Queenstown Wine Trail - Queenstown

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Queenstown Wine Trail has been operating since 1992 and is privately owned by Lance Benseman and Heather McDonald and their team.


As the Central Otago wine region has grown, the range and options of wine tours with Queenstown Wine Trail has developed. Lance and Heather have built strong committed partnerships with the Queenstown and Central Otago vineyards in the last two decades. They are constantly modifying and developing their product to satisfy client demand and incorporate appropriate new vineyards as they come on

Queenstown Wine Trail is the leading wine tour operator in Queenstown and has developed wine itineraries ranging from daily wine tours and wine combination tours to highly personalised private wine tours. In addition to scheduled wine tours Queenstown Wine Trail also caters for conferences, incentives and group itineraries.


The experienced team of staff and close relationship the company has with the wineries means their guests are guaranteed a fun, informative, friendly and personalised tour. On our tours, guests meet members of each vineyard team for a close up perspective of the local wine.

Discover for yourself what makes Central Otago so unique with Queenstown’s leading wine tour company.

FLEET: Queenstown Wine Trail has the newest and highest standard of vehicles compared to all other dedicated wine tour operators in Queenstown. Our newest addition is the 2016 Mercedes Valente, perfect for smaller groups or private tours.


For first time tasters or wine connoisseurs, Queenstown’s original wine tour offers a fun and informative afternoon, enjoying award winning wines and local hospitality. Our relaxed personalised tours allow time for winery lunches and cheese tasting with less travel time and more wine time. 

Original Wine Tour (Operates all year round)


Join us for an in-depth introduction to local wineries with an option of purchasing a winery lunch. Tour includes tasting at four wineries, an underground wine cave tour, time to relax at wine bar or Chessery and a view of Queenstown’s original bungy jump.
Departs: Daily 12.30pm, Duration: 5 hours


Wine & Food Sampler (Operates all year round)

This unique wine and food experience delivers an unforgettable taste of wild sophistication in the heart of Central Otago’s wine region. It is unhurried tour that takes in the scenic Kawarau Gorge and Gibbston Valley vineyards and is ideal for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes wine tastings, underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation & tastings and Lunch prepared in Wine Barrel BBQ with wine match.
Departs: Daily at 12.30pm,  Duration 4 hours



Our friendly personalised private wine tours are ideally suited for a couple, family or small group of friends who prefer to exclusivity and flexibility of a private guide and vehicle. Enjoy ‘behind the scenes’ interaction with winery personnel and experience a close-up perspective of our world class wines and local cuisine.

Private tours are prearranged on request and departure times are flexible. After careful consultation with our experienced guides you can choose the wineries you wish to visit. You will be picked up in our comfortable Lexus Sedan or Toyota Mini Bus.



Exclusive and creative customised group activities in Queenstown New Zealand that are definitely different and fun!~Tour options may include Wine, Garden, Art Studios, Spa, Shopping, Sightseeing and Walking, Helicopter or Jetboat transfers can also be arranged.

Queenstown Wine Trail’s division ‘Designer Days’ specialises in tailor made tours for your conference, incentive group, partner programme or wine clubs. We offer tailor-made tours in the Arrowtown, Gibbston or Central Otago regions. Our tours are carefully designed to suit clients’ individual needs, ranging from 2 hours to full day tours for 2 to 80 people. www.designerdays.co.nz

(also owned and operated by Queenstown Wine Trail)

Discover the hidden splendour of some of our district’s finest private country gardens set in the area’s grand alpine scenery. Relax and chat with friendly homeowners as they show you through their treasured gardens. This is a time to savour the “kiwi” culture and knowledge. These delightfuly located gardens are just a short journey from Queenstown with spectacular views. Enjoy morning tea in a fabulous New Zealand garden setting This tour also takes you through historic
Arrowtown, a picturesque gold mining village. Queenstown Garden Walk is unique in offering visits to private residential gardens which enhances a memorable experience.





Queenstown Wine Trail

PO Box 733

Queenstown, New Zealand

Phone: 03 441 3990

Fax: 03 441 3191 0800



Contact person: Heather McDonald

Comments: 2
  • #2

    Heather McDoanld (Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:07)

    I have outlined our very popular Daily Tours which are fun, friendly and affordable.We are now offering two Private Tour options, one a half day tour and the other, a full day tour traveling further into the Central Otago wine region. This tour can also include a visit to the new Highland Motorsport Park, on request.

  • #1

    Heather McDonald (Wednesday, 10 July 2013 22:21)

    Marijke is this the comment box?

Queenstown Wine Trail - Gibbston Valley
Queenstown Wine Trail - Gibbston Valley
Queenstown Wine Trail
Queenstown Wine Trail
Wine Cave
Wine Cave
Heather McDonald & Lance Benseman, owners of QWT
Heather McDonald & Lance Benseman, owners of QWT
Small groups
Small groups
The Queenstown Wine Trail fleet
The Queenstown Wine Trail fleet
Vineyard tour
Vineyard tour
Lunch at vineyard
Lunch at vineyard