Featuring Kiwi and Aussie Gin Distilleries!

Calling all gin enthusiasts and fun lovers!

Gather your friends and embark on a gin-filled extravaganza like no other at the Auckland Gin Festival. Friday to Sunday 2-4 February 2024.

Indulge your taste buds and explore the world of gin. With a lineup of Kiwi and Aussie craft distillers showcasing 150+ gins at each 3½-hour tasting session, this is your ticket to gin paradise.

Book early so that you don’t miss out on this sensational opportunity to sip, savour, and celebrate the captivating world of gin at the Auckland Gin Festival!

Pace yourself and taste various G&Ts around The Cloud. All drinks are included in your ticket. Chat to the distillers and the Long Rays tonic team and learn about gin at the free Tasting Theatre then grab some some gourmet treats from the food trucks on the courtyard overlooking the bay.

There is no limit on the samples you can taste from a selection of 150 gins, but we ask you to drink responsibly. You may purchase bottles to take home and enjoy later – we even supply a tasing glass to keep and a tote bag for your purchases.

Tasting Sessions

Friday 2 February
5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 3 February
11.00am – 2.30pm
4pm – 7.30pm  SOLD OUT
Sunday 4 February
12.00pm – 3.30pm

AU $60
NZ $65

Friday 6pm-6.20pm
  • What is gin and what are the main classifications of gin?
  • What is a Navy Gin?
    – Aussie and Kiwi examples
  • What is the best tonic to go with Navy Gin?
Friday 7pm-7.20pm
  • What is gin and what are the main classifications of gin?
  • Just how Slow is a Sloe Gin?
  • Aussie and Kiwi examples
  • What is the best tonic to go with Sloe Gin?
Saturday 12pm-12.20pm
  • What is gin and what are the main classifications of gin?
  • What is a Classic Gin?
  • Aussie and Kiwi examples
  • What is the best tonic to go with Classic Gin?
Saturday 5pm-5.20pm
  • Why add tonic to gin?
  • How much tonic do I add?
  • Which type of tonic is best with which type of gin?
  • Should it be chilled?
  • Are G&Ts best with ice?
Sunday 1pm-1.20pm
  • What is gin and what are the main classifications of gin?
  • What is a Flavoured Gin?
  • Aussie and Kiwi examples
  • What is the best mixer to go with Flavoured Gin?

Taste along with Charlie and compare the Kiwi gins against the Aussies. Headphones supplied.

Masterclass by George

Author of the New Zealand gin guide

George Grbich is a New Zealand-based spirits judge and author of The New Zealand Gin Guide with a strong passion for the world of gin. At the youthful age of 24, he has already published six independent books covering more than 800 gins and 300 distilleries. Experienced and committed to the promotion and development of the craft spirits industry and scene, George leverages both youth and expertise to share his knowledge and passion with others.

In the class he will compare and contrast two world class industries looking at gins that hold some properties of a classic style but integrate local flare and flavour. You will sample drinks showcasing NZ Native botanicals alongside a more classic backbone: Roots Dry Gin for Kawakawa and Juno for Manuka & Harakeke. You will be able to contrast these against Australian Native botanicals from Prohibition’s Original for Lemon Myrtle and Archie Rose’s Signature for Geraldton Wax and Pepper leaf.

Masterclass by George – Friday 2 February 4pm-5pm in the Cloud. $115 includes the following 3.5 hour festival session.  SOLD  OUT

Camden Valley Masterclass

With Charlie Casben

Gin expert, Charles Casben of Moya’s Juniper Lounge in Sydney, introduces you to one of New South Wales’ newest distilleries.

Camden Valley Distilling Company produces both traditional and contemporary style gins, perfect for mixing up classic cocktails or enjoying neat. Taste your way through Camden Valley’s range, learn about gin production and appreciation, and receive great tips on how to mix up easy and delicious drinks at home by one of Australia’s most knowledgable bar owners. All masterclass attendees receive a cheese plate to enjoy alongside their tasting and the opportunity to win some prizes.

Camden Valley Masterclass – Sunday 4 February 11am-12pm in the Cloud. $115 includes the following 3.5 hour festival session. Book here now.

Elemental Distillers Masterclass

 with Ben Leggett

Join Ben in an interesting and informative class where you will taste his premium, boutique, handcrafted ROOTS Gin.

Produced in the heart of New Zealand’s internationally recognised wine region, Elemental Distillers is a Marlborough based craft distillery, founded by Ben Leggett and Simon Kelly.

Bringing decades of combined international drinks experience, Ben and Simon believe in delivering premium craft spirits and liqueurs with complete transparency of all ingredients, processes and production, from root – to cup.

Roots Marlborough Dry Gin, a bold juniper forward gin with only six core botanicals. Of these, only the juniper is sourced from offshore, imported direct after being wild harvested from the highlands of Macedonia.

Our other remaining botanicals are all grown entirely in New Zealand and acquired direct from either wild, organic, native or family-owned farms and co-operatives.

Elemental Distillers Masterclass – Saturday 3 February 10am-11am in the Cloud.
$115 includes the following 3.5 hour festival session. Book here now.

Tasting session tickets include:

  • 38 Craft Distillers to meet
  • All Gin drinks included

  • Bottles available for purchase
  • Free tote bags to carry your bottles

  • 150+ Gins to sample

  • Free entry to The Taste Theatre

  • Four food trucks

  • Free Long Rays Tonic & Soda

Headphones included for all Masterclasses and The Taste Theatre

Responsible Service of Alcohol practices will be observed. Enquiries: hello@ginevents.com.au

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*NOTE: PayPal charges NZ customers an extra $7.00 per ticket because the transaction is processed outside of Australia. We recommend that you purchase tickets with your credit card so no extra fees are added to the ticket price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your ticket grants you entry to the tasting session specified on your ticket and includes a tote bag for take-home purchases. All distillers will be running tastings throughout the session, which is included in your ticket price.

There is no limit to the amount of gins you can sample however we highly suggest that you pace yourself over the 3 hour session. The distillers will pour a small sample of gin into your tasting glass and you can either add your own Long Rays mixer or sample it neat. There will also be a spittoon at each stand should you wish to mouth sample only.

Drunken and abusive behaviour will not be tollerated and at our discretion anyone deemed to be intoxicated will be escorted from the venue.

If you have lost or are having trouble finding your ticket, go to Eventbrite and login with your email address and password. You will be able to resend your ticket/s to your email address or print them out from your account. Please contact hello@ginevents.com.au if you are still having issues.

Yes, you can give your ticket to whoever you like. There is no need to change the name on the ticket. They will not be refused entry if they are not the person named on the ticket.

All attendees must be 18 years or older and must have a ticket for the event.

Your ticket will include the start time and duration of your tasting session. This information is also available on Eventbrite. If you are late, you will not be allowed to stay for the following session. Please note that final samples will be served 15 minutes prior to the end of the session to give you time to finish your drinks, finalise your purchases, and make your way to the exit.

Yes! You may buy bottles of gin from the distillers to enjoy at home.

Water, tonic and soda are included in the ticket and will be available during the tasting sessions.

Card is preferred for purchases at the event, and some of our events are completely cashless. All distillers and food vendors will accept EFTPOS payments.

Yes, our events are wheelchair accessible. Events taking place in multi-level buildings will have lifts available if needed.

Given that this is a licensed event, we do recommend utilising public transport to get to the venue and to get home. Some venues will have parking available. Please check the websites of our venue partners for further details, availability and cost.

Refunds are only issued if you request a refund 30 days prior to the event or if the event is cancelled. If you can no longer attend, you may give or sell your ticket to another person. Tickets are fully transferable for the same session on the scheduled day. To request a refund go to your Eventbrite accounts dashboard to request a refund.