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Four main ingredients go into the mix when making beer: Malt, water, yeast and hops. Craft Beer Tours NZ is also made up of four key ingredients...

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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 experiences aren’t just about Craft Beer, but they are about Craft. How does Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Movie Making, Street Art and Gin sound? Let us give you a taste of some other Crafts in the capital which will no doubt leave you wanting more!

Our mission is to create a connection between you, the breweries, the businesses and the people who make it all happen through their stories and their crafts. So whether you’re a beer enthusiast, a foodie, or just looking for a fun thing to do in Wellington, we have your perfect day out! 

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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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Brewery Experiences

Brewery Experiences

Choose from one of the two brewery experience 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.

Craftisan Tour

The Craftisan Tour

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Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Gin. Movies. Got your attention? Then this is the experience for you!

Wellington is the home to so many small artisan businesses doing some pretty big and tasty things and we want to celebrate a few of them on this tour.

First up we’ll be visiting Fix & Fogg where you can sample some of their delicious peanut butter with flavour galore! Next we’ll be taking a sweet little tour through NZ’s first certified organic, bean to bar chocolate makers. The guys at the Wellington Chocolate Factory will introduce you to the entire process of making chocolate and yes, you will get to taste it!

Who doesn’t like a good movie? You might be really surprised at just how many big Hollywood block-busters were made in Wellywood. A trip to Weta Cave will open your eyes and your imagination to the world of TV & Film being created here.

What better way to finish up than a tour of Southward Distilling? A small batch distillery producing some big tasting Gin. These guys love for experimenting have come up with some pretty amazing flavours which you’ll get to taste and if you like, take home.

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$135Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat4.5hrs10:30am

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What’s Included

  • Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Gin Tastings
  • 3 small artisan businesses and WETA Cave
  • VIP behind the scenes access
  • Meet & greet with the people behind the crafts
  • Fully guided & driven

Schedule

  • Departs Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat
  • Pick-ups start from 9.30am ish (we’ll let you know)
  • Experience starts 10.30am
  • Allow approximately 5hrs

Minimum numbers for our experiences 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.

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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$155Tues, 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 20.
We can arrange customised transport options. Please contact us direct.

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.
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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 either our 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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