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Lime zest the flavour of Marchfest

Lime zest the flavour of Marchfest

Lime is the flavour note for Marchfest – the annual Nelson festival held during hop harvest. The festival, under new ownership this year, will be held at the historic Founders Park on Saturday, March 20 and is one of those events you have to put on your bucket list....

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Hop aboard an E-bike beer tour

Hop aboard an E-bike beer tour

Two on-trend pastimes come together perfectly in Nelson this summer with the country’s first multi-day electric bike beer tour. The idea of cycling around vineyards has a certain romantic quality but really, it’s way more fun to do that sort of thing with a brewery,...

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Brave New Frontier

Brave New Frontier

"Good things take time" (as the proverb goes) but sometimes great things just take off. Even owners Matt and Gemma Smith are surprised by the speed at which Brave Brewing  has evolved from humble beginnings of a brewery set-up in a backyard shed to outgrowing their...

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Adventures in Beer

Adventures in Beer

Adventure sports, the great outdoors and craft beer. It's a winning combination from Colorado to Canada, and across the Tasman in Bright and Mt Buller in Victoria's High Country. And while New Zealand's borders remain closed, Queenstown's exciting beer scene is...

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Search is over

Search is over

Along with half of Auckland, I recently escaped the hustle and bustle and made my way down to picturesque Queenstown.   People usually associate Queenstown with snow-capped mountains, Instagrammable hot tubs and burgers, but I was determined to uncover another layer...

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Full noise In Dunedin

Full noise In Dunedin

No other New Zealand city does history and heritage like Dunedin. Former banks and insurance company buildings are stately reminders of Victorian-era prosperity, and the 19th-century warehouses used to store lamb and wool before export also add a northern European...

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Axe marks the spot

Axe marks the spot

Axe throwing and beer. What could possibly go wrong? Thankfully the first stop on Auckland's newest beer tour is a palate cleanser before imbibing at two of the region's best breweries, and despite my father being a competitive...

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Hawke’s Bay A-Z

Hawke’s Bay A-Z

It’s an exciting time for beer in the Bay.  The Hawke’s Bay beer scene is going from strength to strength.  Our beers are picking up awards and our venues are evolving.  If you haven’t been here in a while, make...

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Nelson: NZ’s spiritual home of craft beer

Nelson: NZ’s spiritual home of craft beer

For me, Nelson is the spiritual home of craft beer in New Zealand. It is where Mac’s first kicked it all off, and it is also where our tasty hops come from. I had a family Christmas in Nelson this summer, so I took the opportunity to re-acquaint myself with the craft...

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