THE SPIRIT OF GREAT BARRIER ISLAND

Island Gin is crafted off the grid on remote Great Barrier Island, New Zealand one of the southern hemisphere’s best kept secrets. Copper pot distilled, it blends organically certified Macedonian juniper with locally harvested island honey and other special island flora. Its unique Kīna - inspired bottle is made of reclaimed glass.  

Kina Shell Gin bottle

Kīna SHELL BOTTLE

After a two and half year development journey with our friends at O-I New Zealand, we are proud to present a recycled glass bottle made from reclaimed glass sourced from across NZ including Great Barrier Island itself. 


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MEDLANDS BEACH

Medlands is the name of the beach on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, where I first accidentally discovered our little bach (the kiwi word for holiday shack). It is where I would spend a lot of time under a beach cabana, perfecting my cocktails, and ultimately where I developed my own gin recipe, after hours of experimenting on my small alembic copper pot still In the tiny kitchen of our little bach.

THE DISTILLERY

Setting up an off grid Distillery has been a huge, but fun filled challenge. It's now home to a lovely, small, bespoke copper still. Our water which is triple filtered and rain-harvested, comes across in icy blasts from the Pacific Ocean. Next stop Chile!

SUSTAINABILITY

"Initially I was only focused on distilling my own gin. As I began working on making this a reality, I started to look at the whole packaging process. I could buy a generic bottle off the shelf from a supplier in Europe, which is what the majority of distillers do." - Andi

Great Barrier Island is a precious, pristine environment, with 68% owned and protected by The Department of Conservation. 

It didn’t sit well with Andi, buying a manufactured bottle from half way around the world, that would take many months to arrive. It was not a good environmental choice.

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