Volcanic Hills Winery, Rotorua

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#2 of 165 in Wineries in New Zealand
Ride to the top of the Rotorua Skyline gondola and sample the delicious wines of Volcanic Hills Winery, where the mountainside tasting room offers panoramic views of Lake Rotorua and distant peaks. Participate in a wine tasting, led by the winery's friendly and informative owners, or just sit back with a glass of wine, nibble at a cheese board, and take in the scenery. Before heading up, consider stopping by the winery itself (at the base of the gondola), to see how a truckload of grapes turns into a bottle of fine wine. To plan Rotorua vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Over the Christmas Break, we traveled over to Rotorua to go up the Gondola for a Wine Tasting & some lunch. We pre-purchased online which was a great idea as we were able to miss the long ques & head ...  more »
  • What a fantastic gem of a place! Amazing wine tasting, delicious cheese platter which complimented the vino superbly. Very attentive staff thank you Johnny for reconnecting me with my love for Chardon...  more »
  • We had a lovely wine tasting here with our family of 12. The views are incredible and the wine is yummy too!  more »
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  • Annie was our server today; amazing customer service, a wide range of product knowledge, nice and tidy attire, a lovely person and a fantastic addition to your team . The wines were lovely, the bottles look classy, then environment is very clean and tidy. Highly recommend.
  • Lovely and where else can you sample wine on the side of a dormant volcano.
  • The wine was pretty good however, not sure if it was just the server that we had, but the tastings were done at tables instead of at the bar so a tasting that should have taken 10 min took about 45 and we weren't really provided with alot of information about the different wines. I think he realized the issue and apologized and did give us a free tasting of the tawny but still we would have liked to have had more time to maybe have a glass or two.
  • Amazing experience, excellent wine and johny the best treat ever.
  • Great wines and service through our tasting. Learnt some very interesting facts about NZ and Australian wines. Also, what a great view!!

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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