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

Book your social function taking place on Thursday 25th March, as part of your registration here.

Please note: 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 7.00pm 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 9.00pm where you can wander into the CBD for further dining and drinks at your own cost.

$60.00 (exc. gst) per person

Heritage Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Rutherford Hotel at 6.30pm. 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

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 bus 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