Love Cider? So do we!

The New Zealand Cider Festival will be back for its sixth year 2021! Check back on our website for more details! A Festival to celebrate all things Cider in the scenic and central location of the Nelson region. Described by National Geographic as "heaven for Cider seekers", Nelson produces over  50% of the country's Cider due to its high concentration of Cideries and along with the scenic landscape makes for the optimum place for a Cider Festival!

Festival Date: TBC - Check back soon!

Festival Times: TBC - Check back soon!

Venue: TBC - Check back soon!

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Music & Entertainment 

 Our festival is not just about cider! A selection of great entertainment will form the framework for a family day out, including excellent music, educational talks, tastings, and the popular GK Events kids entertainment area. 

 Family Friendly

 The New Zealand Cider Festival creates a relaxed environment that is kid-friendly. Back by popular demand, a range of children’s entertainment will be provided by the GK Events team to ensure kids are well entertained as you soak up the atmosphere of the day. 

Environmental Focus 

 The event continues to work towards zero waste by ensuring food and drinks are supplied in re-usable or recyclable/ compostable containers, including the festival’s souvenir sponsored glass. 

The Venue 

 The event is nestled into the historic surroundings of Founder’s Heritage Park.


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The best place to sample over 80 ciders all in one place. Located in the historic Founder's Heritage Park, there is so much to enjoy for the whole family.

The NZ Cider Festival showcases New Zealand's finest award-winning ciders. Check out last years line up below, and check back soon for the 2020 ciders!

Why Nelson?

A high percentage of the country’s Cider is produced in Nelson and we have a rich heritage relating to the Cider industry. Essentially Redwood Cellars (1947) and Rochdale Cider Factory (started 1930s) (McCashins) are the two longest established Cider producers in the region. With a great climate for growing apples and plentiful apple orchards, Nelson was the perfect location for Cideries.

The New Zealand Cider Festival is a family-friendly event. Under 18s are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
You must be over 18 to consume alcohol and legal photo identification may be required.


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The NZ Cider Festival has received sponsorship funding for this year’s event from the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme, which is funded by the Nelson City Council. The Programme’s objective is to stimulate Nelson City’s economy in the shoulder and off seasons by bringing new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct events.


Founder's Heritage Park

87 Atawhai Drive, The Wood,

Nelson, New Zealand

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