• Craft Beer, Wine & Distillery Tours

  • Let us design a private tour for you and your friends, with a multiple of fantastic options in Queenstown this is the perfect way for friends, conference groups and sports teams to enjoy a fun social private afternoon in our amazing region. Below is a small taste of the many great options we can arrange. 

     Waitiri Creek Vineyard & Cargo Brewery 

    Located at Waitiri Creek, Gibbston Valley, the tasting room was originally the Wangaloa Presbyterian Church. It was built in 1894 and relocated to Queenstown in 2000 where it became the cellar door for Waiter Creek Vineyard, Serving locally produced Waitiri Creek Wines and unique Cargo Craft Beer guests can enjoy a unique beer and/or wine tasting experience.

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

    Gibbston Valley Vineyards 

    The Gibbston Valley is a hot spot for great New Zealand Wines, we can recommend a celler door or if you have a favourite we can arrange a private tasting.

    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.

    Gibbston Valley Cheese

    Located in Queenstown's Valley of Vines, high in the southern mountains, Gibbston Valley Cheese specializes in sheep, cow and goat cheeses crafted in the European style. The only cheesery among the wineries of the region, this unique experience features a cafe, retail chop and complimentary tastings of Gibbston Valley Cheese range. 

    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!

    The Cardrona Distillery

    Located in the Cardrona Valley the Cardrona Distillery is the regions only distillery. Come and learn the art of making hand-distilled artisan spirits. Your guide will take you through every step of the distillery process, from milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation. Finish with a tasting of the Cardrona artisan spirits. 


    Contact Us to discuss your tour

  • Tour Information

    • Craft Beer & Wine tours are private tours only and operate from 11.30am to 5.00pm unless a different time is requested.

    • For safety reasons these tours do 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. 

    • Prices quoted are based on activates chosen by guests. 

  • 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