Situated in the heart of the Central Otago vineyards area, just north of Tarras, New Zealand, Swallows Crossing Vineyard and Swallows Rest Lodge can be found nestled on the banks of the Clutha River.
We are a comfortable 60 minute drive from Queenstown airport, and around 20 minutes from either Cromwell or Wanaka.
If driving from Wanaka travel as if driving to Christchurch, cross the Clutha River at the Luggate ‘Red Bridge’ and once on State Highway 8A, lookout for the signs for the vineyard and lodge. The entrance is on your right.
If driving from Queenstown or Cromwell travel as if driving to Christchurch on State Highway 8. Just before Tarras, take the well signposted Highway 8A turnoff to Wanaka on your left. Drive down the long straight and around a 90 degree bend to your right. You will begin to see signs for the property on your left. The entrance is on your left.
If driving from Christchurch take the Wanaka turnoff to your right(State Highway 8A) just after Tarras. Travel down the long straight and around a 90 degree bend to your right. You will begin to see signs to the property on your left. The entrance is on your left.
When you arrive at Swallows Crossing you will find two entrances. The first is to Swallows Crossing Vineyard and the second to Swallows Rest Lodge. Lodge guests please use the second entrance.
GPS coordinates for Swallows Rest are as follows: -44.808, 169.354
We are a short and very scenic helicopter flight from either Queenstown, Cromwell or Wanaka.
Situated in Central Otago, New Zealand just north of Bendigo on the banks of the Clutha River, Swallows Crossing Vineyard is planted over 8.5 hectares.
Predominantly north facing, the ground is largely free-draining glacial outwash topped by layers of river silt, gravel and windblown loess.
As you drive in the front entrance to Swallows Crossing, you pass our top flat. This runs parallel to the Tarras-Luggate Highway. It contains 4 hectares of Pinot Gris and 1 hectare of our earliest plantings of Pinot Noir. This area has our deepest soil pan.
Continue on past the green shed (our Tasting Room), up a small rise and as you pass through a shelterbelt of pines, the magnificence of the Clutha River and surrounding mountains come into view.
Dropping below you to the river is the remainder of our Pinot Noir, and to the left, our Riesling terraces.
Visit us at the Tasting Room and experience the glorious vistas we enjoy as the vineyard drops away to the river and the valley opens up to Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.