Enjoy a day of NZ's finest craft gins in the sun!
FRANK KITTS PARK - 12-6PM - 18th & 19th JANUARY 2020
FESTIVAL G&T GLASS TO KEEP
FREE 5ML GIN TASTINGS
GIN MASTER CLASSES
A FESTIVAL PROGRAM
All of our gin producers will have a signature G&T available for purchase by the glass along with other gin based drinks and cocktails.
Meet the makers and attend gin, cocktail and tonic masterclasses in the on-site Gin Theatre.
Bottles will be available for purchase, so you can take home a bottle or two of your favourites!
Food will be available for purchase from some of Wellington’s favourite food vendors.
Curious by nature, Curiosity brings you gins with unique personality and a New Zealand flavour that stands out from the crowd. Made in small batches, whole botanicals are steeped in the base spirit for 24 hours before re-distilling, through ‘Yoyo’ the copper pot still, creating a true hand distilled aromatic gin.
Aotearoa’s goddess of gin. Juno Gin features fresh locally sourced botanicals, pure Taranaki mountain water and distilling artistry that has caught the notice of awards panels all over the globe. To complement their signature Extra Fine gin, Juno release a new gin each quarter that captures the unique abundance and essence of that season. From the rich narrative behind each gin to its gorgeous iconic black bottle and award-winning taste, expect the divine.
Dancing Sands Distillery starts from the most stunning place on the planet, Golden Bay New Zealand. We are New Zealand’s most awarded distillery crafting our simply stunning gin range from the classic Dry Gin and Sun-Kissed gins to the adventurous Wasabi-Strength and Chocolate gins. There is something for everyone.
Blush is here to tickle your taste buds! Let our Rhubarb Gin or our latest Boysenberry take you on a flavour adventure. And YES our legendary Gin Slushies will be back and better than ever. Drink Local, Be Social #BlushGinNZ
Inspired by the spectacular Cape Palliser Lighthouse on the southernmost tip of the North Island, Lighthouse is one of New Zealand’s oldest craft gins. Distiller Rachel Hall is the custodian of a recipe perfected over many years that includes nine botanicals and spring water from the Remutaka Ranges. The result is a pure, complex gin with magnificent citrus, a finely spiced creamy palate.
HI I.Q. LIQUOR MERCHANTS
Many liquor industry people roll their eyes when the phrase "best in the world" is rolled out, so often it is heard, so seldom proven. Hi I.Q. Liquor Merchants goes to great length to source the very best products and make them available to you, including Edinburgh, Fleischmanns and King Robert II.
Created in honour of Reefton legend Little Biddy, a pipe-smoking, gin-toting, 4 foot tall goldminer. Our search for native botanicals takes us deep into the same West Coast rainforest where Biddy once fossicked for gold, to craft a uniquely New Zealand gin with a pioneer’s attitude.
DENZIEN URBAN DISTILLERY
When city people want a city gin to call their own they take matters into their own hands and go on a mission to build an artisan distillery. Fanatical in the pursuit of no-compromise craft gin, we distil rain water with native botanicals in a gorgeous hand-made copper still right in the heart of Wellington. We make brazen city gins.
Winner of the Alcohol Category in the recent Artisan Awards, we wanted to bring back the charm and charisma of the 1900s while creating an honest gin that kiwis could celebrate as their own. With a commitment to keeping things local, 1919 Distilling uses a 600L still that was custom built in New Zealand, source botanicals from small artisan suppliers some of which include Otago cherries and Raw Manuka Honey from the Bay of Islands.
Pondering early rock n’ roll, we thought a few rudimentary instruments working together sound great - let’s work with the basics, get some robust tones going, then turn up the volume. This stripped back approach is how we created Victor Gin. Juniper, lemon, lemongrass, cardamon & coriander - all delicious flavour tones, uniquely decipherable, that hum together with nowhere to hide.
Bureaucrats Gin is an innovative gin distillery located in Wellington NZ where two Wellington bureaucrats distill small batch, hand crafted original gins. Will you prefer their Coconut, Lime and Lemongrass Gin? Or maybe their Spiced Cinnamon Gin is the one for you? Whichever you choose, you’re sure to adore
Putting a premium twist on the premix world. A traditional dry gin made in the sunny Bay of Plenty from natural botanicals with a kiwi twist of Kawakawa and Horopito. New Zealand made, 100% natural, preservative free, low in sugar.
BLENHEIM BAY GIN
Blenheim Bay is a pioneer of the now thriving New Zealand craft gin scene.
Bold and intense, with a total of eleven botanicals, this premium dry gin has distinctive citrus notes, and makes an exceptional G&T.
Indiginous Gin is the passionate adventure of good mates Simon Wilson & Chris Charteris. After 2 years experimenting and scheming, we have established our distillery on the site of the original Tuatara Brewery in the Reikorangi Valley, on the Kapiti Coast. We focus on creating gin which delights those who drink it by delivering a smoothness and clarity of flavour that says quite simply and honestly, 'THIS IS REALLY GOOD GIN".
The Hudson is a mix of the old and new, lived-in and luxuriousness. The ground floor’s worn-in interior shows off the original building’s bones (built in 1927, the same date as NYC Hudson/ Holland tunnel was opened) and makes a highlight of the bar - an island of marble and wood where specialty is flavour. Where cured meats, cheeses, craft beer and boutique gin lead the way! It’s the architectural version of a blazer, T shirt and old jeans. It’s about relaxed luxury.
We blend modern distilling techniques with time-honoured traditions. We celebrate an exciting play between expansive creativity and an unbending commitment to making spirits that will stand the test of time. This duality defines us, inspiring our approach to crafting the finest selection of copper distilled New Zealand gins, vodkas, rums and whiskies available.
South Africa’s premium citrus gin, is crafted from the wonderfully sweet and aromatic soft citrus fruit, sun-ripened and handpicked by selected mandarin growers from across the world.
Sundried ClemenGold peels take the flavour lead with eight botanicals to produce this smooth, Classic Cape Dry style gin with subtle hints of citrus.
Delicious food to go with your craft gin cocktails will be available on the day! Check out our food vendors:
Elemental Eats provide a real food option. Their goal is to provide a selection of delicious, nutrient dense food that is minimally processed and free of dairy, gluten and refined sugars without compromising on taste! They are the go to Food Truck for the vegan, paleo and keto crowds (and everyone in between!)
COME BACK SOON FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AWESOME LOCAL ACTS WHO WILL BE ENTERTAINING YOU AS YOU ENJOY YOUR GIN!
All drinks for consumption at the festival must be purchased using Gin Dollars ($GD) stored on your festival wristband.
Visit the AWOP top-up kiosk on entry or anytime during the festival and load money onto your wristband.
Use your wristband to purchase from vendors. It is the only form of payment that will be accepted for drinks.
On your way out, stop by the kiosk again to refund any cash left on your wristband. You can also get your refund online at awop.co.nz/refunds within 30 days.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable so please make sure you select the correct day when purchasing.
However, if you have purchased a ticket for the wrong day and want to discuss this further, please email email@example.com
Sorry to say, but no. We have a great selection of food providers on the day and most dietary requirements will be catered for. See each location's individual page for the providers on the day!
Sorry, fur babies of all descriptions (except service dogs) will need to stay at home that day.
Yes! In Wellington we have free water stations, and each exhibitor will also have water available. All of the food retailers will have non-alcoholic beverages available as well. In Christchurch there will be wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available from the bar inside the Ilam Homestead. Fever Tree will have a tonic stand at both festivals with their range of tonics for sampling and purchasing.
Gindulgence is R18. No children please, it's an adult-only event.
We have secure storage for your retail purchases. These bottles will be kept safe until you collect them (see the map on your programme). When you have made a purchase your bottle will be placed into a bag and you will be given a ticket to present on your way out. They are not to be opened on site.
Feel free to bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on while you enjoy your gin cocktails. Some seating will be provided.
Gindulgence aims to promote responsible drinking to create a festival environment that everyone can enjoy. Plenty of food, tonics and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Please don’t drink and drive, there are public transport options near our events and taxis or Uber are just a phone call or tap away.
The Gindulgence team will happily assist with phone numbers for safe transport options and information whenever needed.