NZ Cider History

Take a look back through New Zealand's cider history

Cider History in the Nelson & Tasman Region

 Cider has a rich heritage in the Nelson/Tasman Region. Essentially Redwood Cellars (1947) and Rochdale Cider (1945) (McCashins) are the two longest established Cider producers. In recent times they have been joined by Peckhams Cider – specialising in traditional English style Cider, and a number of breweries complementing their beer range with a Cider. Between them Nelson produces around 60% of all the Cider produced in New Zealand. Nelson/Tasman is New Zealand’s second largest apple growing region and produces around a third of New Zealand’s apples (and the best quality!). A highly suitable location for The New Zealand Cider Festival! 


Bill Peck - Rochdale Cider Factory

Peck Family Collection


Images thanks to McCashins Brewery & Redwood Cider Co.

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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