Whisky distilling was born in New Zealand with the arrival of Scottish settlers in Otago during the 1830’s.The industry flourished until government regulations shut it down in the 1870’s. In the 1960’s the distilling industry re-emerged and in 1974 the Wilson’s Distillery at Willowbank in Dunedin was opened – producing popular whiskies like Wilsons, 45 South and Lammerlaw.
However in 1997 Wilson’s distillery was closed down by Fosters, the owner at the time, and hundreds of barrels of Cask Strength whisky were auctioned. W & D Preston purchased a large amount of the whisky which was transferred to Oamaru.
Realising the value of these exceptionally rare drams, The New Zealand Whisky Collection was founded in 2010 and the company bought the remaining 500 barrels of this high-quality spirit from the Prestons. Since then the whisky has been residing at our seaside bonded store in Oamaru where it is bottled and labelled under our own brand “The New Zealand Whisky Collection”.
Our intention has always been to re-start whisky production in Otago. The dream finally came true in 2019, when our new distillery was installed in Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin. Production started in February 2021 and the sweet spirit is flowing in the city once again. History has been revived and we are proud to be building the future of New Zealand Whisky.


Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a Cellar Door but we are constantly reviewing options on how to offer whisky experiences to our customers. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy a range of our rare drams at the Criterion Hotel, Scott’s Brewery and Bangkok Recipe restaurants.

Our whiskies can be purchased here at Liquorland Oamaru, Criterion Hotel or by visiting our online shop

Online purchases can be collected from our premises from Monday – Friday

9 am – 4.00 pm.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any enquiries


Physical address :

11 Wansbeck Street
Oamaru, 9400

Contact :

(+64) 03 434 8842