Food and Wine

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. 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 fruit.

Artisan Food

Let us start with Truffles – the black or Tartufo Nero otherwise known as the Perigord Truffle. River Road Retreat is based on a producing Truffiere harvesting fresh truffles from June to late August each year. Book a time to go Truffle Hunting and enjoy fresh truffle on your favourite breakfast egg dish. Truffle butter, freeze dried truffle slices or truffle salt can be enjoyed throughout the year.


The Junction is a cheesemonger producing a wide range of locally made delicious Thorvald and Little River cheeses including their award winning Devotion, sheeps feta, Camembert, Curado. Wildfire and Swiss. They also sell cheeses made by local Italian cheesemakers Viavio including their delicious Award winning Ricotta, Mascarpone, Strachino, Burrata and Stracciatella . They have fresh bread, eggs , antipasto, meats, condiments and pantry items much of which is produced locally. For dairy they have their own yoghurts, sour cream, cream cheese, feta, and halloumi and Oaklands A2 milk and cream. They also sell locally produced wines and internationally sourced wines.

Connings sells their own locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables as well as produce from other local growers. So direct from the growers. They also have a wide range of fresh meat and locally made higher end grocery items. 

And don't forget Pics, home to the world famous peanut butter with plenty of other delicious offerings too! Here is a great place to stop for lunch and see where the peanut butter was made. 

Both Nelson and Motueka offer weekend farmers markets, a great place to pick up some home-grown produce, locally made arts and crafts and plenty of other goodies. 


Eating Out

Make your way around the diverse selection of restaurants in the region by designing your own moveable feast extravaganza. Start your evening off at a tapas bar, before moving somewhere else for your main, choosing a different location for dessert then finishing off the evening with a nightcap at your final destination.


Enjoy the Seaside

Dine by the ocean at one of the many restaurants located along Tasman Bay’s magnificent coastline. You’re spoilt for choice for an ocean view, from the restaurants that overlook the Nelson Haven to the seaside eateries on the Mapua Wharf and the cafes that overlook the golden sand beaches near the Abel Tasman National Park.


Try Some Mussels

A trip to Golden Bay wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of the delicious mussels the area is known for. Head to The Mussel Inn, a locals favourite, to try some of their famous fresh steamed mussels or mussel chowder Onekaka style.

Best Places to Eat

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.