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Queenstown tourism company launches world’s first heli-gin tour

Queenstown tourism company Altitude Tours has today launched the world’s first heli-gin tour.

The tour operator has designed the unique tour around some of the country’s most coveted gin spots, with helicopter transfers provided by The Helicopter Line. A by-road option is also available via luxury Mercedes vehicles.

Altitude Tours managing director Nigel Hobbs says the company’s two gin experiences are the only gin tours offered in New Zealand and its heli-gin tour is a world first.

“Gin is very ‘in’ right now and distilleries are popping up everywhere,” he says. “The gin-dustry is the new craft beer and the Central Otago climate and alpine conditions are ideal for developing pure, smooth gin.”

“These experiences are catering to the keen market of gin enjoyers by offering an epic day out that includes impeccable gin and hospitality, and scenic helicopter flights over some of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes.”

The two new, guided experiences – the Queenstown Gin Tour and the Queenstown Heli-Gin Tour – are now open for bookings.

The six-hour Queenstown Gin Tour includes transport in a luxury Mercedes, with tastings and tours at the Cardrona Distillery and The Winery, followed by a visit to the Gin Garden by Broken Heart Spirits. Guests can see how gin is distilled, taste-test and take in the scenery.

The six-hour Heli-Gin tour takes the experience one step further with an incredible scenic flight to the Cardrona Distillery, including a celebratory toast at a secluded alpine location with panoramic views, as well as tastings in private rooms, shared grazing boards and a traditional German Tarte Flambee pizza at the Gin Garden.

“Both gin experiences are full sensory and have been designed to be a nice mix of sightseeing, education and fun,” says Hobbs. “It is perfect for all types of people, and also offers some flexibility and opportunities to taste other spirits and wine or beer, too.”

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