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From Garden to glass

hand made in golden bay

At Kiwi Spirits Distillery we believe good taste is good for the soul. We are a family owned and operated distillery redefining what quality means. We specialise in unique spirits handcrafted from the purest homegrown ingredients. With a family history of decades of distilling we’re staunchly dedicated to quality over quantity.

We are lucky to be located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Golden Bay. This small town has long been a haunt for creative free thinkers, artists and aging hippies. Nestled between two spectacular National Parks with miles of stunning golden sand beach surroundings, it’s a very special corner of New Zealand.

We live and breathe local, almost all of our ingredients come from our region and some we even grow ourselves in the gardens and orchards at our 25 acre distillery and cellar door. We are a creative bunch who love nothing more than experimenting, creating new tastes and pushing the limits on what is possible. Heart and soul goes into everything we make and we are proud to share what we have created with you.

Kiwi Spirit Distillery, From Garden to Glass

Kiwi Spirit Distillery from above, rolling green hills and mountains frame the distillery buildings
Founder Terry smiling in front of copper stills

Terry Knight, Founder & Distiller

Terry is the man who started it all, he’s the heart and soul of Kiwi
Spirits and one hell of an inspiration. His focus these days is product
innovation and cultivation of the Weber Blue Agave Tequilana plants.
He’s a charismatic, effervescent character bursting with enthusiasm and innovation.

Isabella smiling in front of the Cellar Door bar

Isabella Knight, Operations

Isabella manages logistics and day to day operations. Organised and efficient, she is a dedicated administrator and is the organiser of the Kiwi Spirit Summer Festival.

Jeremy at the cellar door bar smiling for a picture

Jeremy Knight, Sales

Jeremy is who you will meet when you visit our Cellar Door, he is filled with knowledge and the master of cocktails. Always generous with cellar door samples, he’s great at making sure everyone has a great time!

Sue standing in front of the copper stills smiling for a photo

Sue Bensemann, Distiller

Sue is the queen of distilling, she has a great eye for detail and is
always smiling. She is an exceptional and award winning distiller, the mastermind behind Championz Gin for one, so don’t forget to raise a toast next time you are enjoying a Championz G&T.


Tequila Aficionado awards TeKiwi the gold brand of promise award
London Spirit Awards Silver Medal
Gold medal at the America Awards
Winner of the New Zealand Spirit Innovation awards Tekiwi Tequilana
New York International Spirits Competition Award
Category Winner at the world vodka awards
San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal
Beverage Testing Institute awards the silver medal
Hong Kong International Spirits Competition Silver Medal
Australian Gin Awards Bronze Medal
New Zealand Spirit Awards Silver Medal
International Wine and Spirits competition IWSC Silver Medal