Dancing Sands

“We are perfecters of taste. Quality is at the centre of everything we do, and when your standards are unrivalled, you make unrivalled products.”

Sarah Bonoma – Founder, Dancing Sands Distillery


Dancing Sands Distillery was founded by Sarah and Ben Bonoma in 2016. It is based in a beautiful and remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island: Golden Bay, home to the clearest fresh water springs in the world. Quality is at the centre of everything they do and has helped Dancing Sands become New Zealand’s most awarded distillery.

The distillery is located down the road from the Dancing Sands Spring, one of the fresh water springs within Golden Bay’s Te Waikoropupū Springs, where the team distils, bottles, labels, and packages every single bottle of Dancing Sands’ Gin by hand. The gin is made in small batches in a 150 litre, 40-year-old Jacob Carl copper still nicknamed ‘JC’. Jacob Carl is a legendary German still maker and they feel fortunate this little beauty found its way to Golden Bay.

This beautiful part of the world, and this symbolic spring is what guides the purpose of Dancing Sands. To see beauty in the unusual, to not be constrained by tradition, that by taking away the rules you allow for natural creativity.

“Each bottle of our Gin is blended with the water from the aquifer that feeds Dancing Sands Spring, allowing us to make the best possible Gin and perfect its taste.”