Whanganui's first craft gin distillery, now shipping NZ wide

Award-winning gin, artisan distilled in Whanganui

Exquisite gins winning awards in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Papaiti Gin teams up with Sustaina Grow

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  • Speakeasy Cruise

    Back by popular demand! Our next speakeasy trip on board the legendary Paddlesteamer Waimarie takes place Saturday 13th April, departing 6pm

    Grab your pals, pick your favourite 1920s attire, and come enjoy some live music, Gin tasting, cocktails and the secretive atmosphere of the Whanganui River.

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  • Make your own gin

    Join Papaiti Gin co-founder and distiller Adrian and learn how to make your own gin. This is as hands-on as it gets, from deciding on a recipe to running the still.

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Papaiti Gin Distillery

Our distillery is located in the small rural village of Upokongaro. Just a few kilometres north of Whanganui, Upokongaro sits opposite our Papaiti home and orchard, on the banks of the Whanganui river - Te Awa Tupua. It's easy to visit whether you are travelling by foot, bike, car or historic riverboat.
We are passionate about our hands-on, artisan approach to crafting gin and it is here in the distillery where all the magic happens.
Everything from mixing botanicals, distillation, bottling and distribution happens in this small but functional space.
Our cellar door is open for retail business and we do love welcoming visitors and telling our story. So if you're around, make sure to drop in.

Botanicals

Gin is incredibly creative. As long as juniper is the dominant botanical, you can pair it with just about anything. The real art to crafting gin is getting the mix of botanicals just right and it is the balance of botanicals that gives every gin its own unique flavour signature.

Whilst some botanicals, like juniper, just aren’t readily available in New Zealand, we're trying to use as many locally sourced botanicals as we can. Right now there’s a little bit of our home that goes into every bottle of gin that we produce, and we envisage that within 12-months all of our citrus and native botanicals will be able to be sourced from within the Whanganui region.

Mountains to Sea

The distillery sits right on the Mountains to Sea - Ngā Ara Tūhono cycle trail. It comes right through our car park!
We welcome every cyclist riding the trail (as well as those just doing shorter trips out from town) and of course the Te Araroa hikers walking past, too. We are right behind supporting the ever-expanding trail network in and around Whanganui.
If you've run out of water, come see us for a refill. If you’re having a bit of a mechanical we’ve got a few basic tools that might be able to help you out. Or if you’re just passing by and want to stop by for a chat, or to check us out, then come on in.

Generally, if the lights are on, someone is in and would be more than happy to chat or or help you out.

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