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5 Brewery Tours in New Zealand


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 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”.

For just a fraction of NZ’s beers see: 25 Awesome New Zealand Beers.

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1. Speight’s Brewery Tour

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

Down on the West Coast, they have a brewery for famous NZ beer Monteith’s. Catch a tour at 10.30am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm everyday. If you miss a tour, you can always do some beer tasting in the cafe.

Location: Greymouth, South Island

3. Waiheke Island Brewery

The island, 45mins away from Auckland, is commonly known for its array of vineyards, but beer-lovers can find something appealing too at the Waiheke Island Brewery. You will have to come on a weekend, as the tours only operate 11.15am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: Waiheke Island, North Island

4. Tui Brewery

Standing high and proud in Mangatainoka is the Tui Brewery. As a cheaper beer in New Zealand, many backpackers have had this beer touch their lips.

Location: Mangatainoka, North Island

5. mike’s Brewery

See how 14 varieties of organic beer are made and taste most of them in the quirky Mike’s Brewery.

Location: New Plymouth, North Island

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