Mapua Sprig & Fern Tavern

Craft beer in the heart of Mapua

Set in a renovated historic schoolhouse in the heart of Mapua village, our new tavern has been eagerly awaited by the locals. We opened in April 2015, and look forward to becoming the venue of choice for Mapua residents and visitors alike.

Contact us

67 Aranui Road, Mapua
Phone: 03 540 2553
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

  Mon- Sunday: 12pm to late

Rigger sales: until 10pm

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What we’re about

The best of local offerings

Proudly serving our full range of Sprig & Fern beers and ciders with a great selection of local wines and moreish, locally produced Proper Crisps.

About this Tavern

Built in the 1920s this building was formerly the Mai-Tai School in Tasman Street, Nelson. Local resident Bill Williams purchased it and moved it to this site in the 1980s. 


Located in the heart of Mapua, only moments away from the delightful Mapua Wharf. Enjoy our spacious and sunny deck areas whilst drinking one of our award winning brews.

We must be doing something right

Genuine Kiwi taverns

This is the 9th Sprig & Fern Tavern, and we're stoked that people are loving our craft brews and enjoying our style - no TV, no pokies and no pool tables!

BGNZ Awards

The Sprig & Fern Brewery won 8 medals and a Best in Class Trophy at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand International Beer Awards in 2016.

HNZ Member

The Mapua Sprig & Fern Tavern is a proud and active member of Hospitality New Zealand.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

Whether you're partial to a dark porter, a scotch ale, a hoppy IPA or a crisp, refreshing lager, there is a beer here for your taste, and probably a few more besides. 

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Take home a rigger

Enjoy our products and want to take some home? No problem, we can fill a rigger of your favourite brew to go. We supply 2 litre plastic riggers, or you can bring your own bottle to be filled.

Full meals and bar snacks available

Meals are available to complement our beers and ciders.

Whether it be Fish of the Day, a Scotch Fillet Steak or our gourmet burgers or pizzas, we serve great value meals to suit your taste buds. Chef Matt and his team do an excellent range of bar snacks. We have scrumptious garlic breads and crispy potatoes sprinkled with paprika salt and served with aioli. Sharing with friends? Choose from our hot platter which includes spring rolls, prawn twisters, salmon croquettes and samosas. Alternatively we have a bread and dips platter and a cold platter of cheeses, meats, and olives.
We can also cater for your functions – please enquire at the bar.

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A selection of Nelson's finest

We serve a range of wine, spirits and soft drinks.

Our wines are predominantly sourced locally from the Moutere, Motueka and Waimea region. Soft drinks include our delicious non alcoholic Sprig & Fern ginger beer and a range of fizzy drinks and fruit juices. Tea and coffee is also available.

Owners Pete and Sue, Sprig & Fern Motueka

Your hosts - Peter & Sue

 This Tavern is proudly owned by Peter Fry and Sue Bloomfield who live just up the road in Motueka. They had a vision for the old building and are proud to have welcomed her back to the community with a complete makeover. 

Group bookings and functions

Lots of indoor and outdoor space available.

We are happy to cater for groups or functions – please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Gift vouchers

Treat someone today.

 Gift vouchers are available to purchase. We can do you a voucher for any amount you like, and it is presented in a gift envelope.

Sponsorship and community

Sponsorship and community

We currently sponsor the Mapua Football Club.

Feedback and Reviews

5 stars! So happy to have our local open again. A fantastic job of the renovations! Such a nice range of beers to try too.

Lisa Hill (via Facebook)

Finally Heaven on Earth has come to Mapua.

Chris James (via Facebook)

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