You’ve Tasted it. Now, See How it’s Made then Taste it Again!
You need to be over 18 years old to drink legally in New Zealand. If you are under then a dry brewery tour isn’t that great… For the rest of us grown-up backpacking types, brewery tours are pretty cool, especially when there are around 150 breweries in NZ! They make a reasonably priced activity usually costing around NZ$25, involving tastings, see how the good stuff is made, and sometimes a cheeky souvenir. As Tui states on their brewery tour website, they expect people to “steal a glass”. So where can you find brewery tours in New Zealand? Well, we’ve picked out some damn good brewery tours in New Zealand for your sipping pleasure.
For just a fraction of NZ’s beers, also see 25 Awesome New Zealand Beers.
1. Speight’s Brewery Tour
One of the most popular beer brands in New Zealand also hosts their very own brewery tours in New Zealand. Speight’s Brewery has been getting New Zealand smashed since 1876. Dunedin not only has chocolate tastings at Cadbury World, but you can smell, see and taste the beer on a Speight’s Brewery tour.
Location:Dunedin, South Island
2. Monteith’s Brewery
Location:Greymouth, South Island
3. Beerworks Wanaka
For a microbrewery experience, consider Beerworks in Wanaka. Find out how a small-scale brewery is run and built out of passion. Tours operate 2pm Monday to Saturday with the tasting bar being open every day. Find the Beerworks behind the Toy Museum at the Wanaka Airport.
Location: Wanaka, South Island
4. Invercargill Brewery
Not only do Invercargill make their own brand of craft beer but they also mass-produce craft beer brands from all over New Zealand. A tour of this working brewery will give you a real insight into the inner workings of a busy brewery! [Update: Invercargill Brewery is now closed].
Location: Invercargill, South Island
5. Sunshine Brewery
Probably the most relaxed brewery tour you will find in the most relaxed part of New Zealand, Gisborne. There are no scheduled times to visit the brewery. Just go to The Sunshine Brewery bar and ask for a tour. One of the brewers will show you around. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Location: Gisborne, North Island