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.


Redwood Road- Siedfried’s Vineyard and Moturoa Island

Very close by is the Harvest Kitchen. This is part of the Seifried Vineyard, so it is less than 5- 6 minutes drive from our Retreat. The food is good but not amazing.

They serve a Brunch, Lunch, Platters to share and good coffee and fresh baking to take away. Siefried’s wide selection of wines are available to pair with the food.

A good option is to buy a coffee and something to go with it, and continue your drive to Moturoa (Rabbit) Island where you can sit on the beach and soak up the sun.



The Smokehouse Mapua

Very good fish and chips. They also sell fresh and smoked fish and other fish produce including muscles.


AppleShed Great setting but pretty standard fare. The rather under whelming wine glasses reflexs the minimal input into and finesse taken to select and serve the best of local wines. Ok food - but not great.

Golden Bear Brewery  Various beers on tap, some good some so so. Wine list is small.  Whoever chooses the local wine is far from discerning especially given the choice of accomplished local wine makers in our Region. Food is basic bar type food to help soak up the alcohol. Best thing going for it is the location and if you make up a group of friends and the company is good then a beer or two, or a cider can be ok before you exit to eat elsewhere. They often have live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Local bands that create a festival atmosphere on a sunny evening.

Best option at Mapua is to buy some fish and chips and take a hamper with your own beverage and wine etc., and sit in the adjoining park overlooking the inlet.

Upper Moutere

Alistair Forster is a talented Chef . The food is very good. Exciting new tastes and creatively presented. Clever experimentation with locally produced food and new flavours and textures. The venue itself is situated on the Moutere Hills Vineyard so the surroundings are great for lunches and summer evenings. The interior of the venue is lacking a bit for ‘feel’ and aesthetic . The restaurant is constrained by having to serve the Moutere Hills Vineyard’s own wines, which are ok but not great, especially given that there are some very talented wine makers located throughout the Nelson /Tasman region.

Check their opening hours as during the winter they only open 1 or 2 nights per week and re otherwise open for lunches. 

North Eatery (Lunch) are a small, local restaurant situated on the Heaphy Vineyard (formally Kahurangi Estate) in Upper Moutere. Located in the Cellar door, they are open for lunches. The have a limited menu and specialise in pizzas and salads, sourcing many of the ingredients locally. There is a small inside area and a slightly larger courtyard. They serve Heaphy and Kahurangi wines.


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.

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WINE: Nelson Tasman 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, tase your way around the extraordinary Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.

Highlights include Greenhough Vineyards Try their 2014 Riesling. And delightful crisp and light Chardonnay. Richmond Plains . Try their Blanc de Noir. Te Mania Estates . Try their Pinot Noir. And Seifried Estate, the South Island’s oldest winery.

BEER: 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 produced such as Sprig & Fern Brewery, McCashins Brewery and Mussel Inn in Golden. Bay.


Nelson Tasman is the only region in New Zealand to grow commercial hops, so experiencing the range of craft breweries along the Craft Beer Trail is a must-do when you’re here. Take it at your own pace or join in on a guided tour of breweries and hop gardens. Have a pint at a craft beer Freehouse in Nelson City or the Moutere, visit the Hop & Beer Museum at Founders Heritage Park, take a brewery tour, indulge in a tasting platter or hire some bikes to explore some of the trail.

Highlights include The Workshop, Stoke, Hope Federation Brewery, Eddyline Brewery and McCahin’s Tap Room. Enjoy a pint at the Moutere Inn, New Zealand’s oldest pub in its original building.