Volcanic Hills Winery, Rotorua

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Winery / Vineyard · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
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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  • Took family up on the Gondola to view the Luge and other activities at the top. Cold day so retreated inside the Gondala building. Came upon Volcanic Wines and decided to try a wine tasting. Great....  more »
  • Wine was ok - host had character not my cup of tea tho, didn’t hate the experience he was just hosting so many groups it was hard to really enjoy yourself and want a glass of the preferred one at the....  more »
  • The best wine tasting I've ever had the pleasure of doing. Brent was a fabulous host - very knowledgeable and absolutely hilarious, truly made it an amazing experience for us. The wines were...  more »
  • A great way to spend a couple of hours - a great view, fine wine and a matching cheese and fruit platter. Thanks for the hospitality Johnny and Sarah!
  • It was a beautiful day at the tasting room. The tasting was intimate and informative. Annie told us about the history of New Zealand and explained the types of wine we tasted. If you just want a taste with no explanation, this is not the place. You can’t beat the views, the decor or the company. It was beautiful! Thank you Annie!!
  • My girlfriend and I went to this winery for a tasting of 5 wines and were served by Annie. The wines were great but our server really made the experience, she was friendly, personable and funny enough to have her own stand up show. Really nice experience, would definitely recommend to others.
  • Amazing experience-great wine, delicious cheese and amazing company/service. Johnny Rainbow was an excellent knowledgeable and hilarious host. Grab a bottle to go before you leave this place! Also heads up- go to trip advisor at least the day before and get the lift ticket (gondola) and the wine tasting package- you’ll get about a ten dollar discount if you do. My husband and I made the mistake of not buying ours a head of time thinking we would pass on the gondola- but you have to get it because it’s the only way to get up to the winery!
  • Great experience to start out our honeymoon. The wine was excellent and conversation with Johnny Rainbow was fantastic. We give him 10 stars. -Tom and Allie

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