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Over a decade of both working in bars and tour guiding, mixed with a love for Wellington, add in a passion for beer and you have for yourself an unforgettable experience.

That experience starts with a taste of Wellington’s vibrant beer scene and an exclusive behind the scenes experience of some of our coolest and hippest craft breweries. With so many great Breweries in Wellington let us make the decision of which ones to visit a little easier for you and taste award winning craft beers and delicious food along the way.

Our mission is not just to simply bring you to a brewery, but introduce you to the brewers, owners and brewery teams. Through our relationships with them we want to help you make a connection with them also through their stories, history and of course.... their brews.

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About

Explore. Drink. Eat. Repeat.

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m very proud to call myself a Wellingtonian.

I spent just over 20 years travelling and living abroad. Some of the things that kept me exploring were people, food, music, cultures and of course, beer.

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I've made my living from pouring beers and working bars. That lead to my passion for beer and the brewing process. The rest of the time I've been working as a tour guide throughout 18 different countries.

I love Tour Guiding. Meeting people, taking them to places, showing them new things and leaving them with something unforgettable. I put that trade into practice when I returned to New Zealand in 2012 and have been a Tour Guide here in New Zealand since.

In 2016 I created "Craft Beer Tours NZ". It started off as fun. Getting friends into Craft Beer, taking them to Brew Pubs and getting them to recognise and appreciate the ingredients that go into making a good brew.

I’ve taken things a lot more serious since those days. It’s now how I make my living. A few things remain the same though. I still enjoy a good laugh, good people and a good brew.


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Sustainability

What Is Sustainability?

Imagine you have a magic beer glass. The glass refills itself, so every time you take a mouthful of beer, more beer just appears in the glass. Beer all the time! Sounds pretty sweet, right? With the magic beer glass, the beer is sustainable. That means that you can keep using it for a long time without it running out. It doesn't matter how much you take out of the glass, because more beer will just appear. It's magic!

But in the real world, we don't have magic beer glasses like that. If you keep taking beer out of a real glass and never put any more back in, the glass will eventually become empty. Taking beer out of a regular glass without putting any more beer back in is not a sustainable practice. You can't keep doing it for a long time, because eventually the glass will run out of beer.

Our Mission.

Our mission is to give back more than what we take and to do what's right for both people and planet.

Our Goals.

  • Become a Zero Carbon certified business by 2022
  • Reduce food waste from our tours by 100% by 2025
  • Increase of local and organic food products by our supply chain by 2025
  • Reduce printed materials by 90% by 2022
  • Include an annual tour conducted in bothTe Reo Maori and English by 2025
  • Complete at least 250 volunteer hours by 2025
  • Work with 3 or more charities each year by 2025
  • Complete equality in the workplace by 2022

What are we doing now?

Our Sustainable Practices and beliefs can be broken down into what we consider to be our “Three Pillars of Sustainability”. People, Planet and Community.

People - our customers and crew are our most important people. We work hard at offering the best possible experience to our customers and value what they think after with feedback and Reviews. Our crew is what really makes us and who Craft Beer Tours NZ really is. Our workplace encourages equality, diversity and one which supports our team well beyond the Living Wage in New Zealand.

Planet - in September 2021 we were accredited as a “Carbon Friendly Business” by offsetting, (balancing out), all of our carbon emissions from April 2020 until March 2021. Craft Beer Tours NZ is proud to be certified Carbon Friendly with EKOS. We have offset 4.824tCO2e with certified carbon credits. These offsets grow and protect indigenous forests in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands while helping to deliver climate resilience, waterways protection, erosion control, biodiversity conservation and community economic development.

Craft Beer Tours NZ’s emission and offset summary can be found here.

Community - we are proud to work with and continually support Look Good Feel Better NZ and have supported such organisations as the Red Cross NZ, Child Cancer Foundation, Bowel Cancer NZ, Look Good Feel Better NZ, Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ and Pinc and Steel NZ by either fundraising or donations. We also work with and support Whistling Sisters Beer Co. who operate primarily to support a foundation in which they set up to support research into advanced breast cancer.

Click here to see how and why $2 from every person booked on one of our tours goes towards supporting Look Good Feel Better NZ.

Why?

We want to walk the talk and serve this as a benchmark for our progress while holding ourselves accountable for the goals we have set ourselves. By committing to this transparency, we want to establish trust with our customers and open the conversation for much appreciated feedback from the very people who keep us in business. Our ears, hearts and views remain open as we explore new ways to use our business as a force for good. It's not just about the planet but people and community too.

Thank you for your support. We couldn't do this without you!

“What we give back is what we get out but if we keep taking,
eventually the glass will be empty.”

- Mike & Vic-

Look Good Feel Better Foundation

Look Good Feel Better

We proudly support the Look Good Feel Better Foundation in New Zealand who are a non-profit organisation providing free programmes for any person, with any cancer, at any stage of their treatment.

These programmes provide an opportunity for cancer patients to connect, feel more in control and look more like their normal selves with tips, techniques and the tools to face cancer with more confidence.

Both my parents have had battles with cancer and Mum found it particularly hard. Chemo made her physically ill but the dramatic appearance side effects like losing her hair contributed to her losing her sense of well being and sense of identity.

When Mum was well enough, she and my sister attended a workshop funded by Look Good Feel Better which offered support and the chance to connect with others facing similar challenges. She was part of a small group of women, who had different cancer diagnoses and were going through different treatments. She learnt how to manage the appearance-related impact of cancer and it’s treat­ment with the help from her personal volunteer.

That work workshop transformed not only her look but most importantly her outlook. It really helped her face her fear and the reality she was going through.

Now, we want to say thank you and to help improve the self esteem and quality of life for women, men and teens undergoing cancer treatment in New Zealand.

When you book any one of our tours we will donate $2 on behalf of every person to Look Good Feel Better which will keep supporting these free programmes and keep supporting people like my Mum.

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Craft Beer Tours NZ Emission and Offset Summary

This report is a carbon footprint measurement report of greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting prepared for Craft Beer Tours NZ Ltd. with the following boundaries:

Organisation details Name: Craft Beer Tours NZ Ltd.

Contact person: Mike Henderson

Email: mike@craftbeertoursnz.co.nz

Area of Business: Brewery Tours

FTEs: 2

Report period 1st April 2020 - 31/03/21

Operational Boundary

Business operations emissions resulting from:

  • Electricity
  • Waste
  • Company vehicles
  • Non company vehicles
  • Freight

Emissions Total emissions = 4.824tCO2e

Offsets Total offsets = 4.824tCO2e

Craft Beer Tours NZ Ltd has elected to offset 100% of these emissions with Indigenous Forest VER’s, (Verified Emissions Reductions and Units), certified to the Plan Vivo standard or Indigenous Forest’s VCU's, (Verified Carbon Standard Units), provided by Ekos.

Through this measurement and offsetting Craft Beer Tours NZ has qualified for Carbon Friendly Business certification for the 12 month period starting 01/04/20 ending 31/03/21.

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Brewtown Tours

Brewtown Tours

Your all inclusive Brewtown Upper Hutt tour awaits...

Brewtown is fast becoming New Zealand’s ultimate craft beer destination. Bringing together the region’s top breweries, a boutique Distillery, delicious food onsite and numerous entertainment activities all in one location, Brewtown is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

Located on the site of the former Dunlop Tyre factory which opened in the late 1940s Brewtown is a beer lovers dream, with some of NZ’s best craft breweries including Panhead, Boneface, Te Aro, Kereru and Good George Beer onsite these guys are bringing the historic site back to life. 

Join us on a beer-venture and enjoy an all inclusive VIP brewery experience while taking advantage of our exclusive access to 3 award winning breweries. Taste good beer, enjoy great food and learn how these breweries have taken an iconic old factory and made it.....brew. 

Brewtown, beloved by locals and waiting to be discovered by visitors.

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$165*Thursday - Sunday4hrs

* for groups of 10 or more please contact us for larger group rates

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What’s Included

  • Enjoy at least 12 beers
  • 3 Award winning breweries
  • Delicious set menu lunch
  • VIP behind the scenes brewery access
  • Meet and greet with the brewers (when they're not too busy creating our favourite brews)
  • Brew Trivia and Prize

Schedule

  • Departs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Pick ups and drop offs to be arranged
  • Tour starts 12pm
  • Allow approximately 4 hours excluding transport times

Minimum number for this tour is 4 and maximum of 9. However, we can easily accommodate smaller and much larger groups. 
Also, add on go-karting, paintballing, ten-pin bowling and ice-skating. Please contact us directly for more details. “Larger the group, better the rates”.

Wellington Brewery Tours

Wellington Brewery Tours

Choose from one of the two Wellington brewery tour options below:

The “Crafternoon Delight” Tour

Half day all inclusive brewery experience

So let’s get straight to the point. You want to visit 3 of our best Breweries? You want to taste some of the best beers you’ve possibly ever tasted? You want to get introduced to a Brewery that you will possibly talk about forever? You have a shorter amount of time but want to fill that up with as much flavour as possible? Well buckle up spaceman, this sky-rocket's about to take flight.

First up we’ll head to Fork & Brewer, the home to over 40 brews on tap, then it’s off to Fortune Favours where good fortune will favour you after one of their brews and finally, Whistling Sisters who's ethos is to experiment and create new tastes (Tuesday - Friday), or Heyday Beer Co where the decor is just as hip and cool as their innovative brews. (Saturday and Sunday).

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$135Tuesday to Sunday3.5hrs12:30pm

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What’s Included

  • Sample up to 12 beers
  • 3 amazing Breweries
  • Snacks
  • VIP behind the scenes Brewery access
  • Meet & greet with the Brewers (when they’re not too busy creating our next favourite brew)
  • Bottle water
  • Tour Trivia & Prize
  • Fully guided & driven

Schedule

  • Departs Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun
  • Pick-ups start from 11.30am ish (we’ll let you know)
  • Tour starts 12.30pm
  • Allow approximately 4hrs

Minimum numbers for our tours to run are 2 and a maximum number of 9. If you have a bigger group, no worries, contact us and we’ll see what we can do!


The “Ex-Beerience the Capital” Tour

Full day all inclusive brewery experience

If you’re reading this then you probably like beer. You might even enjoy a good time and a few laughs. Then you should definitely keep reading. Our flagship tour is a great introduction to Craft Beer and to Wellingtons celebrated Craft Beer scene. 

Enjoy an all inclusive beer adventure with behind the scenes access to 4 of the capitals best Breweries including Whistling Sisters, Fork & Brewer, Heyday Beer Co and Fortune Favours. Along the way you’ll get to taste some of their award winning beers.

But wait! “There is more”. The tour is fully guided and includes beer tastings, delicious food, transportation and most importantly, a really really good time! 

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$175Saturday and Sunday5hrs11:00am

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What’s Included

  • Sample up to 16 beers
  • 4 very cool Breweries
  • Set menu with decent sized lunch
  • Snacks
  • VIP behind the scenes Brewery access
  • Meet & greet with the Brewers (when they’re not too busy creating our next favourite brew)
  • Bottle water
  • Tour Trivia & Prize

Schedule

  • Departs Sat & Sun
  • Pick-ups start from 10am ish (we’ll let you know)
  • Tour starts 11am
  • Allow approximately 5.5hrs

Minimum numbers for our tours to run are 2 and a maximum number of 9. If you have a bigger group, no worries, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.


Wild Saturdays

Included in both our half day and full day tours booked on Saturdays

Join one of our tours on a Saturday and be hosted by Garage Project’s Wild Workshop Brewery for an exclusive opportunity to taste their lovingly crafted liquids in the place that they were made. A converted old print press factory now a dedicated space for spontaneous mixed culture and wild ferments.

The Wild Workshop is Garage Project’s playground for creating all things weird and wonderful. Enjoy tasting flights from wild barrel-aged sours, spontaneous ferments and beer-wine hybrids. Discover their cellar of wine barrels, amphoras and foeders, soaking up the sights and smells of this unique brewery.

Alongside the beers, learn about and taste Garage Project Crushed - a collaborative foray into the world of wild wines using fruit brought in from Martinborough and Nelson to ferment right in the heart of Wellington City.

*Between 3 - 4pm they will be opening especially for our groups for a wild tour and tasting session which will be included in our half day and full day brewery tours booked on a Saturday subject to availability.

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Axes and Ales Tour

Axes and Ales Tour

New Zealand’s first official “Axes & Ales” experience.

From Vikings and Lumberjacks, Axes & Ales have always gone together. Now, Sweet Axe and Craft Beer Tours NZ have come together to bring you NZ’s first official “Axes & Ales Experiences”.

This unique experience starts out with a two hour axe throwing session with the "Axperts" at Sweet Axe Wellington. You'll learn throwing techniques and engage in some friendly axe-throwing fun. No axe throwing experience required! Then, Craft Beer Tours NZ, will take you on a behind-the-scenes craft beer tour to two of Wellington’s finest breweries where you’ll enjoy no less than 8 beers and an awesome VIP experience with dedicated brewery crew at each location.

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$165Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun6hrs10:00am

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Your Axes & Ales Experience includes:

  • Engaging interpretive experience with fun, expert guides
  • Transportation on our comfortable & clean brew bus
  • Your very own “Axpert” who will show you safe and correct throwing techniques
  • Approximately 2 hour axe throwing session
  • Behind-the-scenes VIP access to two Wellington breweries with dedicated brewery staff
  • At least 4 beers in each brewery
  • Delicious lunch
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Duration 6 hours

Schedule

  • Departs Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat
  • Tour starts at Sweet Axe Throwing, Wellington Central
  • Experience starts 10am
  • Allow approximately 6 hours
  • Tour finishes at Fortune Favours, Leeds Street, Wellington Central approximately 4pm

*Please note that this experience is designed for adults 18+ years of age. Guests must have a valid current ID to participate. Closed-toed shoes are required to participate in the axe throwing.

Minimum number of 4 and maximum number of 9, however we can cater for larger groups also. Please contact us direct for details. 

Private Tours

Private Tours

Need a driver for the day? Birthday or special event? Maybe you want to take your crew out for a cool day to say thanks. No event too big. Let us customise and organise something just for you.
Contact us for more info on mike@craftbeertoursnz.co.nz

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift that is unique! Do you know someone that is a craft beer lover or looking for a special way to say thank you?

Vouchers are emailed instantly so you can forward it onto the lucky recipient via email or print it off and gift in person. 

Our experiences are the perfect gift for a Birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, to say thank-you or any other occasion you can think of and one that they will never forget!

Purchase a Gift Voucher for our Brewtown Tour, Half Day or Full Day Brewery Experiences!

Terms & Conditions

  • Reservations using a gift voucher must be emailed to mike@craftbeertoursnz.co.nz no less than 10 days before the day of travel.
  • Gift Vouchers may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Gift Vouchers are not replaceable if lost, stolen or destroyed, photocopied or altered in any way and will not be accepted by Craft Beer Tours NZ.

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Certifications

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Qualmark Bronze Award EKOS Carbon Friendly Business Operations Covid Clean Approved - Endorsed by Qualmark
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