On International Beer Day, there is no better destination to indulge in the craft of brewing and savouring exceptional beers than New Zealand. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, this island nation also boasts of a flourishing craft beer scene. From Auckland’s bustling corners to the serene landscapes of the South Island, New Zealand offers a diverse array of craft breweries, each with its unique flavours and stories to share.
Embark on a journey of exploration and appreciation, as you sample a wide range of locally brewed beers all crafted with passion and precision. The warm hospitality of the Kiwis and the friendly atmosphere in these breweries make every visit an unforgettable experience. So, whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or a curious traveller looking to savour the essence of New Zealand through its vibrant craft beer culture, here is a list of breweries and tours that promises a delightful and enriching adventure.
On a Brewbus craft beer tour, you can easily explore Auckland’s urban craft beer culture. Join other craft beer enthusiasts for lunch, which will include local beer pairings. Visit Garage Project, Urbanaut Brewing Co, Good George, and Brothers Beer to meet the brewers. Do you want to try some more beer? Continue the night with Auckland craft beer recommendations from your Brewbus guide.
Heyday Beer Co – Brewery Tour, Wellington
Looking to indulge in tantalizing craft beers and scrumptious food? Heyday Beer.co is the place to be. They also offer brewery tours that will help you learn more about the various varieties of beers produced by Heyday Beer.co. Their Brewery tour will take you through the ins and outs of manufacturing beer over the course of an hour and will include a guided sampling of four distinct Heyday brews.
Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka
Producing one of New ealand’s original beers, the Tui brewery in Mangatainoka runs brewery tours. The famed Tui Brewery can be found in the little village of Mangatainoka, about 30 minutes south of Palmerston North, with its unique brick tower, brew house, cafe, free museum, quirky shop, and, of course, top-notch Tui beer. Enjoy a lunch at the restaurant after a sample paddle of Tui pale ale, Mangatainoka Magic, and Mangatainoka Dark, Brew 1889.
Emerson’s Brewery, Dunedin
On the Emerson’s brewery tour, you can see the entire brewing process from the malt room to fermentation, bottling, and tasting. After the 45-minute tour, visit Emerson’s taproom to sample pale ales (including the tropical “Orange Roughy”), New Zealand pilsner, English porter, and other beers. The onsite restaurant serves shared platters and refreshments to round out the day.
Monteith’s Brewery, Greymouth
Monteith’s Brewery is located on the West Coast in the little town of Greymouth. The Monteith’s Brewery adventure begins in the Beertopia Room, which also houses the intriguing Monteith’s Museum. Here you’ll learn about the history and colourful stories of Monteith’s, which began in 1868 right here on the West Coast. You’ll next enter the brewery to see, touch, taste, and smell the New Zealand grown ingredients used to make Monteith’s craft beers. Then cosy up with a beer and some hearty food in front of the fire at the onsite restaurant.