Unfolding new fields of flavour in the very heart of hop heaven.
The sublime soils and seasons of the upper regions of New Zealand’s South Island spell Heaven-on-Earth for hops.
It is here in the clean, green hinterland of Nelson and Tasman that we devote our days to uncovering and developing the best sites to breed, grow and process New Zealand’s most flavoursome hops.
Our first hop garden ‘Tapawera’.
Our first hop garden in Tapawera (Maori meaning ‘hot forest edge’), is a 150ha property (116ha under canopy), and our first harvest was completed March 2020.
The Tapawera hop garden soils comprise alluvial silt and sandy loams overlaying deep free-draining gravels. These soils are well suited to hop growing and are characterised by low-to-moderate natural levels of fertility and variations in soil depth, typical of a former flood plain. We have planted a range of Nelson Sauvin™, Motueka™, Riwaka™ and Pacific Sunrise™.
Our second hop garden ‘Wairua’.
Wairua hop garden is located on the eastern side of the Motueka River with a first harvest set for March 2021.
Situated at the junction of Old School Road and the Kohatu-Kawatiri Highway, our second hop garden is located approximately 8 km south of Tapawera. The predominant soil type is Motupiko silt loams derived from Moutere gravels, with low-to-moderate natural levels of fertility and free draining stony topsoil.
This hop garden consists of 115 canopy ha planted with Nelson Sauvin™, Motueka™, Riwaka™, Pacific Sunrise™, Moutere™, Wai-iti™ and Kohatu™.
Tapawera and Wairua Hop Gardens
Our Tapawera and Wairua hop gardens are within an hour of the Nelson Lakes at one end and the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park at the other.
We love to have Brewers visit our hop gardens and can’t wait for March 2021 when you will be down choosing the hops for your beer.
While you are down visiting us, why not explore the region further? We are situated in the beautiful Motueka valley which is a gateway to the Kahurangi National Park, perfect for biking, tramping, fishing, diving, kayaking and with a fantastic arts and crafts trail.
Tapawera has a rich history dating back to the discovery of gold in the 1860’s which owing to the pitifully low yield and the onset of the depression in 1932, broke a few dreams. Tobacco was grown in the Nelson-Motueka area from the 1840s and provided jobs and wealth to the district for over 70 years until demand reduced, pushing growers to switch to other crops such as fruit.
Tapawera is currently a prime producer of blackcurrants, berries and hops, as well as dairy, beef and sheep. Surrounded by stunning scenery, trout-filled rivers and national parks, tourism is also rapidly growing in and around the local area which is being further boosted by Tapawera being the main destination on the southern part of Tasman’s Great Taste cycle trail.
Our next gardens.
Watch this space.
We are actively assessing other properties and working on new developments.