It's worth raising a glass to the view alone at Rippon since the Tuscan-styled cellar door has surely the finest winery view in NZ. In a bid to contain numbers, the popular free tastings must now be booked in advance online. Tasting sessions are limited to 12 people and commence promptly on the hour, sampling four to six wines over 30 to 45 minutes.

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2. Puzzling World

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3. National Transport & Toy Museum

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4. Wanaka Beerworks

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5. Cardrona Distillery

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6. Bendigo Historic Reserve

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7. Lakes District Museum & Gallery

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8. Arrowtown Gaol

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