'Botanics to Bottle' 

Become a Distiller for the Day


'Botanics to Bottle' Gin Distilling Experience

June 15 | June 22 | June 29 | July 6


KatiKati, Bay of Plenty

$195 for one person, $245 for two.

Get ready to step into the role of a distiller with our ‘Botanics to Bottle’’ Gin Distilling Masterclass where you will have the opportunity to craft your own 700ml signature bottle of gin, utilising botanicals sourced from our on-site garden and other quality growers. Embark on an unforgettable journey, as our experts guide you through the creation of your own personalised gin, experiencing nature’s essence in every sip.

Welcome to Matahui Distillery

We are small-batch luxury gin and liqueur makers, based in the beautiful surroundings of Katikati, Bay of Plenty. All our gins are inspired by nature and bursting with botanicals, many grown in our emerging on-site permaculture garden. We are passionate conservationists; creating gins that are kind to the planet. Led by our Master Distiller, Paul, along with our skilled gin artisans, Shelley and Angela, we are dedicated to imparting our knowledge through a series of immersive experiences in our Flavour Lab. Ready to join us?

What does the experience look like?

Our ‘Botanics to Bottle’ Gin Distilling Masterclasses are held on Saturdays from 3pm for approximately three hours, on site at Matahui Distillery in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

A warm welcome: Begin your distillery adventure with a warm welcome from our distillery team and kick off the experience with Matahui’s signature cocktail.

Explore Nature's Botanicals: Test your taste buds and explore an array of unique botanicals in our Flavour Lab, many of which are cultivated on-site.

Craft Your Gin Recipe: Under the expert guidance of our team, create your own distinctive gin recipe using our diverse selection of botanicals.

Distillation Process: Witness the transformation of your botanical blend into gin using our distilling equipment, whilst enjoying cocktails and snacks.

Bottle Your Gin: End your journey by naming, bottling and taking home your very own 700ml gin creation, cheers!


Mark your calendars for the following class dates:

3-6pm, Flavour Lab, Matahui Distillery, Kati Kati

  • Saturday 15th June
  • Saturday 22nd June
  • Saturday 29th June
  • Saturday 6th July

These are sought after experiences with very small class sizes so you’ll need to join the waiting list if you’re keen to attend.

What Is Included?

Matahui’s signature gin cocktail on arrival

  • Tastings of Matahui Distillery gins and liqueurs
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the class. (Gluten free, nut free, vegan and dairy free options available on request.)
  • 700ml bottle of gin to take away valued at $90 (one per still)
  • 10% off at our Cellar Door

What do our customers say?

“Matahui Distillery is paradise! The lush garden, brimming with fresh botanicals and fruits that’s used for the gins sets the stage for an amazing experience. I felt like a kid in a chemistry lab, experimenting and creating my own gin blend guided by the wonderful team. And of course, walking away with a bottle of your own gin is the ultimate win! An absolute must-visit in the Bay!”

Katy Bain.

Why should I attend?

An Educational Experience

Immerse yourself in the art and science of gin distillation, learning from experienced professionals. Gain valuable knowledge about botanicals, distillation techniques, and the history of gin, elevating your understanding and appreciation of this beloved spirit.

Engaging and Enjoyable

Enjoy a fun and interactive experience as you delve into the world of gin, creating and sampling delightful cocktails, and forging meaningful connections with fellow gin enthusiasts. The class offers an enjoyable environment in our Flavour Lab where you can relax, unwind, and savour the process of crafting your own unique gin.

Craft Your Signature Gin

Unleash your creativity and palate by crafting your very own signature gin. From selecting the finest locally grown botanicals to distilling and bottling your creation, the experience empowers you to express your personal taste and style, leaving with a one-of-a-kind gin that reflects your unique signature. All whilst being kind to nature. 

Why Join the Waiting List?

Priority Access

Be the first to receive notification when the classes are open for registration, giving you the best chance to reserve your spot before they're gone.

Limited Availability

Our classes have limited capacity to ensure an intimate and enriching experience. Joining the waiting list is your ticket to securing a coveted position in our upcoming sessions.

Exclusive Updates

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