The combination of passionate winemakers, gravel threaded Moutere clay soils and plentiful sunshine make for a powerful trio, and are undoubtedly the reason why the Moutere produces some of the most ripe and full-flavoured wine we have ever tasted. Savour the fruity density of these wines at one of the many family owned boutique vineyards, looking out at the picturesque valleys laid before you. Whether the complex, multi-faceted Chardonnay tickles your fancy, or the fine elegance of a Pinot Noir, we guarantee that a visit to some of the Mouteres cellar doors and vineyards will tantalise your tastebuds.
Right in the heart of the Moutere, amongst the rolling hills and sloping valleys, you’ll find the oldest pub in New Zealand, still operating from it’s original building. Built in 1850, the Moutere Inn is so deeply rooted (both physically and metaphorically) in the local community that they only serve wines produced within 10km of the Inn, use an array of local ingredients on their menu and serve craft beers made from Nelson Tasman hops. Beer in hand and traditional pub grub in your tummy, what better time to reminisce on the unique history of the Inn and imagine who was sitting in your spot at the bar almost 170 years ago?
We like to make things in Nelson Tasman, whether it’s visual arts, ceramics, music or food, and the Moutere Artisans collective is no different, exhibiting art forms of all persuasions across their working studios. Explore the diverse range of art galleries at your own pace, or take a tour with Wine, Art & Wilderness to see the talent, skill and craftsmanship first-hand. Key highlights include Micheal Macmillan Sculptor & Country Homeware, known for his large outdoor sculptures, French oak creations and limited edition bronzes, as well as Bartlett & Gold Gallery; a studio set in a historic house built by German settlers in 1893, showcasing handcrafted clay art and pottery.
The Moutere Artisan community have a deep love for, and connection with the stunning natural landscapes that encircle them. The gravel threaded clay soils provide excellent growing conditions for rich, flavoursome fruits, mycorrhizal mushrooms and for harvesting olives. So it’s no surprise to find roadside stalls and boutique stores dotted around the valley, selling local artisan goodies such as sheep cheese, olive oils, chutneys and jams. Top tip: take some time to savour the products of the land, and learn about the passionate artisans that live and work here.
The Upper Moutere offers some extraordinary cycling trips amongst stunning vineyards, apple orchards and hop gardens, over gently rolling hills and flat valleys (confident riders may like to make the more challenging uphill trip from nearby Mapua or from Motueka). For a true Moutere experience, why not gather up some artisan goodies and local produce from the roadside stalls into your bike basket and head to the sprawling green lawn at Neudorf Vineyards? Here you can pair a glass of fine, full-bodied wine with a delicious picnic of sheep cheese, crackers, olives and chutneys.
Whether you’re a skilled golfer or just fancy a bit of casual fun, you won’t find a more scenic golfing experience than at the Tasman Golf Club. Situated in the Kina Cliffs, the viridescent lawns contrast perfectly with the spectacular blue waters of Tasman Bay. We can’t promise it will be easy to get a hole in one when you are surrounded by such stunning vistas and mountainous ranges, but we can promise that the views are worth the higher number on the score sheet!
An overnight stay at Kina Beach is a must do during your visit to the Moutere, whether you choose to stay at the campground or if a waterfront lodgeoverlooking the Peninsula is more your style. The perfect base to explore the neighbouring townships and national parks, take a moment to truly appreciate the stunning views of the Kahurangi mountain ranges and coastal gardens that surround you. Watch closely as the sun rays retreat and the day turns briskly into night, awakening Nelson City in a glimmering strip of light against the dark sky.
Offering a stunning café setting all year round, the Riverside Café is situated in a charming 150 year-old homestead at the entrance to the Riverside Community. A log fire, delectable winter menu and mulled wine will keep you toasty during the colder months, whilst during the summer, iced drinks and smoothies, a sun-sprawled wooden deck and an expansive bonsai and cactus garden make for a perfect day out. The café is adorned with the work of talented local artists, and the menu features wine, beer and other ingredients sourced from around the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Moutere Valley lives a community that embraces the principles of co-operative living. With no private ownership of houses or cars, community members access a general fund to meet basic needs such as healthcare and electricity, whilst organic farming allows them to produce their own fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Take a stroll through the Riverside Community and learn more about their way of life, visiting the milk-vending machine, community art gallery, or even attending one of their cheese-making workshops.
Situated in the heart of the Nelson Tasman region, the Moutere is hugged by many neighbouring townships worth exploring, from the eclectic essence of Motueka, to the waterfront wonder of Mapua and the charming creativity of the Ruby Coast. With so much to discover in this extraordinary region, make sure you spend a few days seeking out the hidden gems of the neighbouring towns too!