Our Story

A Rifter is much like that of a forager or a fossicker from the early gold mining era; they explored the rifts around the hills of Arrowtown, searching for that elusive nugget. At the end of a long day, a refreshing gin was always welcomed. 




Rifters are makers of small batch premium gins. Handcrafted in New Zealand using flavourful botanicals and pure New Zealand artesian water. Made to be enjoyed in good company.


Our Bottle

Our bottle is a nod to the foragers and fossickers who founded Arrowtown. Our search took us to the Arrowtown Museum, it was here we unearthed and discovered the great connection between Arrowtown's gold mining history and gin. A connection that was paved by gold miners over one hundred and fifty years ago. Our bottle is a representation of this Arrowtown history and the land that surrounds us, coloured to match the lakes and rivers that flow through Central Otago.

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Our Land

The mountains, lakes and rivers that surround us have captured our imagination for years. They provide the purest ingredients used to make our gin. They also provide a place for us, locals and visitors to explore, discover and play.


Our People

Rifters was started by a couple of kiwi builders, Hamish & Stu who are pretty fond of gin. One day in the workshop, they decided they might have a nudge at creating their own. A couple of years later and a whole lot of trial, they figured things out. So much so, Rifters has gone on to win multiple awards around the globe.


Our Ethos


Care For Our Land

The land is a pretty good mate of ours and provides us with all sorts of good things day to day. We do our bit to ensure we leave it in good shape for future generations.



We’re pretty fond of yarning, so give us a tingle and say hello anytime – ideally at a reasonable time of day. Cheers.


Get Immersed

There's nothing quite like being immersed in the thick of life.


Enjoy It

We enjoy the work we do and drinking our gin with friends and family. We hope you do too!

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