If you love food and drink of any kind, then you'll love the artisan products for which Nelson Tasman is deservedly famous. Our rolling hills, picturesque plains, fertile soils and consistently sunny climate have established us as a place that produces top quality and award-winning fare.
People with a love of making things find their way to our region and we all benefit from their passion. Moutere Valley, Golden Bay, Mapua, and Nelson City are just some of the places where you can try, buy, and send home some of our delicious artisan products. Olive oils, cheeses, rich and flavoursome wines, beers, and ciders, gourmet mushrooms, local conserves, honey, berries, and world famous peanut butter, are just some of the diverse and delicious offerings made by our local producers.
Holding the title as Aotearoa’s craft brewing capital and as the world’s top cider city, our vibrant year-round event calendar pays tribute to the artisanal excellence our region is renowned for. MarchFest, Beer Week, Cider Festival and the Brightwater Wine and Food Festival are highlight events spread across the year, featuring local producers specialising in handcrafting beverages from Nelson Tasman’s finest hops, vines and produce such as Sprig & Fern Brewery, McCashins Brewery, Mussel Inn and Seifried Estate, the South Island’s oldest winery.
Our wineries and cellar doors have some of the most stunning natural backdrops you’ll find anywhere in New Zealand, and are well worth taking your time to visit and enjoy. A day trip can easily see you touring the wine route from the Waimea Plains to the Moutere Hills, tasting your way around the extraordinary Reisling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.
A number of award-winning restaurants and cafes are dotted around the region, many of which love showcasing seasonal, regional produce on their menus. Offering everything from fine dining on the waterfront, to traditional Kiwi style comfort food in the heart of the city, to simple sharing platters served alongside outdoor entertainment, Nelson Tasman is the perfect destination for foodie lovers, all year round.