By Hammonds Wellington Tours
Everything you need to know about drinking beer in New Zealand, from the top craft brewery experiences to ticketed events.
Find out more about New Zealand's beer culture. Meet local brewers, discover a new drop, listen to music and chill out with your friends at a craft beer festival.
In the heart of Auckland city stands New Zealand’s first brewpub, the 109-year-old Shakespeare Brewery & Hotel - a 10-room boutique hotel. Other significant breweries in the Auckland region include the Leigh Sawmill Brewery, just north of Auckland.
Wellington is sometimes referred to as New Zealand’s craft beer capital - not so much for its breweries as for the choice of fine beer-drinking venues.
Nelson Tasman is the only place in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially has become the country's craft brewing centre with 10 craft breweries and 13 brands of craft beer.
Christchurch city has several micro breweries offering tours and a chance to sample some of the region’s award-winning beers. There are also an eclectic choice of bars and night spots throughout the city.