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NZ’s first-ever Gin Garden opens in Queenstown

Broken Heart Spirits distillery has launched New Zealand’s first ever boutique gin tasting room in Queenstown.

Located in Arthurs Point, the Gin Garden is centred around 12 locally-distilled Broken Heart spirits, a brand-new Oktoberfest-inspired lager and locally sourced, seasonal foods.

Broken Heart Spirits owner, Joerg Henkenhaf, hails from Germany but has lived in New Zealand for 20 years.

He developed the concept for the Gin Garden with the aim of delivering a stunning location in which to showcase his range of spirits in a venue with a unique European flavour.

“It’s been a dream of mine for many years to serve our products in one beautiful, cohesive space, and have a dedicated tasting room for the first time in Broken Heart’s history,” says Joerg.

Joerg Henkenhaf

“The Gin Garden will be our new home, where we’ll share our story and passion, to bring a new level of understanding to what we do and why we do it.”

The Gin Garden offers a boutique vibe fitting for gin-lovers, local residents and all those visiting the district.

It’s a few minutes’ drive from central Queenstown and less than a minute’s drive from the base of the Coronet Peak access road.

An exclusive tasting room, suitable for up to eight guests, can be pre-booked by groups for a hosted tasting delving into the intriguing backstory and inner world of Broken Heart Spirits.

General Manager Megan Agras has 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry under her belt.

“Broken Heart Spirits is such an incredible brand with truly unique and beautiful products,” she says.

“I’m excited to share more of it with the Queenstown community and beyond, through our Gin Garden.”

The Gin Garden has an on- and off-licence, so visitors can buy spirits, beer, wine and bubbles on site to take home.

For tastings reservations email

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