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Whisky Galore Auctions builds on a lifetime of experience and passion for whisky on the part of our founder Michael Fraser Milne.

Born in Keith, a small town in the heart of Speyside, Scotland, Michael moved to New Zealand over three decades ago but has always maintained an unwavering connection to Scotland and its whiskies. With family roots in trading grain and whisky casks back in Scotland, Michael could see a gap in the New Zealand market for high quality single malt whisky and so in 1993 he and wife Stella established the Whisky Galore brand in New Zealand. In 2003 he opened the first shop in Christchurch, just over the road from the current premises at 834 Colombo Street.

Over the years Whisky Galore has garnered a wonderful community of whisky lovers throughout New Zealand and overseas, and the company remains independent and family owned and operated.

Whisky Galore Auctions is a natural progression for Michael and the team, and another avenue to share our passion with whisky lovers everywhere.

Overseas buyers welcome!

We offer our services to buyers both in New Zealand and overseas, and can facilitate both local and international dispatch of your purchases.
For more information concerning our buyers fees and shipping, please consult our overseas buyers information page.


Buyer's fees

As the buyer you simply pay the hammer price, plus the commission of 12.5% of the hammer price + GST. You will also be invoiced for any shipping and insurance costs which you request.

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Seller's fees

Seller’s fees are as follows:

Listing fee: $20 this is a flat fee per lot.
Reserve fee (optional): $20 only applies if you choose to place a reserve.
Valuation fee (optional): $10 only applies if you choose to have your bottle valued.

Seller’s commission: 7.5% of the hammer price realized at auction, plus GST.

Any shipping or insurance fees you have agreed to.

Sellers: How do I get my bottle to you?

Once we have agreed to consign your bottle to Whisky Galore Auctions, we need to receive and photograph it at least 2 weeks in advance of the auction date. Late deliveries may not be included in the auction.

You can of course bring your bottle to us in person, or send it to us via courier. If you wish to drop your bottle off in person, we ask that you get in touch in advance so as our experts are on hand to guide you through the process.

Shipping is not without risk, so it is strongly advised that you pack your bottle with great care, and be sure that you are insured against damage or loss in transit (most couriers in NZ offer such a service). We recommend you carefully photograph and document the bottle prior to sending.

When instructed to, you can address the parcel to:
Whisky Galore Auctions
834 Colombo Street
Christchurch, 8013
New Zealand

Are your offices open to collect or drop-off?

Once you have won an auction, or we have agreed to list your bottle, you can collect or drop off a bottle to us. In both cases we ask that you be in touch so as our Auctions team are here to help. Our shop at 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch is open for drop-off or collection on weekdays 9:30am-6pm. Be sure to ring in advance to make an appointment on 03 377 6824.

Still in need of assistance? Send us an email or call us now 0800 944 759