• The Thirsty Traveller Craft Beer Tour

  • Craft Beer & Brewery Tour

  • Price: $209 adults, (no children on this tour) Includes shared pizza lunch, 10 craft beer tastings and a Cardrona ale.

    Arrowtown Gold
    Your adventure begins at the Fork And Tap, a charming ale house and restaurant, set in an historic stone cottage that made its debut in 1867 (during a gold rush). They specialise in New Zealand craft beers and you are going to sample 4 of them, along with gourmet pizza and hearty fries to warm and cheer your group (and line your stomachs!)*

    *Special dietary requirements can be catered to, just let us know what you need when you make your booking

    The Crown Range
    The Crown Range is New Zealand's most elevated highway, so prepare yourself for some outrageously beautiful views of Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu as we spiral our way up into the tussock-covered hills.

    Wanaka Beerworks
    Learn about the beauties of brewing a proper craft beer. You'll be guided through the brewery with a specialist, who will share insights about the traditional methods used to create their magic potions, and you'll be invited to sample six craft beers.  

    World-famous Cardrona Hotel
    The historic Cardrona Hotel was built in 1863 and must surely be one of Central Otago's most photographed buildings. You'll see why! Its quaint, ambient style has featured in many wedding albums around the world. It also happens to have its very own brew - Cardrona Ale, which will be served to you in an ice cold glass. Aaah!

    Special option: The Cardrona Distillery

    There is a option to swap out the brewery tour with a tour and tasting at the Cardrona Distillery. This is only available on request, please contact us prior to booking.



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  • Tour Information

    • The Thirsty Traveller tour operates daily from 11.30am to 5.00pm

    • Please note that numbers are restricted to 10 in a group. For safety reasons this tour does not cater for children. A minimum of 4 passengers is required to run the tour

    • We provide pick up and drop off from selected Queenstown accommodation providers. 

    • This Tour runs in conjunction with the Arrowtown Wanaka Half Day Tour

  • Tour Times

    • Please be ready and waiting in the foyer of your accommodation 15 mins before the pick up times indicated:
      - Pick up time Queenstown accommodation - from 11.10am
      - Drop off time for ALL - approximately 5.00pm

    • To Bring: Camera, warm clothes, raincoat, sunscreen and hat

  • Tour price includes shared light lunch, craft beer tastings, 1 glass of Cardona Ale & guided brewery tour. Price $209 per person

  • Check out some of the reviews for the Thirsty Travller on TripAdvisor

  • Originally from Belgium (Beer Capital) so booked the Craft Beer Tour to see what New Zealand has to offer concerning it's Beers and I was not disappointed! We tasted a couple of Beers, had an amazing tour and tasting at the distillery in Wanaka and finished with a Wine tasting in Arrowtown. Cathy was our driver and you can really see that she loves what she's doing! Great commentaries and little stories of the areas visited. To summarize, Definitely worth booking if wanting to discover the surroundings while enjoying some nice drinks in good company ;)

    “Probably Best Tour In Queenstown/ Wanaka!” TripAdviser

  • Craft beer and distillery tour a hit!” Waking up with rain in the morning we were initially disappointed that the popular excursions would not work. Then we found this tour and OMG what an absolute winner! Better than anything else we could have done. Wayne the owner drove us through breathtaking beauty to little towns and pubs steeped in history and character and improved by the great atmosphere and great beer!! What an absolute winner! I can recommend this as one of the best tours Queenstown offers! Thank you Wayne! What a brilliant friendly and knowledgable host. Will be back!

    "Craft beer and distillery tour a hit!” TripAdviser

  • Wayne did an excellent job of not only providing several options of local beer tasting, but also a memorable sight seeing tour of the Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka areas. The timing between stopping at brew houses / bars and scenic areas was spot on - perfect mix. Would recommend this tour to anyone who has a half day to spare in the Queenstown area. - Jeremy & Julia - Sept 2016

    “Great tour!!” TripAdviser