Volcanic Hills Winery, Rotorua

4.5
#2 of 123 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 visit Volcanic Hills Winery and get the most from your holiday in Rotorua, create itinerary details personal to you using our Rotorua holiday planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in the tasting room at the top of the Gondola. It was at the end of a rainy day and as the sky cleared and the lights appeared over the city we sat for an hour ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    We had a great time hearing the history behind volcanic hills wine while taking in a spectacular view of Rotorua! Take a short gondola ride up the hill to the wine tasting room. There is a great area ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Great wine and beautiful view - we had a lovely time being looked after by Johnny Rainbow, who explained about the wines and was generally hilarious and fantastic to spend time with.  more »
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  • 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.
  • We bought a wine and talked to other mom while drinking wine while kids played. One of our child dropped the juice and did one little noise (scream). Ann (the manager) who served told us came to clean the juice and became very annoyed. She said that this place is for adults and customers cannot stand kids cry. There were only 2 customers in the restaurant. The rest us 8 people: 4 adults and 4 kids. We think if person is annoyed with kids then should not work in the hospitality area. I also have a business and I was surprised. She came to a 2.5 years child and said u cannot cry here. Ann said it s common sense to know it :o. She also said that a child cry annoys many people. If kids are not allowed then why did she serve us initially and also no sign about kids was displayed. Also Sky Line is a kids destination and it s a schools holidays.
  • Great wines and service through our tasting. Learnt some very interesting facts about NZ and Australian wines. Also, what a great view!!
  • What a surprise - great wine, great atmosphere, great cheese plater - just ticked all the boxes!
  • The winery's tasting room is located on top of the skyline hill. You have to ride the gondala up but you can package your activities together (husband and I did the gondala ride + wine tasting + 3 luge rides - do the luge, it was so much fun!). The wine in the tasting were fantastic. Johnny was our wine tour guide. He really took the time to get to know us a bit, ask us where we were from, what we've done so far, give us some recommendations, and had a fun way of explaining the different wines we were tasting. He explained that we were in white wine heaven. I had the best sauvignon blanc I've ever had, we ended up buying a bottle (or two). I would recommend getting the wedges and sour cream for the food with your wine tasting. We also had the opportunity to try the 15 year old tawny which was really sweet and strong. Highly recommend!

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