noun \ hum · ding · er or\ ˈhəm-ˈdiŋ-ər \

If you describe someone or something as a humdinger, you mean that they are very impressive, exciting, or enjoyable. 

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Made of Nature

At Humdinger, our raw products are sourced locally from nature - the seed of coriander, a juniper berry, the root of ginger are all part of, the botanical produce we faithfully use in our distillery.

For these crops to continue with the abundance of botanicals that they produce, we are wholly reliant on the most excellent honey bee to continue with her highly efficient job of pollinating our food crops as well as for wild flora to keep the cycle of life flowing.

Unsung Heros

For us at Humdinger Gin, we celebrate natures hardest worker - the honey bee, by having her on our label.

We also gift 1% of our profits to building and maintaining beehives, to pollenate our precious botanicals and support healthy eco-systems.

Fun Fact: Worker bees are all female, and are all offspring of the queen. But there are males in the hive called drones. Drones fly off to reproduce with other young queens who will start a new colony.

The humble bee is a vital part of our process in producing some of the purest natural gin in the world. Not only are our ingredients kept as pure as possible, so too is the process of making gin.

The Worker Bees

It began at a wedding in 2019 - a few loose words, a fair bit of encouragement, some wild imaginings and a decent dose of bravado. A copper still followed and Humdinger was born.

Humdinger’s resident tinkerer is Andrew Lewis, a professional engineer who obsesses over making each batch of gin smoother than the last, while his better half, Saskia, a technologist by trade and a biologist by training, jazzes things up, adding the spice and enriching the flavour!

When they’re not slinging gin, this ingenious couple who dared to dream big are their own general dogsbodies – developing recipes, breaking rules, building, labelling, marketing and making.

Humdinger NZ Made Gin Distillery
Humdinger NZ Made Gin Distillery

Proudly Boutique

Sited in the heart of Geraldine in the ‘old Morrison’s Garage’, the Humdinger Gin distillery has seen it’s fair share of history.

A century’s worth of exposed brick, weathered concrete and steel beams could tell some tall tales, while a large copper still gleams in the sunlight, reddening to a warm patina with the latest run of gin, and beginning the latest round of story-telling.

Boasting a raw connection with nature and home to artisans, artists and adventurers alike, Geraldine might just be the best little town in the world for creativity and creating. Less than two hours from Christchurch, Geraldine has a quaint exterior but a vibrant soul, much like Humdinger Gin!

  • The Workhorse 220L

    Our beautiful 30yr old, German-made copper still does our heavy lifting.

    Built by Arnold Holstein, stills don't get any better than these and having the column on top of the pot is the exact design that Humdinger deems best for making outstanding gin.

  • The Refiner 50L

    Taking recipes from testing to your glass takes patience, and that's where this still excels.

    With flexibility and opportunity at the forefront of its design (and for those with a thirst for engineering as well as gin) our refiner features a 50L copper pot, a 3-plate column, a generous botanical basket and a few secret modifications, providing limitless possibilities for the art of distillation.

  • The Developer 3L

    Every idea needs testing, and that’s where our baby still comes in.

    Our hand-made 3L copper still from Portugal is where every Humdinger recipe started as an idea, before being fine-tuned and graduating onto our larger stills. There is a unique feeling of anticipation each time we pull this still off the shelf and once again bring it to life.