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Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

1. 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.

Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

2. Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy having the team collect you from your accommodation before you cycle from Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley yourselves or get dropped off at Gibbston and explore the area by bike. All staff are locals and will have some top local tips for you. Once you have been fitted to a bike  and are all ready to go, jump on a Hardtail Cruiser bike or Premium E-bike to start the trip at your own pace.  You will be given maps that have all the information you will need to make the most of the trip back to Queenstown. The ride is between 2-20 kilometers: you can choose to be dropped off at Arrowtown for a 20-kilometer ride or at Gibbston Valley for a 2 kilometer ride.  Once in Gibbston Valley, you can stop by a range of award-winning wineries. These include Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm, Peregrine, Mt Rosa, Waitiri Creek/Cargo Brewery, Peregrine, Gibbston Tavern, and Gibbston Valley Cheese experience, to name a few.

Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

3. Otago Winery Tour with Gourmet Wine & Food-Paired Lunch

Make the most of your stay in Queenstown with this half-day wine and food experience for an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region. Enjoy a winery lunch consisting of several tasting dishes each perfectly matched by the Chief Winemaker and Head Chef, using estate wines and fresh local produce. Indulge in wine tasting and presentations at 3 wineries, visiting one larger well-known winery and two boutique style wineries. The tour also includes a wine cave tour and tasting, providing you with an insight into the local great wines and the Central Otago wine industry.

Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

4. Queenstown: Wine Tasting Tour

Travel to the Gibbston region, only a half an hour's 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. Your guide will host you between each location amusing you with local winemaking facts and stories. Enjoy an optional scrumptious winery lunch, which can be purchased on the day. Visit a range of well-known and off-the-beaten-track wineries, including the famous underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley of New Zealand. Meet passionate local characters and taste at least 18 of the very best wines from the area.

From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

5. 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 & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

6. Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley without being rushed or restricted by any preset itineraries. Enjoy the local wine and soak up the amazing sites of the Queenstown and Gibbston Valley. No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself, our friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Hop on and off as you please, visit as many destinations as you like, and choose how long you stay at each spot. Stop options include: • Shotover Jet boat ride • Canyon Food & Brew Co • Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center • Cargo at Gantley’s taproom • The Gin Garden • Arrowtown historical gold mining town • The Winery, Arrowtown • Mora Wines & Kitchen by Artisan • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door • Nockies Palette Wines at Stoneridge • Wet Jacket Wines • AJ Hackett Bungy • Cargo Brewery & Bald Hills Wine • Mt Rosa Wines • Brennan Wines • Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro • Gibbston Valley Winery • Altitude Brewing • The Winery, Queenstown

From Queenstown: 4-Hour Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour

7. 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: Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries

8. Queenstown: Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour with 3 Wineries

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: VIP Drop & Hop Wine Tour

9. From Queenstown: VIP Drop & Hop Wine Tour

Discover some of the best wines in the world on a wine tour of Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley Area. Spend the day traveling in style to a range of wineries and breweries in a luxury Mercedes. From famous Pinot Noir to local beers, no trip to Queenstown is complete without visiting a winery. Meet your driver for the day at the Station Building, climb aboard your Mercedes, and decide where to head first. Take your time to explore the area at your own pace. Discover historic Arrowtown with your knowledgeable driver. Experience wine, beer, food, and more at a range of wineries. Choose from a range of destinations, including: Amisfield Winery Akarua Wines Historic Arrowtown Wet Jacket Wines AJ Hackett Bungy Gibbston Valley Winery Kinross Winery Gibbston Tavern & Rock Burn Wines Cargo Brewery and Wines Mt Rosa Winery Brennan Wines

Queenstown & Gibbston Valley Wine Hopper Bus

10. Queenstown & Gibbston Valley Wine Hopper Bus

Climb aboard the Wine Hopper bus for a wine adventure at your own pace hopping on and off at wineries in the Queenstown and Gibbston Valley wine region. Departing daily from central Queenstown, a friendly onboard host will help you get the most out of your day. Enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive out to the wine region showcasing the very best of Queenstown's countryside amongst picturesque surroundings. Grab a timetable that will outline the shuttle service stopping hourly at nine venues. Discover one, two or all nine venues - each with their own unique offerings and charm. Reveal an array of winery restaurants and tasting rooms where you can stop for lunch or take a tasting before moving on. Taste award-winning wines at cellar doors, learn all about winemaking by taking an underground wine cave tour, enjoy a leisurely winery lunch, or savor a complimentary cheese tasting at Gibbston Valley Cheesery nestled amongst the vines. You’ll have plenty of time to sip and dine or try a brew at the local tavern. Walk or hire a bike to wander along the Kawarau River as you soak in the stunning views - river on one side and vines on the other. The Wine Hopper Bus runs an hourly circuit 6 times a day around nine wineries and other attractions in Gibbston Valley area. The bus travels in and out of Queenstown every two hours throughout the day. Return to Queenstown when you are ready, arriving at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm.

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What people are saying about Gibbston

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4.9 / 5

based on 166 reviews

Really fun wine tour with Angus. The drive to the wineries was informative Re: scenery and history. The wineries chosen were varied enough. Lunch was light but excellent and included pairings. We learned a lot from the guides at each vineyard but also Angus has a wealth of knowledge from living in France as well. Really great day - and a nice relaxing activity to do while in Queenstown-Wakatipu!

I loved this day trip and would 100% recommend it to people without car. The only thing I would change is the time to di the track. 3 hours is just enough to rush to the end and come back, without long breaks to enjoy the view or eat. Personnally, I would remove the stop we did at a salmon farm and add the allocated time to do the track.

It was a really great tour by Susana! The organization was perfect and we had a lot of fun. Also the tastings were very nice. From our perspective, the price is very high for the amount of wine & food provided, but this seems to be the case in NZ…

The whole day was simply great! Our guide Holly was oh so lovely and very knowledgeable about the area. All wineries visited offered fantastic wines and service. Great value for money, would 100% recommend.

Gorgeous scenery. Super convenient with the hotel pick up and drop off. Operator was so nice and friendly. Definitely enjoyed it. Highly recommend it to other travellers.