10 Distilleries in New Zealand That You Shouldn't Miss

June 29, 2021 Weston Hennigan

New Zealand (/njuːˈziːlənd/ ( listen); Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

1. The Prenzel Distilling Company

15 Sheffield Street Riverlands Estate, Blenheim 7201 New Zealand +64 3-520 8215 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/PrenzelNZ/
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

The Prenzel Distilling Company

We are a boutique, family, locally owned business who have been operating in Marlborough for over 20 years. We specialise in all natural flavours, use traditional techniques when distilling and offer top quality products. Come in for your free tasting today.

2. House Of Whiskey Ltd

38 Courthouse Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand +64 9-215 2033 [email protected] http://www.houseofwhiskey.co.nz/
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House Of Whiskey Ltd

3. Cardrona Distillery

2125 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona 9382 New Zealand +64 3-443 1393 [email protected] http://www.cardronadistillery.com
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5.0 based on 239 reviews

Cardrona Distillery

We are a small craft distillery nestled in the beautiful Cardrona valley . We produce traditional hand made spirits from malted barley, the time honoured way. We welcome you to come and visit us for a guided tour and tastings so we can share our traditionally spirit making methods with you. We are open daily from 9.30am to 5pm with tours every hour from 10am to 3pm. We also run a Family Reserve Tour, from Tuesday - Friday from 10am-1pm. We have a delicious locally sourced food menu, which changes daily, book here to secure a table on the day you plan to visit

Reviewed By hungry_traveller_94 - Auckland, New Zealand

My partner and I really enjoyed this beautiful tour. Not only is the location stunning, the people here are local hard working and passionate owners. The knowledge and experience really shows in their produce. Their Vodka (single malt) is one of only four of its kind in the world and currently ranked number 1! They have a top shelf single malt whiskey called “just hatched” which has captured our taste buds. The source Gin is a fav amongst our family members and a must buy. Highly recommend visiting Cardrona Distillery even if you’re not interested in the process, the tour itself is enough to entertain.

4. Coromandel Distilling Company

715 Pollen Street, Thames 3500 New Zealand +64 210 299 0399 https://www.corodc.com/
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Coromandel Distilling Company

5. Dancing Sands Distillery

46A Commercial Street, Takaka 7110 New Zealand +64 3-525 9899 [email protected] http://dancingsands.com/
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5.0 based on 36 reviews

Dancing Sands Distillery

We want to show you our unfair advantage: our water. The clearest springs in the world, Dancing Sands Spring and Te Waikoropupu Springs are measured to be 81 metres clear. Each bottle of Dancing Sands gin is blended with the water from the aquifer that feeds Dancing Sands Spring allowing us to make the best possible gin and perfect its taste. Quality is at the centre of everything we do. Dancing Sands has an obligation to make beautiful products that mirror our surroundings. We relentlessly focus on quality through the entire product lifecycle – starting from the water that feeds the clearest spring in the world, to the ingredients that we hand select, to the glass bottles we import from France. When your quality standard is unrivaled, you make unrivaled products.

Reviewed By NZer71 - Havelock North, New Zealand

Went to Dancing Sands Distillery for gin tasting. Definitely worth the visit if you like gin. Some really different flavors like sauvignon blanc and bourbon gins! Very informative and welcoming staff.

6. Liquid Alchemy

14 Vivian Place, Nelson 7011 New Zealand +64 21 471 771 [email protected] http://liquidalchemy.co.nz
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5.0 based on 8 reviews

Liquid Alchemy

We are a small craft distillery and passionate about our spirits & liqueurs. We hand craft our spirits and liqueurs from beginning to end. We harvest as many local and organic ingredients as possible to create smooth yet intense aromas and flavours in our German made Jacob CARL copper still. We produce whiskey, gin, rum and a variety of locally grown fruit liqueurs which can all be tasted at McCashins Kitchen and Bar.

7. Reefton Distilling Co.

10 Smith Street, Reefton 7830 New Zealand +64 3-732 7083 [email protected] http://reeftondistillingco.com
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5.0 based on 18 reviews

Reefton Distilling Co.

Our distillery is located in Reefton, in the untamed natural wilderness of the South Island's West Coast. From a history rich in adventure, gold and innovation, we draw inspiration for our premium range of gins, liqueurs and whisky, using locally sourced native botanicals. We offer a range of Distillery tours and escape packages.

Reviewed By triny_bop

What yummy Gin. Loved the tasting of the various gins and perfect lil' ones to take on the Old Ghost Road - 5 day tramp. I will be supporting this little distilling company. Loved the pink one with its botanical notes. Yum!

8. Kiwi Spirit Distillery

430 Abel Tasman Drive, Takaka 7183 New Zealand +64 3-525 8575 [email protected] http://kiwispiritdistillery.co.nz/
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5.0 based on 19 reviews

Kiwi Spirit Distillery

At Kiwi Spirits Distillery we believe good taste is good for the soul. We are a family owned and operated distillery redefining what quality means. We specialise in unique spirits handcrafted from the purest homegrown ingredients. With a family history of decades of distilling we’re staunchly dedicated to quality over quantity. We live and breath local, almost all our ingredients come from our region and we are in the process of setting up gardens and orchids on our 25 acre distillery and cellar door. We are a creative bunch who love nothing more than experimenting, creating new tastes and pushing the limits on what is possible. Heart and soul goes into everything we make and we are proud to share what we have created with you. Our Cellar Door is open daily for free tastings, no appointment needed. We have a wide range of spirits, such as Whiskey, Gin, Liqueur and the only 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Spirit made in NZ. Pop in and taste the spirits of New Zealand.

Reviewed By christafa

Popped in on a rainy day and absolutely loved it. Our host Melissa was all you could ask for, friendly, knowledgeable and such a good laugh! The liquor these guys produce is amazing, as to illustrate.... I accidentally broke a bottle of gin when I got home and my online order was in 5 minutes later for my replacement along with another cheeky bottle of liqueur! A definite must do in Golden Bay even if just for a bit of banter with Melissa, I can assure you though you will not leave without a bottle!

9. The Botanical Distillery

Queens Drive, Oneroa, Oneroa, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1081 New Zealand +64 9-372 2844 [email protected] http://www.thebotanicaldistillery.com
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

The Botanical Distillery

Our new Gin and Tonic Experience at Batch Winery combines the best of both worlds. Enjoy the start to your magical day with a private pickup from Matiatia Ferry Terminal, the gateway to Waiheke Island, with a mini tour of the island before reaching Batch Winery. Sit back, relax and enjoy our Gin and Tonic Experience where we immerse you into the wonderful world of gin. We will guide you through t

Reviewed By MazzyGordon - Auckland, New Zealand

We had a fun time with Bonnie she was a lovely host and wish her and Helen all the best for the future. The table was beautifully presented for us and we happily made and tasted our own gin. Recommend this experience.

10. Hastings Distillers

231 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings 4122 New Zealand +64 6-870 3991 [email protected] http://www.hastingsdistillers.com
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Hastings Distillers

Hastings Distillers are New Zealand's first certified organic producer of artisan spirits and liqueurs. Drawing from their experience as winemakers, David and Kate create a sensorial landscape of New Zealand using a complex blend of botanicals. The cellar door located in the artisan quarter of Hastings offers tastings, bottle sales and all-day light menu.

Reviewed By MikeDKwine - Wellington, New Zealand

Hastings Distillers Dead classy place, the whole experience wonderfully designed and executed. Go for the tasting experience. Taste a couple of gins and an aperitif made with orange and herbs. Ask for a negroni made from them. oh yes! Linger over delicious morsels of food. Leave with a bottle of the Albertine gin or, at the very least put your name down for one, as it's a rare beast of wonderful delight.

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