Tastes around Nelson
Nelson is well known for
- hops and craft beer
- wine and cider
- fresh fruit especially apples and berries
- peanut butter
- A2 icecream
Try some while you are in town!
Nelson is the only place in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially. As a result the Nelson region is home to twelve craft breweries and 14 brands of craft beer. We like to think of ourselves as the Craft Brewing capital of New Zealand. Our hops is also exported around the world. Many of the breweries offer tours and sampling. Pick up the Nelson Beer Trail brochure from reception. You can even walk to some breweries from the hostel
We like both companies because.....they are local, they will pick you up from our Hostel and they can customise a tour depending on your interests.
Stay with us and try delicious local food and drink
at the city's Wednesday and Saturday markets
Our central Nelson backpackers is right next door to the Nelson Saturday market. Get there early for breakfast, or sleep in and make it in time for lunch
The Nelson region produces some great wine. There are around twenty eight boutique wineries, and many have cellar door tastings. Pick up the Nelson Wine Guide from Reception. It has a map and details of the vineyards that are open. Enjoy a great day out exploring and tasting in the Moutere hills and on the Waimea Plains
Bay Tours and Nelson Tours and Travel offer half and full day tours of Nelson's vineyards and craft breweries.
We like both companies because.....they are local, they will pick you up from our Hostel and they can customize a tour depending on your interests
Rose at the Gentle Cycling Company provides cycling trips on the Great Taste Trail. One day tours include "Great taste Beer" or "Great taste Wine" and they include a return city shuttle
Nelson Saturday Market & Wednesday Farmers Market
Nelson's Saturday market is held every Saturday from 8 to 1pm in the car park next to our Hostel. It is the perfect place to sample fresh, seasonal and organic produce from the Nelson Region. Website: www.nelsonmarket.co.nz
The Nelson Farmers Market is open Every Wednesday from 8.30am - 1.30pm in Kirby Lane. It is dedicated soley to food. Website: www.nelsonfarmersmarket.org.nz
Pics Peanut Butter
Really good peanut butter....made here in Nelson from Peanuts!
No added sugar or any other nasties. You can sample Pic's Peanut Butter at the Saturday Market or visit his factory for a tour.
Once you have tried it you'll be converted. Crunchy is Best!
Penguino Gelato and Icecream Cafe
Indulge yourself with superb gelato and sorbet, from traditional vanilla and boysenberry to manuka honey and beyond.
Penguinos has won many awards for their delicious icecream. They are always coming up with new flavours and even have an R18 version now!
But best of all, they are just across the carpark from us - enjoy!