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Indulge in a luxury Central Otago winery experience

Indulge in a luxury Central Otago winery experience

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to top-notch wine producers in Central Otago.

Indulge in a luxury Central Otago winery experience

And there’s more to these wineries than meets the eye – many of them offer luxury experiences that take a vineyard visit to the next level.

From high-end accommodation, to helicopter flights, to tailored wine tastings, here are some fabulous ways to experience the best of the region in style.


Mt Michael Lodge

There’s no mistaking you’re in the heart of Central Otago wine region when you arrive at Mt Michael Lodge. Set in the Mt Michael vineyard, this stunning hosted lodge rests on a terrace overlooking Lake Dunstan, the Pisa and Dunstan mountain ranges. Host Fiona Marris is a life-long foodie who placed in the top 10 in Season 5 of MasterChef New Zealand – so dining in-house is a culinary experience not to be missed. Combine your stay with the Heliview Wine Tasting at Altitude, where you will be picked up and dropped off at the front lawn of the lodge. 

Mt Michael Lodge, Cromwell

Aurum Loft

Situated in the Aurum Wine organic vineyard and gardens, this is a luxury loft suite where you can be as sociable or self-sufficient as you wish. A perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend or to simply get away from it all. Take part in the private Winemaker Tour for an extra special way to experience Aurum’s wines.

Aurum Loft, Cromwell


Mt Michael Cellar Door Wine Tasting flight 

Taste Mt Michael wines on top of the mountain from which they get their name with a Heliview Wine Tasting at Altitude. You’ll be given an aerial overview of the Cromwell Basin vineyards, followed by a personalised wine tasting with Mt Michael winemaker Jody Pagey. Each of Mt Michael’s three wines are provided along with some seasonal nibbles.

Mt Michael Cellar Door wine tasting flight, Heliview, Cromwell

Heli Jeep Wine Tour

Take a unique tour of Central Otago’s wineries by helicopter and Jeep. Visiting up to six Central Otago vineyards, the day includes a private helicopter flight, alpine landing and exclusive vineyard experiences, winery lunch and wine tastings. Transport from and to your accommodation is also included, as well as chauffeured travel by Jeep between vineyards. The choice of vineyards is customised and tailored to suit your preference.

Heli Jeep Wine Tour, Heliview, Cromwell


The Cloudy Bay Shed

This is no ordinary shed – Cloudy Bay’s Central Otago home, set in its Northburn Vineyard near Cromwell, is a true luxury winery experience. Choose from a range of options such as a cellar door wine tasting, a tailor-made tasting with a bespoke selection of wines, or a private gastronomic lunch or dinner paired with Cloudy Bay wines in the private Lakeview Room.

The Cloudy Bay Shed, Cromwell

Te Kano Estate

Te Kano’s spectacular new cellar door is cantilevered out into the Felton Road landscape, with incredible views of the Kawarau River, Cromwell Basin and mountains beyond. Enjoy pinot and chardonnay from the vineyard while sampling local delicacies from their serving platters. 

Te Kano Estate, Bannockburn

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