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Our most recommended Gibbston Day Trips

Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries & Wine Cave

1. Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries & Wine Cave

Embark on an afternoon tour to experience the true flavor of the local Pinot Noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. Enjoy a fully-guided tour through the vines and into New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown to give you in-depth wine tastings and a presentation at each vineyard. You will have free time on the tour to unwind and have a winery lunch or sample a selection of local cheeses at your own cost. Craft beer tasting is also available, with the choice to substitute wine tasting for beer. A perfect tour for connoisseurs and beginners alike, come taste the best wines New Zealand has to offer!  

From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

2. From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

Visit breathtaking locations in Queenstown as you make your way to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Travel with a reliable tour guide who will share stories and rich background knowledge on Queenstown and the Mount Cook area. Start your tour in the stunning city of Queenstown. Drive through the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and marvel at the scenery the Kawarau Gorge has to offer. Stop at the Roaring Meg Lookout to take photos of your stunning view. Then, enter the region of Cromwell, famous for fruits and wine and where you can see huge fields of vines. Next, traverse the majestic Lindis Pass which lies between two valleys against a backdrop of a bright blue sky. This stretch of highway is one of the only three Alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. After taking photos at the top of the pass, drive through the Mackenzie District and visit the township of Omarama. Turning west, you'll enter Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Lake Pukaki will emerge in front of you. Proceed to the start of the Hooker Valley Track and depart on a 3-hour self-guided hike with amazing views of Hooker Lake, Hooker Glacier, and Mount Cook. Finish your tour by visiting High Country Salmon as you make your way back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: Small Group Wine Sampler Tour

3. Queenstown: Small Group Wine Sampler Tour

Travel to the Gibbston region, only a half an hour drive from central Queenstown, to visit four of Central Otago’s finest cellars and spend time tasting wines. Travel in style with door-to-door transfers, complimentary WiFi and bottled water on-board. Throughout the day, sample at least 18 spectacular cool climate wines. Enjoy an optional scrumptious lunch, which can be purchased on the day. Visit a range of well-known and off-the-beaten-track wineries, including New Zealand’s famous underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley. Meet passionate local characters and get to taste the very best wines from the area. Throughout the day, sample at least 18 spectacular, cool climate wines and a selection of local cheeses if time allows.

From Queenstown: Mount Cook Transfer w/ Guided Landmark Tour

4. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Transfer w/ Guided Landmark Tour

This small group, fully-guided transfer allows you to travel to Mt Cook in style and see all the key highlights on the way. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. 1. Queenstown - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventurous day but also point out and guide you past some of the areas top highlights. 2. Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Departing Queenstown we then make our way through the stunning Kawarau Gorge passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time and light permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour. 3. Cromwell – Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Passing huge fields of vines, we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass. 4. Lindis Pass – Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valleys. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps, we stop at the famous lookout at the top of the pass for an essential photo. 5. Omarama – While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breed of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama we have time for a break or even to try the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)! 6. Lake Pukaki – Turning west we begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see and is stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We stop for some amazing photos and to just marvel at the sight that we are beholding. It’s not hard to see why many Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed nearby and we will point them out for you. 7. Mt Cook Information Centre – Arriving at Mt Cook Village, weather depending, we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself. At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from the village which is just 750m above sea level. Your guided transfer ends here but you adventure to explore Mt Cook is only just beginning.

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings

5. Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings

Visit 4 premium vineyards over 2 wine subregions (Gibbston and the Cromwell/Bannockburn basin). Have a wine barrel cooked lunch consisting of 5 tasting dishes matched with wines for a unique tasting in Australasia's largest underground wine cave. Taste local cheeses at a local vineyard. Visit Old Cromwell town and the must-see Arrowtown. Have a taste of locally handcrafted chocolates at your leisure. Then, go on a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region. View the historic Kawarau Bridge and original AJ Hackett Bungy.

From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

6. From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

On this 4-hour afternoon, boutique wine tour, have the chance to explore the Central Otago region and try its exquisite wines. Meet your guide and depart from the Queenstown Station Building at 2:00 PM. From here you'll visit three boutique wineries in the Central Otago wine region. As a small group, have an intimate experience learning about the wine region. Delish in a delectable cheese platter while trying up to 15 different types of wine. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon among the spectacular scenery of Central Otago.

Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

7. Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

Get introduced to the fun and thrilling sport of canyoning at Kawarau Canyon on an half-day tour. Jump in a van for a 20-minute van transfer from downtown Queenstown into Gibbston Valley's wine country. Immerse yourself in the sport of canyoning whilst enjoying the beauty of your natural surroundings. Professional and qualified guides will kit you out with all the best equipment. Benefit from a full safety briefing and demonstration on all the elements of canyoning before heading out for adventure. You'll take an easy 5-minute walk to the canyon start point. Before you know it, you'll be off down the canyon, sliding natural watersides, trying your hand at abseiling down waterfalls and having the most awesome summer experience ever. This canyon is open to first-time canyoners as well as experienced adventure seekers, looking for an awesome activity in a safe and controlled environment.

Otago Wine Trail Bespoke Small Group Tour & Wine Cave

8. Otago Wine Trail Bespoke Small Group Tour & Wine Cave

Discover the Central Otago wine region on a small group half-day tour from Queenstown. Enjoy a personalized wine tasting itinerary based on your booking selections to suit your likings and budget.  After a complimentary hotel pick-up, set off for the heart of Gibbston. Journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. Sample Pinot Noirs, aromatics and everything in between. Your day includes visits to four of the best cellar doors and a tour of New Zealand's largest Underground Wine Cave. Sample three varietals in the cave and a visit to the Home Block Vineyard, originally planted by the founder and wine pioneer Alan Brady in 1983. Benefit from an intimate small group experience that permits time to explore all that the Central Otago wine district has to offer. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines as well as friendly and informative staff.

Queenstown: Guided E-Bike Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings

9. Queenstown: Guided E-Bike Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings

On this "Ride to the Vines" tour, you will cycle on a powerful e-bike that gives you an opportunity to ride faster and further. Thanks to the help of the bike, you will be able to spend most of your energy spotting interesting places and enjoying the local scenery along the way.  First, you will visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, and ride along the Arrow and Kawarau rivers. Crossing suspension bridges you will also visit the oldest bungy jumping bridge. Then the Gibbston Valley will welcome you with views of extensive vineyards as far as the eye can see.  At the boutique wineries, you will learn about the secrets of vine growing. Personalised wine tastings with your knowledgeable guide will make your trip exclusive and memorable.

Otago Wine Trail Bespoke Small Group Tour

10. Otago Wine Trail Bespoke Small Group Tour

Enjoy a bespoke wine tasting experience, that suits your likings and budget! Whether you’re a passionate wine connoisseur or you simply like to share a drink with friends - enjoy a fun, flexible and hassle-free wine tour from Queenstown. After complimentary hotel pick-up, set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small group half-day tour to visit four cellar doors and enjoy a personalized itinerary based on your booking selections.  Journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. Visit four smaller, boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines as well as friendly and informative staff.

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What people are saying about Gibbston

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

My second time to Mount cook and first time with cheeky kiwi travels. It was an absolutely enjoyable experience and a massive KUDOS to Dan for bringing the energy and making it an absolutely memorable and safe journey. Dans knowledge of the history , geo formation and all the insides tips and tricks around Q town was a highlight not to forget his sense of humour and high level of engagement with every passenger has to be applauded. Dan is an asset to the travel firm and has the personality and knowledge that goes way beyond just your average kiwi tour guide. Dan was extremely helpful and passionate about his job which made us customers feel great. Thanks again Dan for making it such a great trip. Meghan

Fabulous day out. Angus the Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the food and wine were delicious. I highly recommend.

Our tour guide Mick was amazing! Great tour very personable and funny. Highly recommend and will definitely do again on my next visit!

It was amazing! Lance was very nice and approachable Trip was amazing! I had enough time to explore the place. Recommendable!

We enjoyed the trip, from start to finish. It was a bit exhausting with all walking but it was really worth it.