The whisky shop by the sea

The New Zealand Whisky Collection Cellar Door is open 7 days. Sample our full range of specialty mouth-watering whiskies, either by the dram, or tasting sets. We also stock a variety of local foods infused with NZ whiskies; such as marmalade and fudge. You’ll find the cellar door located in Oamaru’s beautiful historic harbour, just one hour north of Dunedin.

The New Zealand Whisky Co. Cellar Door

16 Harbour Street, Oamaru.
P: +64 3 434 8842


Open daily from 10:30am – 4:30pm


The Cellar Door is closed on the following days:

Good Friday – Closed
Easter Sunday – Closed
Anzac Day (April 25) – Closed
Christmas Day (December 25) – Closed
Boxing Day (December 26) – Closed
New Years Day (January 1) – Closed


We have drams and flights for everybody’s budget:

Nestled on the South Island’s east coast, Oamaru is an ideal destination for anyone keen to experience the real New Zealand. With friendly locals, an historic town centre and a variety of attractions, Oamaru offers unique experiences for even the most seasoned traveller.


Grant "Finny" Finn

Grant "Finny" Finn

General Manager

Southland born, Otago raised, ‘Finny’ was an earlier drinker of Wilsons whisky in his Otago Uni days. With a background in resource management he is responsible for our NZ operations.

Mathew "Wicksey" Wicks

Mathew "Wicksey" Wicks

Cellar Door Manager

Born and bred in Oamaru, after travelling the globe and managing a pub in london for a few years Wicksey has returned to his home town, fallen in love with the place and a lovely woman, so decided to stay here for good! Also works as an artist where his works can be found across New Zealand, the UK, US and Australia.

James McKenzie

James McKenzie

Master Blender

Born and bred Cantabrian, after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, James came to Oamaru for a new life with his young family, and now a proud Oamaruvian. Whisky distilling is in his blood, the MacKenzie family has had a very long history with whisky blending & distilling, so thrilled to be part of the new exciting chapter in NZ whisky history.

“What an awesome place!”

Whisky tastings, friendly staff, and really an amazing variety of locally produced whiskys ranging from almost bourbon-like sweet whisky to smoky scotch. Great joint!

Ian, Seattle, Washington

“Love this little whisky place”

Kay and the team at The NZ Whisky Co. are not only knowledgeable about whisky and the history of the company, but also very friendly. They take the time to explain the different whiskies and ensure you find a dram that suits your palate.

Troy, Australia

“Whisky tasters paradise”

This was a place near the top of my husbands list of places to visit. Not being a whisky drinker myself I was happy just to listen to the history of the product in Otago. The lady in the shop was very informative and although it was sad to hear the distillery is no longer producing whisky the story of how the whisky was rescued from storage at a small airfield is heartening. There are moves to try to resurrect whisky production locally and I wish them success.

coopsnz, Brisbane