A popular holiday destination in New Zealand, Nelson is home to 25 boutique wineries, a number of friendly cafes and fine restaurants. Whether you want to enjoy craft beers, good food and live music in a bustling bar, or a local wine with a picturesque country backdrop, you'll find something in Nelson to suit your tastes. Read on to learn more about the many great cafes, vineyards and restaurants Nelson has to offer.
This family owned and managed vineyard is known all over New Zealand and internationally for its traditional but fruity Chardonnays, Rieslings and Gewurztraminers. Make sure you visit their Cellar Door and Café to enjoy their wine tastings, platters, fresh country lunches, dessert and coffee.
Seifried Chardonnays, Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs are known to be some of the best New Zealand wines. Family owned and run, the estate hosts wine tastings and sales daily from 10am-5pm. Be sure to try their world renowned Sweet Agnes Riesling while you're there - it's one of New Zealand's most acclaimed dessert wines!
This small, family owned winery has an international reputation for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The Cellar Door and Tasting room is open every day from September until the end of Queens Birthday weekend, and from Monday to Friday throughout winter. Don't miss out on the chance to taste these popular New Zealand wines.
This popular restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is known by the locals to offer the best steak and seafood in town. Choose from an extensive a la carte menu including vegetarian and allergy-friendly options!
Located in the heart of Golden Bay, the Mussel Inn serves delicious, home-style food with a range of beers and cider brewed onsite. Enjoy their fresh steamed mussels, some live music and their famous Captain Cooker manuka beer.
Located near Tahunanui Beach, Smugglers Pub is a great choice for those who are up for a hearty meal in a unique old world pirate atmosphere. With a menu that caters for groups, individuals and young kids, Smugglers Pub is open 7 days a week, including most public holidays. They also stock a variety of regional, national and international wines along with Mac's & Speights beers, Stella Artois and Guiness for the Mum's and Dad's, while the 'little smugglers' can enjoy a range of non-alcoholic beverages.
Over at the Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel, you'll find The Orangerie Restaurant. This fine dining establishment offers a beautiful ambience and delectable cuisine overlooking a Mediterranean style courtyard and stunning views. The Orangerie has recently won awards for both its food and service - so make sure you stop by to see what all the fuss is about!
As the winner of the Best Restaurant and Best Service through the Wild Tomato 'Dine Out' awards for 2012, the Mint Dining Room on Harley Street in Nelson offers guests a most exquisite dining experience - combining the regions freshest ingredients with international award-winning culinary expertise.
These are just a few of the bars, cafes, restaurants and vineyards Nelson has to offer. While you're visiting, take your time exploring to find all the local favourites and hidden gems!
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