Hop on Hop off Wine Tours ( Half Day ) Afternoon Run - Queenstown
- Duration: 230 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Queenstown, Queenstown-Lakes District
- Product code: AT-PMA HD
Our biggest advantage is that we never rush you. Take your time and enjoy your stops, just follow our simple bus timetable. This is a self guided tour. You pay for your own tastings.
Have a close look at all the stops below as a lot of them require bookings in advance. We have attached all their contact details for you.
Wet Jacket (24 hours in advance and Kinross require per bookings in advance (No exceptions)
Afternoon Tour (half day)
Please be aware that our new full day map only has 1 return to town at 4.55 pm if you require going back earlier the bus does go back to arrowtown twice in the afternoon and you can catch the Orbus from there.
(Saturday map has more returns, (2.30 pm / 4.50 pm / 5.40 pm) please check Saturday map for details if you're travelling on Saturday)
1. Shotover Jet (+64 3 442 8570)
World Famous as the ultimate jet boat experience like no other. The only way to experience the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. Open 7 days.
2. Canyon Food & Brew Co. (+64 3 442 8692)
Overlooking the mighty Shotover River, Canyon Food & Brew handcrafts award-winning beer in their open space micro-brewery.
Special!- $15.00 per tasting paddle off their wonderful beers. (Normally $20.00) Save $5.00. Open 7 days.
Bookings required for lunch & dinner. Do not require bookings for bar service.
3. Strike Bowl (+64 3 409 2135)
The hub of entertainment in Queenstown. This 7 lane tenpin bowling alley is a fun and joyful experience. Open 7 days.
4. Cargo Brewery at Gantley's (+64 3 428 2569)
Open for coffee, beer or wine in the morning with Cargo at Gantley's tap room menu and beer garden. Open 7 days.
Special! - Get 10% off the breakfast menu (this special runs until 12 noon, every day).
No bookings required.
5. Broken Hearts Gin Garden (+64 (0)3 974 4366)
Queenstown’s first boutique gin tasting room! Recently winning Best New Zealand London Dry at the World Gin Awards 2021. Gin tastings, delicious food, cocktails, Broken Heart flight boards and more available at the Gin Garden!
Special! – 10% off all items consumed on site at the Gin Garden!
This little village is an historical gold mining town. Wonderful place to relax, dine and shop. Attractions include the famous Chinese Settlement and Lakes District Museum.
7. The Winery - Arrowtown (+64 3 428 2572)
The world's largest New Zealand wine store. Taste over 80 wines, whiskies, spirits and gin. Cheeseboards and tapas. Open 7 days.
Special! - 20% OFF tastings and 10% OFF purchases.
No bookings required.
8. Akarua Wines & Kitchen By Artisan (+64 3 442 1090)
Akaura Wines and Kitchen by Artisan is one of Queenstown’s premier winery restaurants. Proud to offer an outstanding wine and food experience, located within a beautiful cottage and gardens. Inside and alfresco dining, kid friendly. Open 7 days.
Tastings - $10 for five tastings. The fee is waived with a bottle purchase.
Bookings for lunch essential and we advise to book wine tastings where possible. Only 8 passengers may get off at one time.
9. Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door (+64 3 442 0556)
Amisfield Bistro serves the signature Trust The Chef degustation menu, a 3 to 7 course gastronomic lunch or dinner experience designed to be matched with a selection of their famous wines. Bookings are essential. Only 10 passengers may get off at one time. Open 7 days.
Tastings - $15 for five tastings. The fee is waived with a bottle purchase.
Must Book for lunch.
10. Nockie's Palette & Stoneridge Cellar Door (+64 3 669 2277)
Neighbours with a passion for art and making wine, have come together to open a cellar door. As an artist has a palette of paint, they now have a palette of hand crafted wines. Queenstown's newest cellar door! Open 7 days.
Closed Wednesday. Bookings preferred can only let off 10 people at one time. firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Wet Jacket Wines (+64 34418383)
Wet Jacket is a unique concept reverencing the history of farming in Central Otago and the European history of NZ while celebrating the modern wine industry of today. A food cart from 11.30am-6.00pm daily is an excellent lunch option. Open 7 days.
Tastings - $5 with the fee waived with a bottle purchase.
From Monday the 6th of December we will be a "by appointment only” for Cellar Door Tastings and we will be requesting that guests,
your clients email us 24hrs in advance, with the number of people,their preferred time, and the occasion.
12. AJ Hacket Bungy (0800 286 4958)
Home of the World’s first Bungy, Kawarau Bridge Bungy is now a historic landmark. Live More, Fear Less and do a solo or tandem Bungy over the Kawarau river! They also have a Zipride, café and bar! Open 7 days.
You are more than welcome to get off and wander around AJ Hacketts and watch other people jumping, but if you wish to jump, please book!
13. Gibbston Valley Winery (+64 3 442 6910)
Experience it all at Gibbston Valley Winery. Enjoy their seasonal menu and take a winery tour, explore NZ's largest Wine Cave. Different tours run through the day; check out their departure times here, to match with out timetable arrival times. Open 7 days.
Tastings - $5-$15.00. The fee is waived with purchases of $150-$200
Bookings for lunch required. Bookings NOT required for tastings.
14. Cargo Brewery & Bald Hills Cellar Door (+64 3 441 3315)
Located within this stunning vineyard, Cargo Brewery has collaborated with the winery to create a unique tasting experience from aromatic gold lager to boutique cellar door wine. Tastings - $15.00 for wine or beer or a mixture. Special! - 10% OFF food if you call and pre-order your food (03 441 3315). 10% off takeaways.
Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday. See their other location, Gantley's stop no.4.
Bookings required for food. Tastings no more than 14 people at one time (weather dependent).
15. Mt Rosa Wines (+64 3 441 2493)
Come and enjoy a fun and friendly wine tasting in Mt Rosa’s renovated woolshed. Enjoy great valley views with a platter. Free case shipping to NZ & Australia. Open 7 days.
Tastings - $15.00 for six wines. The fee is waived with purchases of two or more bottles.
Monday - Friday bookings preferred, Saturday & Sunday bookings essential.
16. Brennan Wines (+64 3 442 4315)
Family owned and operated vineyard, winery & cellar door producing limited quantities of finely-aged wines representing the potential of this exceptional wine region.
Tastings - $15.00 for 3 x 50ml glasses or 5 x 15ml glasses. The fee is waived with purchases of two or more bottles.
Closed: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
17. Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro (0800 131 101, ext 2)
Kinross’s boutique Vineyard Hotel, Cellar Door & Bistro is the official Cellar Door for Coal Pit, Domaine Thomson, Hawkshead, Kinross, Valli & Wild Irishman. Open 7 days (if you wish to go to Kinross you MUST BOOK).
Special! - 10% discount on wine purchases.
Bookings required for lunch and wine tastings, no walk ins allowed.
18. Gibbston Tavern (+64 3 409 0508)
The Gibbston Tavern sits in the heart of Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand and has a rich history going back to the gold mining days of the 1800's. World class wines and craft beer accompany their delicious menu. Open 7 days.
Bookings required for lunch.
19. Rockburn Cellar Door
In the art gallery space of the iconic Gibbston Tavern, taste award winning Pinot Noir as well as exceptional quality Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling & Rose. Open 7 days.
Bookings for tastings preferred.
20. Altitude Brewing (Marina Heights bus stop)
Altitude Brewing´s lakeside tap room looks out to the Remarkables. The ideal spot to plan your next adventure over a beer. Special! – beer flight 5 x 150ml glasses for $14
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
No bookings required.
21. The Winery - Queenstown (+64 3 409 2226)
Taste over 60 wines, whiskies and spirits from across New Zealand including boutique wineries that don't have cellar doors. A great place to finish your day! Open 7 days. Special! - 20% OFF tastings and 10% OFF purchases
No bookings required.
We can pick you up from many stops in Queenstown starting at the Frankton Bus Interchange, One Mile Car Park and along Lake Esplanade with our main bus stop being The Station Information Centre. Just choose your pickup location when you are making your booking.
You can also book by calling 0800 693 722 73 or for international numbers +64 3 573 5508.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
We do not take bookings of more than 8 people at a time without us knowing, if you are wishing for a larger group to travel please ring us. It is because only a group of up to 8 people have the most enjoyable experience at the cellar doors. You can not book separately and join together. If more than 8 people are in one group you will either a) be asked to leave the bus or b) be driven back to Queenstown at a cost of $200.
We have agreements in place for all wineries and we take these very seriously.
If you are wanting to book a tour for more than 8 people please call us for information as we also do tours for larger groups on the buses.
We follow strict duty of care protocols that may result in a person’s tour being stopped and removal of the offending passenger in the event of intoxication or disrespectful behaviour.
Our bus is not licensed so you cannot drink alcohol on board, if you are caught drinking on our bus you will be asked to leave and your return will be your responsibility. .
In the event a passenger soils the bus, they will be charged $200 as a cleaning fee.
You need to include food and water in your planning.
Please be at your stop 5 minutes before departure time. We are not responsible for any delays due to traffic or if you are late.
We recommend no more than 3-4 couples get off at one winery. Small numbers result in a more enjoyable experience.
Wineries have a tasting charge, some waive it when you make a purchase.
A Map and Timetable are provided when you board the bus.
Some places offer discounts when you travel with us.