climbing harness and helmet.
- Kea Tour Snapshot: 6 amazing ziplines, worlds steepest zipline, 20 minute uphill walk, 12 aerial tree top platforms, duration 2.5-3 hours

Appellation Wine Tours:
- Meet your guide at the Station Building (cnr Shotover & Camp St) at 1.25pm and get ready for a relaxing day of sights, history and photo opportunities!
- Sample world class wines at 3 different vineyards.
- Enjoy a shared cheese board to accompany one of the wine tastings
- Tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave.
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy

Cruise & Wine Tour (10am - 5pm)

Enjoy a leisurely 90 minute scenic cruise on the 106 year old, coal fired vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown waterfront to Walter Peak High Country Farm (without going ashore) and return. Onboard, watch as coal is shoveled to fuel the ship, visit a mini museum with a collection of historic photos, or enjoy a drink and some café style food at the Promenade Café and Bar. After disembarking the TSS Earnslaw, you will have 1.5 hours to spend in town at your leisure. Your Appellation guide will collect you from the Station building at 12:55pm for a fun-filled afternoon on the Classic Wine Tour.

We Provide

Earnslaw cruise admission, all tastings, a glass of premium wine and a cheese platter.

Restrictions

Children over the age of 6 are welcome on this tour.

Duration

7 hours>

Season

Appellation operates throughout the year with Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday closed.