Discover the South Island’s award winning distilleries...
6 DISTILLERIES - 5 DAYS - 1 CHARTERED PLANE. MARLBOROUGH, WEST COAST, WANAKA & NELSON
Experience New Zealand’s best craft distilleries plus exceptional food & wine on this exclusive 5 day hosted tour.
This is an exclusive experience like no other! If you have a particular interest in distilled spirits, craft beers and great food this South Island private air tour is for you. Not only will you taste award winning brews you will enjoy the great scenery of the South - Blenheim and its vineyards, the wild West Coast, the mountains of the Southern Alps and enjoy the beautiful Lake Wanaka.
No need for a sober driver, no need to spend hours driving to see the South Island, this itinerary is the most convenient and luxurious tasting tour around - perfect for any cocktail connoisseur!
- Food, accommodation and tastings where mentioned in itinerary
Day 1 Auckland to Blenheim
Meet at Auckland Airport for the first flight on our privately chartered plane – your transport for the next five days. On arriving in Blenheim enjoy a locally inspired three course lunch and wine tasting at Wither Hills, and experience some of New Zealand’s very best wine from Marlborough’s beautiful surroundings. After lunch we head to Elemental Distillers – home of Roots Dry Gin. Founder Ben Leggett will showcase the distillery - constructed from three up-cycled shipping containers. Tonight’s dinner is at Arbour – a dégustation dinner with wine pairing showcasing local producers and Marlborough stories. Tonight we stay in the vineyards at the Marlborough Vintners Hotel.
Day 2 Blenheim to Greymouth
After breakfast at Marlborough Vinters Hotel we board our plane to the West Coast, landing in Hokitika. We will take a private coach north along the coast to the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth. After a tour of the brewery we enjoy lunch and a tasting tray, served up with tasting notes and an in-depth insight into the various beers. We then head inland to the Reefton Distilling Co. – home of Little Biddy Gin and Wild Rain Vodka. Here we will enjoy a distillery tour and tasting to learn about their distillery journey and to sample a range of their award winning products. Dinner on the way home is the best the West Coast has to offer with a wild foods meal at Formerly the Blackball Hilton. Tonight we stay at the Punakaiki Resort.
Day 3 Hokitika to Wanaka
After breakfast we take a short scenic flight to Wanaka. We check into The Edgewater Resort, then enjoy lunch at the iconic Cardrona Hotel, before our visit to the Cardrona Distillery. At The Cardrona Distillery discover the secrets to Cardrona’s artisan spirits starting with the water source, malted barley and yeast. Tonight’s dinner is a five course tasting menu, with wine matches, at Bistro Gentil. The quaint bistro is surrounded by lavender and sits just outside of town, offering tranquil lake views and beautiful sunsets.
Day 4 Wanaka to Nelson
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a visit to Wild Diamond Vodka. Just out of Wanaka, we’ll enjoy lunch at Hook* in Albert Town – try your hand at salmon fishing or just enjoy it freshly caught and prepared for you. Later in the day we fly north to Nelson, and check into the centrally located Rutherford Hotel. This evening Ben & Sarah Bonoma, founders of Dancing Sands Distillery, will meet us at The Boat Shed. Over dinner they will share their unique story, and their gin. From wasabi to saffron to chocolate your senses will be surprised . After dinner you may choose to visit Kismet Cocktail & Whisky Bar* just 100 meters away. Cosy, warm and inviting, Kismet is the perfect way to finish our last evening on this gastronomic journey together.
Day 5 Nelson to Auckland
Enjoy breakfast at the Rutherford Hotel before a tour and tasting at McCashins Brewery – also home to the Liquid Alchemey Distillery. Jürgen Voigtländer, the distiller, will take us through the handcrafted spirits and liqueurs and the many local and organic ingredients that create the smooth yet intense aromas and flavours. After lunch we end our indulgent adventure and fly back to Auckland together.