Happy customers: Guests on an Altitude Tours wine sampler tour soak it up at Kinross


Queenstown-based Altitude Tours’ wine sampler tour has just been named the ‘Top Wine Experience’ in the world in the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice 2021 Best of the Best Awards.

It was also named the fourth-best overall experience in New Zealand.

Altitude Tours managing director Nigel Hobbs says the award’s the result of all the reviews logged in 2020 and it’s a significant achievement for an NZ tourism operator — particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘‘We are absolutely stoked to be recognised as providing the best wine experience on the planet,’’ Hobbs says.

‘‘What’s even better is that this award hasn’t been decided by a third-party association — this has been judged by our previous customers who have submitted excellent reviews and ratings of the tour, making this award so much more authentic.

‘‘We couldn’t be happier.’’

Tripadvisor’s the largest global travel platform with more than 859 million reviews on tourism and travel products.

It analyses the reviews based on category type by country, then by world, for the annual ‘best of the best’ awards.

Stoked: Altitude Tours managing director and co-founder Nigel Hobbs

Hobbs says the company’s wine sampler tour is a five-hour sightseeing and wine-tasting experience, chauffeured by an expert wine guide who had to go through a two-day theory and a practical exam to pass and be certified, in a luxury Mercedes.

‘‘When we first launched the tour back in 2017 it was our vision to create the world’s best wine experience and we’re excited to have achieved that.

‘‘We specifically picked off-the-beaten-track and well-known cellar doors to give our guests the perfect combination of wines and cellar door experiences.’’

The top three experiences in NZ were rafting and ziplining in Rotorua and a Milford Sound flight-cruise.