Introducing the June 2023 Gin Box: Discover the Flavours of Kākāpō Distillery & Hibiscus Coast

Welcome to another exciting edition of CLINK's monthly gin subscription service! This June, we are thrilled to showcase the exceptional creations of Kākāpō Distillery, hailing from the stunning region of Hibiscus Coast in New Zealand. Prepare your taste buds for a unique gin experience that combines conservation efforts with exceptional craftsmanship.


Kākāpō Distillery & Hibiscus Coast: A Haven of Natural Beauty

Nestled along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, this region boasts breathtaking beaches, sprawling parks, and thriving communities. From the charming town centers of Orewa, Silverdale, and Whangaparāoa to the array of new venues popping up, the Hibiscus Coast is a true gem that cherishes its natural environment.

The Contents of the June Gin Box

In this month's carefully curated box, you will find an exquisite selection of goodies that perfectly complement the featured gin:

- Kākāpō Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin (700ml): This signature gin from Kākāpō Distillery showcases the warming touch of spice, a herbal note of kawakawa, and a prominent presence of juniper. Prepare your taste buds for a flavor journey like no other.

- East Imperial Tonic Water: Crafted with the finest ingredients, East Imperial's Tonic Water is the ideal mixer to accompany the unique flavors of the Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin.

- East Imperial Grapefruit Soda: For a refreshing twist, we've included East Imperial's Grapefruit Soda. Its zesty profile complements the gin's intricate botanical blend, creating a delightful combination.

- Kettle Crackers Flat Bread - Caramelised Onion: Indulge in the delectable crunch of Kettle Crackers' Flat Bread in the enticing caramelized onion flavor. It's the perfect accompaniment to elevate your gin tasting experience.

- Whittakers Dark Chocolate: Treat yourself to the velvety richness of Whittakers' Dark Chocolate, a perfect match for the peppery notes of the Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin.

- PARCHED Dehydrated Orange: Enhance your gin and tonic with the citrusy burst of flavor from PARCHED's Dehydrated Orange. It adds a vibrant touch to your drink and elevates the overall sensory experience.

Kākāpō Distillery: Where Passion Meets Conservation

Kākāpō Distillery was founded on three core principles: a deep love for Aotearoa, a commitment to conservation, and a dedication to crafting exceptional gin. This unique distillery not only produces exceptional spirits but also actively supports the critically endangered Kākāpō by donating 10% of all profits to the Kākāpō Recovery fund. By savoring their gin, you're contributing to the preservation of this remarkable species.

Discover the Flavors of Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin

Prepare your taste buds for a gin that combines warmth, herbal notes, and a touch of spice. Kākāpō's Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin tantalizes with its robust juniper presence, making it an excellent choice for gin enthusiasts seeking a unique and invigorating flavor profile.

We recommend savoring this gin in a classic Gimlet cocktail. The robust spice of the gin perfectly balances with the citrus notes, resulting in a harmonious and well-rounded libation. 

Here's a recipe to try:


  • 75ml Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • Lime zest, to garnish
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lime zest.
  4. Sip and enjoy the delightful fusion of flavors.

Of course, the Kawakawa & Pink Peppercorn Gin is also perfect for a classic Gin and Tonic. Enhance the experience by adding a dried orange wheel as a garnish, infusing your drink with a burst of citrus goodness.

Make sure to explore and experiment with this versatile gin to find your preferred way of savouring its distinctive character.

Discover the Hibiscus Coast: A Haven of Natural Beauty and Culinary Delights

Beyond its exceptional gin offerings, the Hibiscus Coast region is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes and vibrant communities. Let's take a moment to explore some of the local venues where you can indulge in the true flavors of this picturesque area.

1. Manly Bar & Grill: Savor a Kakapo Gin in Coastal Paradise

For a memorable gin experience, head to Manly Bar & Grill. Situated in the heart of the Hibiscus Coast, this establishment offers a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can unwind with a refreshing Kakapo gin. Let the flavors of the region come alive as you sip your drink and soak in the coastal ambiance.

2. Kawau Bay Kitchen: A Gastronomic Journey with Gin Pairings

Make your way to Kawau Bay Kitchen for a culinary adventure that perfectly complements your gin exploration. This fantastic eatery is renowned for its delectable meals and skillfully crafted cocktails. Allow their expert mixologists to guide you through an exquisite gin pairing experience, elevating your taste buds to new heights.

3. Coast Bites and Brews: Craft Beverages with a Breathtaking View

If you find yourself in Orewa, be sure to visit Coast Bites and Brews, a delightful establishment that celebrates the art of craft beverages. Here, you can indulge in a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and cocktails, perfectly accompanied by tasty bites. With its spectacular view of the coast, it's an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the vibrant culinary scene of the Hibiscus Coast.

4. The Archer Bar & Bistro: Where Refreshing Drinks Meet Exquisite Fare

For an all-day experience of refreshing drinks and delectable food, The Archer Bar & Bistro is a must-visit. This inviting establishment offers a diverse menu of tasty treats and a well-curated beverage selection. Whether you're seeking a classic cocktail or an innovative creation, The Archer Bar & Bistro is sure to delight your taste buds.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary landscape of the Hibiscus Coast and explore the array of venues that embody the spirit of this stunning region.

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Remember, CLINK's monthly gin subscription service offers a flexible and exciting way to explore unique, limited-edition gins from New Zealand. Each box delivers an exceptional experience right to your doorstep, featuring carefully selected mixers, snacks, and garnishes that perfectly complement the featured gin.

Indulge in the world of gin and be part of a community that celebrates the artistry and flavours of New Zealand. Join CLINK today and unlock a world of gin discoveries!