Join in on these special social events to make the most of your experience in this stunning part of the country!

Minimum and Maximum numbers apply, so get in quick to avoid missing out. If minimum numbers are not reached, some functions may be cancelled. 

The Free House Beer Tasting and Nibbles

95 Collingwood Street |

The Free House is untied to any brewery. It isn't a brewpub but rather a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand. In the barren beer years of the early 2000's Mic and Eelco started holding quarterly beer tasting events called the Nelson Beer Fêtes. They did this in the selfish hope that some visionary soul would open a pub to irrigate the parched. Three years passed and the Fêtes grew in popularity, but the prophet failed to show. When the old Reformed church went up for sale. Mic and Eelco saw it as sign and in the quiet autumn days of April 2009, 
The Free House was created. Thirst slaked. 
Join us for beer tastings and some delicious Mexican food. 

Make your own way to The Free House. Be there by 7.00pm. Up to 5 tasters on a tasting paddle and nibbles included. Any additional food or drinks can be purchased at your own cost. 


$35.00 (exc. gst) per person

Pics Peanut Butter World Tour and Canapes

Be ready to leave the Rutherford Hotel at 6.00pm sharp. Arrive at Pics Peanut Butter World. Start with a photo of you atop the world’s biggest jar of Pic's Peanut Butter. Savour a warm welcome to hear the Pic's story, learn all about our peanuts and watch as nuts tumble out of Roasting Matilda and feed into the grinder before being squirted into jars! Rattling conveyors carry the jars through lidders and labellers for cartoning and stacking on pallets for forklifts to load onto trucks. Most importantly meet the team who make your beloved spread. You will also enjoy a taste of Pic’s almond and cashew butters, get to poke through our mementoes and read all about Pic's adventures prior to Peanut Butter. Complete your visit with canapes at The PC Eatery.

1 x Drink per person and canapes included in the price. Any additional food or beverages can be purchased at your own expense.

Depart for the Rutherford Hotel at 8.00pm where you can wander into the CBD for further dining and drinks at your own cost.

$60.00 (exc. gst) per person

Waterfront Experience

Depart the Rutherford Hotel at 6.30pm for the Nelson Wharf. Cruise departs at 7.00pm sharp!

Sit back relax and let your skipper guide you as you sail Nelson Harbour, visiting the working port, fishing boats and marina. Let the breeze guide you along the unique naturally formed Boulder Bank and past the Historic Lighthouse. Choose to head out the cut or anchor in a quiet spot. Experience the best of fresh local cuisine while cruising on the water.

Price includes platter foods onboard the boat and drinks and a 3-hour cruise as well as return transport to the Rutherford Hotel afterwards.

$126.00 (exc. gst) per person

Heritage Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Rutherford Hotel at 6.00pm. Explore the European history around the CBD with your guide sharing stories of early settler life including fires, earthquakes and murder! Complete the evening at South Island’s first fully-fledged Mac’s Brewbar and Restaurant. Found in the historic Victorian Rose building on Trafalgar Street and known by locals as the “Vic Rose”, the Brewbar is a unique Nelson pub and restaurant, that delivers great service from friendly staff, delicious food and all your favourite beers on tap. It’s no wonder The Vic Rose is a staple of the local hospitality industry!

Price includes 1 Drink and a 2-course dinner. Any additional food or drinks can be purchased at your own cost.

$60.00 (exc. gst) per person

Craft beer and dinner at the Workshop

32c New Street |

The Tasman area produces all of NZ’s commercial hops after early settlers from England and Germany found the region well suited to the hops plants they brought with them. An extensive brewing tradition followed and craft breweries of all sizes are found in Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay.

Step into The Workshop bar / brewery in Nelson for an out of this world experience. Founded in February 2018, the workshop retro 1950s themed Cafe, bar, brewery has something for everyone. Craft beers from our own brewery, and guest brewers from around the country will entice your taste buds.

Delegates to meet at the Workshop at 7.00pm for beer tastings and platters. Price includes 3 beer tastings and nibbles. Any additional food and beverages purchased, can be purchased at your own cost.

$26.00 (exc. gst) per person

Winery Dinner

Forsters Moutere Hills offer views of the vines and garden as you dine on dishes prepared by award winning chef Alistair Forster. Located 2km from the historic Upper Moutere Village, the Moutere clay gravels give the wines a lovely fruit density, mineralogy and fine tannin.

Depart Rutherford Hotel by minibus at 6.30pm, Price includes 2 Course Dinner with wine matches. Additional food and beverages can be purchased at your own cost. Minibuses will return delegates to the Rutherford Hotel after dinner. 

$96.00 (exc. gst) per person

Bike to Dinner

Transport will be provided to take you and the bikes to the border of the Tasman District where a local guide will accompany you for the cycle back to Nelson’s CBD. Off road cycle paths and cycle lanes will be used to explore the coastline, Monaco peninsular, Tahunanui Beach and the sights along Rocks Road then along the Maitai/Mahitahi River back to the CBD. Finish at the Nelson I-Site. Enjoy a chat about the locations over a drink and burger at Nelson’s only dedicated burger joint, Burger Culture. At Burger Culture, their fundamental goal is to create a destination that delights the senses. Be nostalgic, cast your mind back to when you were a kid; you only ever did what you wanted to do. Stuff that’s fun, exciting, maybe a bit rebellious. This is a playground for your inner child, let that kid out – it’s still there, screaming out for a burger.


Transport will collect delegates from Rutherford Hotel at 5.45pm to take them to the Gentle Cycling Company. Arrive approx. 6.00pm. Depart by bike at approximately 6.15pm for the Nelson CBD. Arrive Nelson I-Site at approximately 7.00pm to return the bikes. Walk to Burger Culture for dinner at 7.15/7.30pm.

Set menu of burger, fries and a drink included in the price. Additional food and drinks can be purchased at your own cost.

$63.00 (exc. gst) per person

Progressive Dinner with the stars

Fords - 276 Trafalgar Street,

Parts and Service - 274 Hardy Street

Kismet – 151 Hardy Street

Sample local cuisine pleasures with one course per restaurant located in Nelson's CBD. Converse with the keynotes able to stay for the fun and feasting!

Arrive at Fords restaurant for Entrees at 6.00pm (chef’s choice), move onto Parts and Service for mains at 7.00pm - Reduced a la carte menu (3 main meat options) and sides for the table to share, including either a glass of red or white wine. Additional drinks can be purchased separately by the delegates. Anyone that would like to order dessert on the night can do so at their own cost.

At 9.00pm, move onto Kismet for drinks.

Entrees at Fords, mains and one drink at Parts and Service and one drink at Kismet included in the price. Any additional food and beverages can be purchased at your own cost.

$74.00 (exc. gst) per person

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