Journeys to The Mussel Inn: A Legend of New Zealand Hospitality

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It started over 30 years ago with a bare paddock and a vision; to create a space for family and friends to gather and for music to be played. Fast forward a few decades, and The Mussel Inn is one of New Zealand's most loved hospitality destinations. A pub, brewery and live music venue in Golden Bay on the way to the top of Te Waipounamu South Island.

Bacca Bakery

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Flavour, nutrition, and affordability are the calling cards of Bacca Bakery, a two-person operation of love in Parapara.

Kiwi Spirit Distillery

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At Kiwi Spirit Distillery in Golden Bay, you’ll find craft gins, spirits and liqueurs made with local botanicals and more than a dash of good taste.

Roots Bar

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Roots Bar in Tākaka absolutely lives up to its alliterative motto—“beats, beers, burgers, bands”— providing stacked...

The Historic Langford Store & Post Office

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Stepping into The Langford Store in Golden Bay is like stepping into a piece of historic Kiwiana, and immediately brings a smile to your face.

The Wholemeal Café

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Arguably the town’s most recognisable eatery, The Wholemeal Café, is housed in the former Takaka Theatre that dates back to 1910.

The Courthouse Café

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It’s easy to see how The Courthouse Café got its name, housed as it is in Collingwood’s former courthouse.

The Dangerous Kitchen

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Despite its moniker, the only thing truly dangerous about The Dangerous Kitchen in Tākaka, is how tasty its food is.

Mussel Inn

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A staple for over thirty years in Golden Bay, The Mussel Inn is your go-to for wholesome food, delicious in-house brews, dance-worthy live music and possibly a roaming weka...

Tasteology

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The outside of the building is simple and understated in white and sage green, the inside overflows with colour.

Salvito's Pizza Bar

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Nelson has a long and significant Italian history, and one of the best ways this heritage shines through is in the city’s pizza scene.

Rimu Wine Bar

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For a casual-chic drinking experience in the heart of apple country, look no further than Māpua's Rimu Wine Bar.

Little Dove Cafe

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Wholesome food and aromatic pastries inspired by the Levant—the eastern Mediterranean region encompassing Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and parts of Syria—might not be...

The Neat Taste Trail of Nelson Tasman

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A journey of edible delights and surprises for your tastebuds.

Rabbit Island Coffee Co.

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Located in a chic, airy storefront a few doors down from 

Victus Coffee & Eatery

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If you’re looking for colourful, fresh food and top-notch coffee, then Victus Coffee & Eatery—which occupies a bright, inviting space in the heart of Whakatū...

The Moutere Inn

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The oldest pub functioning in its original building in Aotearoa and proud of it, The Moutere Inn is a definite destination in this part of Te Waipounamu.

TOAD Hall Café

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TOAD Hall Café in Motueka is one of those places you enter once by chance, and never pass up again.

Taste the Tasman with Nelson's Artisan Makers, Bakers and Food Producers

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Nelson is humming with makers, bakers and producers. Meet some of them here.

Deville

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Deville is quite possibly Nelson’s best-kept hospitality secret.

The Smoking Barrel

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The Smoking Barrel is a bit of a Motueka institution. The family-owned and operated restaurant specialises in low & slow American style BBQ, statement burgers, and gourmet donuts.

Alberta's

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It’s hard to find a more picturesque spot for brunch than Alberta’s at Māpua Wharf.

Java Hut

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Keen to find that secret local’s coffee spot in Māpua? Make a stop at Java Hut on the main road into town.

Arden + Porta Via

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Arden is a culinary experience you shouldn’t leave Nelson without enjoying.

Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery

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The stars of the show, as the name suggests, are oysters.

Golden Bear Brewing Company

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Golden Bear Brewing Company opened its doors back in 2008 and quickly became a hub of great beer, honest food, and regular live music.

The Free House

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Situated in an old church turned pub, The Free House is a true Nelson craft beer institution.

Sublime Roastery & Brew Bar

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A place to appreciate coffee in its purest form.

Burger Culture

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You'll find delicious burgers, outrageously lush shakes, nostalgic tunes and good vibes here.

Kismet Cocktail & Whiskey Bar

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Bespoke drinks and graceful service is what you can expect at Kismet.

East St

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A pioneer in plant-based fare.

Hawker House

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A celebration of South-East Asian street food and hawker markets.

Red Gallery & Café

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Sit amongst art while sipping a great cup of coffee.

McCashin's Brewery

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Taproom, brewery and restaurant all under the same roof.

Hardy St Eatery

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Celebrating honest food in all its glory is what Hardy St Eatery does best.

The Boat Shed

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Come dine with sea at Boat Shed Café.

Bobby Franks

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Bustling with locals on any given day.