Our Story

The story so far of Hop on Hop off wine & beer tours (Marlborough & Queenstown). 

Juliearna Kavanagh came up with the idea in 2008 when she wanted to have a tour where people made their own choices. The initial design was written down on a piece of paper and the idea was born. With delays due to earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 & 2011, her efforts were put into her hotel, the award winning Escape to Picton. This left time for fine tuning and eventually in March 2014, the Hop on Hop off wine tours was created. 


There were a few stop starts due to earthquakes but today Hop On Hop Off Wine Tours, Marlborough has over 17 stops including The Wine Station, Seymour Square, Wine Museum, Brayshaw Park, Omaka Aviation, Omaka Classic Cars, Wither Hills, Marlborough Golf Course, FROMM, Cork & Keg, Gibston Bridge, Framingham, The Vines Village, Explore Marlborough, Moa Beer, Allan Scott, Saint Clair & Makana Confections. In Picton stops are E-Ko, The Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and Escape to Picton. 

Escape to Marlborough also offers personalised, semi-exclusive and highly enjoyable travel experiences throughout New Zealand. 


Hop on Hop off Queenstown launched in July 2018 covering 99% of all wineries in Gibbston Valley. 17 Stops that include Shotover Jet, Canyon Food & Brew, Strike Bowl, Cargo @ Gatley's, Gibbston Valley Cheese (Arrowtown), The Winery - Arrowtown, Arrowtown village, Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan, Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door, Wet Jacket Wines, AJ Hacket Bungy, Cargo Brewery/Waitiri Creek Wines, Brennan Wines, Mt Rosa Wines, Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro, Gibbston Tavern, Gibbston Valley Winery, Altitude Brewing and The Winery - Queenstown. 

Cellar doors in Marlborough & Gibbston Valley have a maximun of 6 people so please call to book if you are in a party of 6-8 people.