Up to Nelson for the start of the beer trail

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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almond house

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, March 9, 2012

My next base for a couple of days was the North coast town of Nelson. The drive North from Hokitika was again superb taking in fantastic scenery as I passed through the spine of the Southern Alps. On the way I stopped off at NZ's longest swing bridge which was great fun and a little bit scary getting across as it flapped about in the wind!

The approach into the town follows the coast round via spectacular bays and the town itself is surrounded with hills, a lovely setting.

My reading up on the region had found that this area was famed for its craft beers and claimed to be the best in NZ with around 10 breweries in the area and many pubs specialising in ale, so I made it my mission to discover as many as I could in my short time here. My first stop from Hokitika in fact started this journey as I dropped into the Monteith's Brewery in Greymouth. Monteith’s brews have been one of my favourite on my travels here so far and I’m gradually getting down a 6 pack of their lovely summer ale. The brewery there is in fact is being rebuilt at the moment but the shop was open and a T shirt was bought to add to the collection.

After settling into my fantastic hostel, Almond House – prob the best so far, I made my way to Founders Heritage Park where a replica historical village has been built and is also the home of Founders Brewery. A very enjoyable couple of hrs was spent sampling 3 or 4 of their excellent brews sitting in the sunny beer garden.
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