Craft Beer and Wine

Nelson and Tasman Bay Wine tours 25 boutique wineries from hills to the plains all creating exquisite Nelson wines. Nelson wines are sold around the world, but you can try them all here, meet the winemakers, taste your own selection and relax in the beautiful Nelson and Tasman Bay surroundings with food to compliment.

Discover Nelson on your own (we can help you organise a good selection for you to try) or enjoy a tour which can pick and drop you off from your door at Admirals Motor Inn. With several Nelson wine and vineyard tours operating you can choose the day out that appeals most. For more information about local wine tours visit Bay Tours Nelson Nelson Winery Tours

Nelson Craft Beers

With 12 breweries, 12 brands of beer, and the only region in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially, Nelson is quite deserving of the title of New Zealand’s craft beer capital. Beer has been central to the local culture of the Nelson-Tasman region, dating back to the first New Zealand settlements in the 1840s.

Early German settlers in Sarau found the Moutere to be an ideal location and climate to cultivate hops, and an extensive brewing tradition followed.” Emphasising the close proximity of many of the attractions, the map suggests, “They make a perfect excuse for a half-day or full-day tour exploring all the gorgeous corners of the region. Climbing from the waterfront up into the foothills, watch for historic hop kilns along the way.”

Founders Organic Brewery

Nelson’s Founders Organic Brewery is nestled in Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive. Its here they make their award winning range of organic beers, and tasting and tours are available for a small cost. Founders Café has a reputation for its wholesome food, 75% which is organic, and local is always their first choice. There is an all day breakfast on the weekends, and a late night on Nelson Fridays when you can shop at the Farmers Market also in the park. This is a unique, private setting, families are very welcome in this safe environment. Open 7 days. For more information visit Founders Brewery