New Zealand Gin Distillers List

The Kiwis are a long way from most places, and I think that’s fostered their self-reliance, global world view, and a pursuit of excellence in pretty much everything..

So in New Zealand a new generation of distillers are finding inspiration in their locations, from the top of the North Island to the bottom of Southland and all points between.  In less than 10 years distilling industry has grown exponentially from a handful to about 100. Many are family owned, two person operations, others are being scaled for growth with an eye on export sales. 

At the time of writing there about 50 gin distilleries in New Zealand, most offering a range of gin styles, from their take on the classic London Dry, to barrel aged and seasonal styles that highlight particular botanicals.

Many of the distilleries are small batch, meaning they may be only bottling a few hundred bottles at a time, hand foraging their botanicals, using local sources of water, and making their our distribution networks to get their gins to the consumer. 

In March 2019, I had the honour of being a guest international judge at their inaugural craft spirits awards in Wellington- you can read about that experience and the winners here.

Here’s a list of the current distillers, note the makers may have released multiple gin labels, so this list does not include every release available.

Updated 14 July 2019

  1. 1st Cut Gin, Nelson
  2. 1919 Distillery Gin, Auckland
  3. Ariki Gin, Auckland
  4. Blenheim Bay Gin, Blenheim
  5. Black Robin Gin, Auckland
  6. Black Collar Distillery, Bay of Islands
  7. Blush Gin, Albany
  8. Broken Heart Gin, Queenstown
  9. Bureaucrats Gin, Wellington
  10. Cardona, Cardona, South Island
  11. Christie’s Crisp Gin, New Zealand (no website)
  12. Curiosity Gin,Christchurch
  13. Dancing Sands Distillery, Takaka
  14. Dellows Distillery, Waiheke
  15. Denzian Urban Distillery, Wellington
  16. Elementals Spirits, Malborough
  17. First Cut, Nelson
  18. Gin and Bare it Gin, Central Otago
  19. Hidden World Gin, Auckland
  20. Indiginous Gin, Kapiti
  21. Island Gin, Great Barrier Island
  22. Juno Gin, New Plymouth
  23. Karven Gin, Auckland
  24. Kiwi Spirit, Takaka
  25. Lavender Hill, Coatesville
  26. Lighthouse Gin, Martinborough
  27. Little Biddy, Reefton
  28. Liquid Alchemy, Nelson
  29. Matakana Moonshine Gin, Matakana
  30. Mahurangi Gin, Waiwera
  31. Prenzel Shop Marlborough
  32. Puhoi Organic Distillery, Puhoi
  33. Rogue Society Gin, Auckland
  34. Reid & Reid, Martinborough
  35. Revenge Gin, Auckland
  36. Roaring Forties, Nelson
  37. Riot and Rose, Marlborough
  38. Sacred Spring Gin, Takaka
  39. Smoke and Oakum
  40. South Gin (out of production)
  41. Southward Distilling Small Batch gin, Wellington
  42. Sundown Gin, Auckland
  43. Thomsons Victor Gin , Ricverhead
  44. The Source Gin, Cardrona
  45. TeKiwi Unique Gin, Takaka
  46. Vaione Gin, Auckland
  47. Victor Gins i, Riverhead
  48. Waiwera Mahurangi Gin, Waiwera
  49. Wild Diamond Gin, Wanaka

 

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