Presented by Spirits New Zealand Inc. and Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (NZ) Inc. the New Zealand Spirits Awards is a celebration of spirits in New Zealand.

As spirits become more popular and New Zealand produced products grow in significance it is important for a New Zealand based spirits awards to judge and award the best available products in the market, in a New Zealand context. To help New Zealand consumers select and enjoy the best spirits available to them and to measure how well the New Zealand produced products stand up against the best in the world available here. 

The New Zealand Spirits Awards select the very best in local and internationally available spirits within their categories. The top spirits in each category are recognised with bronze, silver, gold and double-gold medals  as judged by panels of industry experts. The absolute best are recognised with Trophies awarded for Best New Zealand and Best Overall in each category.

Trophies are also awarded annually for the best New Zealand Emerging Product Award, New Zealand Packaging Design Award and  New Zealand Innovation Award – an exciting and unique award for creativity in a New Zealand context. Now well established in its sixth year, the New Zealand Spirits Awards is proving to be a successful event in the industry with entries increasing year on year.


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Entries open – Thursday 29 February 2024

Awards dinner tickets on sale – Friday 22 March 2024

Entries close – Monday 17 June 2024

Final day to receive entries – Tuesday 9 July 2024

Judging – Tuesday 30 July – Friday 2 August 2024

Medallists announced – Friday 9 August 2024

Awards dinner – Friday 13 September 2024