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Central Otago

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Central Otago, New Zealand

The Basics

Once the site of a 19th-century gold rush, Central Otago is full of small towns and isolated villages with rich and fascinating histories—not to mention must-stop wine-tasting rooms. Plus, the region’s striking rivers, mountains, and valleys offer plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities. Cycle through the countryside on the 94-mile (152-kilometer) Otago Central Rail Trail; jet boat around the Kawarau Gorge; have the kids try curling in Naseby or gold panning in Roxburgh; or visit a few filming locations fromLord of the Rings andThe Hobbit.

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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
$147.28 per adult
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Tour guide- Martin was great. His knowledge was amazing. He made a day exceptional. Tour: the selection of winery and food was excellent ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Clarence_B, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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The wine was world class.
Vivian_H, Feb 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
Great experience. Beautiful scenery and the guide was excellent. He had expert knowledge of the area and the wines of the region.
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Great day out
Dianne_S, Feb 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
First wine tour I’ve been on and it was fantastic! Gary our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made it a lot of fun. Had tastings at 3 vineyards and a wonderful lunch at another. Would definitely recommend the tour to anyone.
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Wonderful overview of Central Otago wines
Greta C, Oct 2019
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
Had a wonderful afternoon travelling around Central Otago. We were quite unimpressed with the first couple of wineries, but lunch was good, and the afternoon wineries were spectacular. We have visited wineries in regions all over the world, and if we went back would probably rent a car and make some appointments to be able to visit more exclusive wineries. The guide was very knowledgeable and overall it was a nice afternoon overview of the region.
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Great Pinot Gris
silvialoica, Feb 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
This was a fun wine tour. Our driver Gary did a fantastic job. He was funny and provided a lot of great information about the region. The wineries were beautiful and very non-pretentious. Found a new love for Pinot Gris today.
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Great tour of central otago wine region
Kirsten184, Jan 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
Tour was excellent. We stopped at 3 different vineyards + lunch at a vineyard with a glass of wine, all of which had a wide variety of wines to taste. Driver was incredibly informative and so nice! Group was maxed out at 12 people which was just the right amount. Thanks for a great tour!
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great wine - no shortage of variety!
Janet_L, Feb 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
This was a great trip to 4 wineries in the Central Otago region with lunch included at one stop. Actually at the lunch stop, you only get one glass of wine and don't try wines. The meal is a bit small but paired nicely with the wines. Our guide Maryann was very informative and nice. There are a lot of wines you try on the tour! A lot of variety in the wines and a lot of varieties in the wineries. The group is small enough that you get enough attention and can ask questions. Highly recommend if you have the time to do it!!
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Vineyard tour of the Gibston Valley
Lori_M, Feb 2020
Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine
Our guide was excellent, very informative not only about the wines but also the surrounding area. We visited 4 vineyards ( one of which I had already been to when we did our own tour earlier). It would have been good to know in advance which vineyards we were visiting ( there are over 100) so that we could have visited other vineyards on our personal tour earlier. 2 of the vineyards we went to were excellent with describing the wines and an enthusiastic wine demonstrator. The other two vineyards were a bit rushed and not as informative. Each vineyard has a different feel so it is really a personal preference on what one likes. I did enjoy the group we had, very diverse and interesting people from all over the world. However I did not think a small group was going to be 12 people. It ended up being fine but was hoping for more of a personal experience. Overall I would recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Central Otago is ideal for adventure seekers, wine lovers, and those seeking a respite from bustling urban centers nearby.

  • Cromwell and regional capital Alexandra are the two most popular locations for staying overnight in Central Otago, with plenty of accommodations and easy access to other parts of the area.

  • Cromwell is also home to Highlands Motorsport Park, where children and grown-ups alike can experience incredible speeds in a range of supercars and racing vehicles.

  • The Otago region can get bitterly cold during winter and even see snow, so if you’re visiting then make sure to pack warm clothes and waterproof jackets.

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How to Get There

Cromwell and Alexandra are each approximately a 1-hour drive from Queenstown along State Highways 6 and 8. A few roads lead to Alexandra from Dunedin as well. Alternatively, catch a bus from Dunedin or Queenstown.

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When to Get There

Spring and summer are the best, sunniest times to visit Central Otago. In September or October, the annual Eat.Taste.Central food festival has restaurants, cafés, and wineries offering unique regional menus tailored to the year’s theme.

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Central Otago Pinot Noir

The Central Otago region is one of the southernmost winemaking regions in the world, and its dry alpine climate has a strong international reputation. Central Otago pinot noirs, in particular, are popular worldwide.

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