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Things to do in Gibbston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“Best for off piste skiing/hiking in winter but worth a drive halfway up to check out the views in summer or drive to the base and hike to Lake Alta (30mins each way)”
  • 36 locals recommend
Winery
“So many good wineries to visit along Gibbston Valley from Chard farm, to Peregrine winery, all offering superb Central Otago wines! Great to do on a rainy day. Wine tours available from booking agencies in town.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“Our Local... great anytime of day for coffee, brunch, lunch Dinner, drinks, ice cream, pizza”
  • 28 locals recommend
Nature
“No visit to Queenstown would be complete without a stop at the Kawarau Bungy Centre, The World Home of Bungy, opened in 1988. Nestled into a rock face overlooking the stunning Kawarau River, the view alone will satisfy any crowd.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Food
“They have a unique and modern cellar door with a curved roof representing the wings of a peregrine falcon. Once inside enjoy the view of the barrel room through the glass wall while enjoying some of the best Otago wines. Pinot Noir anyone? Great wines and welcoming friendly staff.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Winery
“The birthplace of Otago wines! The longest running winery in the area, with its own wine cave and cheesery. Tours run every hour and include a tasting!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Great wines & tasting room, beautiful gardens with a huge sculpture. Amazing drive alongside the Kawarau gorge - not for the faint-hearted, as it's a one lane dirt track with sheer cliffs in places, but well worth the drive!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Music Venue
“go there in the summer for a sun soaked outdoor area, some good old fashioned outdoor games to play with, great pizza and food options, washed down with some tasty local brewed beers, more relaxed for families than some of the other nearby wineries. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lake
“Take a drive up the Remarkables to the NZSki base and hike up to Lake Alta. Go in good weather and always take warm clothes as the weather can change rapidly in our mountains”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Good tastings, especially the Blue cheese, & the baked brie on the menu that comes with a baguette & caramelised onions! Calorific but to die for!! Right next to Gibbston Valley Winery”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“You want to lay back and relax try Gibbston valley tavern, home made beers, pizza, bar food.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Great evening meals. Bonus free wine tasting with every dinner booked. 5 min drive.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“You can also walk from Lower Shotover to the Lake Hayes Playground/Cafe/ Restaurant ( a loop: 3 hours with kids). The walk has some ups and downs. Refreshments at "The Hayes" always work as a good motivator. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Mt Rosa, a collection of local wines, free wine tasting and country setting”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Winery
“The birthplace of Otago wines! The longest running winery in the area, with its own wine cave and cheesery. Tours run every hour and include a tasting!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Music Venue
“go there in the summer for a sun soaked outdoor area, some good old fashioned outdoor games to play with, great pizza and food options, washed down with some tasty local brewed beers, more relaxed for families than some of the other nearby wineries. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“You want to lay back and relax try Gibbston valley tavern, home made beers, pizza, bar food.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely Waitiri wines, a restored church setting, lovely wines, small charge for wine tasting discounted of any purchases.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really interesting winery tour - go deep into the hillside cellar. Large restaurant and cheesery too. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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