Hop On Hop Off Wine Tours Bannockburn

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$99.50

Explore Bannockburn and Cromwell on your own timescale as we showcase its scenic locations, iconic activities and the finest wine, craft beers and cuisine!  By joining us on one of our Hop On Hop Off Wine Tours you get to discover the area at your own pace. Experience all the beautiful activities, retail, history and wineries that the region has to offer, whilst enjoying the gorgeous scenery, and of course the wine!

Hop on Hop off Wine Tours Bannockburn runs every Friday - Sunday from 950am - 6pm with easy pick-up and drop-off at the Station Information Centre in Queenstown!

Become your own guide for the day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Bannockburn, and Cromwell.

No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself. Our friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location.

Hop on and off as you please, visiting as many destinations as you like and choosing the duration of your stay at each spot - it's as simple as that!

Highlights

  • Explore over 20 amazing stops throughout the Bannockburn, Cromwell and Gibbston Valley area.
  • Visit some of the best wineries and breweries in the region!
  • Have the freedom to hop on and hop off at as many destinations as you like and stay as long as you like! 
  • Some great special offers & discounts just for HOHO customers!
  • Knowledgeable local guides, free map, bus timetable and stress free experience!
  • We store your wines on the bus as you buy them.

Full Day Tour

Start Times: 9:50 am

Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)


stops

    Check out some of the great specials and discounts offered exclusively to Hop on Hop off customers at each stop!

     

    1.Oxbow Adventure Co. (+64 508 469 269)

    Oxbow Adventure Co offers Jet Sprint Boats, Ultimate Off-Roaders and Clay Bird Shooting to give all adrenaline Junkies an incredibly unique and unforgettable experience. Located between Gibbston Valley and the Cromwell Gorge. Opening times vary depending on demand. Bookings essential. 

    Special: 10% discount to HOHO customers 

     

    2.Goldfields Mining Centre (+64 800 111 038

    Goldfields Mining Centre: Come and explore the Goldfields mines whilst learning about the history of the region. Finish your visit with us trying your luck at panning for gold. Open: May: August 10am – 4pm and September: April 9am – 5pm. 

    Special: We offer Hop on Hop off customers 10% discount.  

     

    3. Jones Family Fruit / Wine & Gardens (+64 3 445 0275)

    Jones Family Fruit Stall: One of the best known fruit stalls in Central Otago. Taste fruit ports and real fruit ice-cream made from our own orchard, or enjoy wines from 7th Heaven, our vineyard in Bannockburn. Currently closed for Winter. 

     

    4. Highland Motorsports Museum (+64 3 445 4052)

    Highlands is a world class motorsport facility with experiences to match including ‘We-Drive’ or ‘U-Drive’ experiences, a Café, Museum and Loo with a View! Open Mon – Sat: 11am – 7pm (3pm on Saturdays). Closed Sundays. 

     

    5. Heritage Precinct  (Stops 5, 6 & 7)

    The Heritage Precinct has buildings from the 1860’s main street of the gold town of Cromwell. Explore the history, cafes, unique businesses and art spaces.

     

    6. Armando’s Kitchen (+64 3 445 0303)

    A charming Italian Café and Restaurant in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Armando’s Kitchen serves fresh pizza, pasta, pastries and Italian coffee. Currently closed for Winter. 

     

    7. The Office Restaurant and Bar (+64 3 428 3211)

    The Office Restaurant and Bar delivers high quality food, a great selection of wine, beer, cocktails, coffee and the best bailey’s hot chocolates in Cromwell. Open for lunch Fri – Sun from 12. 

     

    8. Orchard Complex

     

    9. Misha’s Vineyard (+64 3 445 4456)

    Misha’s Vineyard is one of New Zealand’s Top 20 Wineries. Overlooking Lake Dunstan they offer Pinot Noir and several white wines from their single-vineyard estate. Open everyday from 10am – 4pm except Wed where they open at 12 noon. 

    Special: $10 for 5 tastings (your selection from a range of 10 exceptional wines).

     

    10. Stoaker Room (+64 3 445 4841)

    A true NZ Must Do! Try The Stoaker Rooms speciality, their world famous barrel cuisine and a signature 5 course banquet board, served with matching award winning Wild Earth Wines. A very tasty treat! Open 7 days a week from 12-9pm. 

    Special – 15% off takeaway Wild Earth Wines

     

    11.Wild Earth Wines (located at the Stoaker Room) (+64 3 445 4841)

    Wild Earth is a boutique family owned winery who produce award winning Pinot Noir and also some wonderful examples of aromatic and vibrant Pinot Gris, elegant cool climate Chardonnay, dry and sweet style Rieslings and beautiful Pinot Noir Rosé. Cellar Door is open daily from 12 noon to 9pm. Opening hours are subject to change in winter months. Bookings  required for groups larger than 6 people. 

    Special – 15% off takeaway Wild Earth Wines

     

    12.Scott Base (TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS) (+64 3 445 4715)

    Scott Base Vineyard is a cosy venue wrapped in vines with stunning views. Taste wine and craft beer, or enjoy light bites and share platters. 

    Special: Waived tasting fee with purchase of 2 bottles. 

     

    13. Wooing Tree Vineyard (+64 3 445 4142)

    The Wooing Tree Vineyard, a family owned pinot noir specialist. Well known for their ‘Blondie’ Blanc de Noir variety (Reese Witherspoon’s favourite NZ wine!) Also home of the famous wooing tree, where the locals used to woo their lovers. Open daily 11am – 5pm (closed on Mondays). 

     

    14. River Rock Estate (+64 221 270 5518)

    Cromwell’s River Rock Estate is a boutique vineyard with a cellar door and luxury vineyard accommodation including a hot pools complex. Also home of Tommy Cooper Port. Cellar door open 11am – 5pm. Bookings required.

     

    15. Mt Difficulty (+64 3 445 3445)

    Mt Difficulty Wines is the essence of Central Otago with a stunning view to match. Best known for some of the oldest vineyard sites in the unique microclimate of Bannockburn. Cellar door and restaurant open 1030am – 4pm (closed Monday and Tuesday). Bookings recommended. 

     

    16. Domain Road (+64 3 445 4244)

    Domain Road Wines offer a personal & informative tasting of their home grown, award winning wines whilst enjoying spectacular views from their Cellar Door. Open daily 11am – 5pm. Bookings preferred. 

     

    17. Desert Heart (+64 3 445 3258)

    The Desert Heart cellar door is an idyllic place to enjoy delicious food, exquisite wines and magnificent panoramic views including mountains and the Kawarau River. Closed until September. 

    Special: $10 tasting fee waived if bottle is purchased

     

    18. Te Kano Estate (+64 3 928 6951)

    Te Kano Estate cellar door is in an award winning building. Te Kano is Maori for seed, reflecting their commitment to rejuvenate the land. Cellar door is open Monday – Thursday from 11am – 5pm. Bookings required for groups larger than 8 people. 

     

    19. Bannockburn Hotel Wine Country Bar (+64 3 445 0615)

    The Bannockburn Hotel is a rustic building with one of the best views of the region. It was the 2021 Regional Restaurant of the year and has over 230 wines available, many by the glass, with a sharing style Mediterranean/South Americas menu. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday – Sat: 12 – 9pm and 430pm on Sunday. 

     

    20. Black Rabbit Cafe (+64 3 445 1553)

    Black Rabbit Café is run by locals and offers simple, tasty food 7 days a week. Look out for their daily specials. Open for lunch everyday. Closing times vary. 

    Special: 10% off all food excluding the daily board specials.

     

    21. Carrick Winery & Vineyards (+64 3 445 3480)

    Carrick Winery is a locally owned vineyard. They produce organic, wild-fermented, estate-grown wines all within 1 km of their Bannockburn winery. They offer tastings, tours, a restaurant and accommodation. Cellar door is open 10am – 5pm 7 days a week. Restaurant is open Friday – Tuesday. 

    Special: 10% discount on purchases of 12 or more bottles.

     

    22. Akarua Winery (03-445 0897)

    Akarua is a family owned winery established in 1996. Akarua, meaning ‘two vines’ in Te Reo Māori. They have a facility in both Arrowtown and Bannockburn. Be immersed in the Akarua story at their Cellar Door within a working winery. Surrounded by ‘home block’ vineyards established by the Skeggs family in 1996, on picturesque Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn.

     

    *Be sure to show your HOHO wristband at each stop to claim fantastic stops *

    *at selected stops only, please visit our website for more information

maps and timetable

Prior to the day: 

This is a self guided tour – All tastings are the guests responsibility and at the guests expense. Some wineries will waiver the tasting fee when purchasing wine. We recommend booking lunch prior to the day and bringing water with you to stay hydrated. 

All tours have a minimum number of 6 guests for the tours to run. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if this number is not met. A refund or alternative date for the tour will be offered to all guests. 

If you would like to book for more than 8 guests please contact us directly.  More than 8 people cannot travel together on our tours without prior arrangement due to logistical reasons and the intimate nature of our selected wineries. We do not allow parties to merge 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 at a cost of $200.

Anyone under the age of 18 is welcome, however – to consume alcohol you MUST be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce a Government issued ID to prove your age. A child’s tickets can be purchased for those under 13 years. 

 

On the Day: 

Please be at your pick up stop 5 minutes prior to the departure time. Hop on Hop off does not take any responsibility for lateness. 

Tour Departure Point: The Station Building, Queenstown

We recommend no more than 8 guests hop off at any given winery – this is to ensure a more intimate and enjoyable experience. 

Our buses are not licensed which means alcohol cannot be consumed whilst on the bus. We follow strict duty of care protocols which may result in the stoppage of a guest’s tour when not followed. The removal of the offending passenger in the event of consuming alcohol,  intoxication or disrespectful behaviour may occur. A fine will be charged for any event which causes cleaning such as spillage or soiling the bus ($200). 

You will be provided with a wristband and a map of the stops/the route on the day with the allocated timetable. Use the wristband to unlock Hop on Hop off specials at selected venues (see the website for further information). 

 

Cancellation Policy: 

Cancellations received more than 14 days prior to departure are fully refunded. 

Cancellation received less than 14 days prior to departure will be charged full price. Upon communication with the booking team, we will endeavor to offer a new date for your Hop on Hop off Wine Tour. 

If you cancel within the 14 day period your tickets are non-refundable, if you cancel outside this time frame, you will receive a full refund.

 

COVID Cancellation Policy:

If any part of the country is in an ‘Amber’ Alert level or above, tickets will be non-refundable, and we will put tickets on hold for 48 months.

You can use these tickets, part-use them or gift them to someone else, any time in the 4 year window provided.

If there are no lockdowns anywhere in New Zealand, and we are at the green alert level. Our policy reverts to our 14 day cancellation policy.