Tahuna Sprig & Fern Tavern, Nelson

Your bar by the beach - Est 2012.

The Tahuna Sprig and Fern Tavern is a little beauty! Another charming suburban tavern, with classic weatherboard cladding and a white picket fence, very close to one of NZ's best beaches.

Contact us

13 Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson
Phone: 03 548 5066
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

 Mon - Fri: 12pm - late
Sat - Sun: 11am - late
Rigger sales available.

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What we’re about

18 taps of Craft Beer

We proudly present the full range of Sprig & Fern’s award winning beers, ciders and special limited releases on tap for your pleasure.

About the Tavern

The warm and charming indoor areas flow out into the white picket fenced courtyard, giving the whole place a feeling of light and freshness inside and out. 

Beach and attractions

Situated across the road from Nelson’s beautiful beach, the Tavern is located within a stone’s throw of sports fields, children’s play areas and recreational attractions.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

We are proud to serve the full range of locally brewed Sprig & Fern beers and ciders. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to chat about the different offerings and help you discover your perfect pint. A tasting tray of six varieties is a great way to start your Sprig experience.

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Take home a rigger

We have off license sales so you can take home a rigger or two of your favourite craft beer. An ideal accompaniment for a BBQ down by the beach.

Food and bar snacks available

Home-style Tavern cooking

Made to order, and fresh each day, Sprig & Fern Tahuna have a range of pizza and burger options available, as well as a selection of home-style tavern cooking. A free BBQ is on offer every week over summer, along with regular special events celebrating different foods from New Zealand and abroad. Traditional bar snacks and great coffee are also available at all times.

A selection of Nelson's finest wines

A  range of wine, spirits and soft drinks.

We offer a range of great local wines from outstanding Nelson vineyards, which we update seasonally. We also have on hand some of the best and most popular spirits from both New Zealand and around the world.

Sprig and Fern Tavern Tahuna Manager - Sam Fitzgerald

Your host - Sam Fitzgerald

Tahuna Sprig & Fern is owned by well known Tahuna local Ben Douglas, and managed by Sam Fitzgerald. Sam came to New Zealand from London three and a half years ago as a backpacker. On passing through Nelson he happened to stop at a local Sprig & Fern Tavern, and hasn’t left since.

Group bookings and functions

We take reservations, subject to space.

We do take bookings, and we'll try our best to accommodate your group, but please bear in mind that some days, like Friday, are busier than others. Give the Tavern Manager a bell and we'll sort something out for you.

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Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
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Vouchers & Merchandise

Make someone's day!

We have Sprig & Fern gift vouchers available for any amount you like, just ask over the bar or you can email or call the Tavern if you're from out of town and you want to shout a friend. There is a range of merchandise including tee shirts and caps available periodically - if we've got 'em, you can buy 'em!


Sponsorship and community

Community & sponsorship


Sprig and Fern Tahuna are heavily involved in the local community, utilising our Thursday night quiz to raise fund for local charities and schools. We proudly sponsor local football and touch rugby teams, and are open to further fundraising opportunities. Our doors are always open to organisations who are looking for support or for a base for events. We pride ourselves on our close relationship with other businesses in the Tahuna area, such as Kitesurf Nelson and work together to enhance our growing destination.

Feedback and Reviews

Super sweet little spot, especially coming into the summer! The bar staff are really friendly and a good laugh. Some pretty great live music on a Sunday afternoon! Popped in a few times for afternoon drinks and in the evening for burgers and pizza which were jolly delicious - awesome selection of craft beer and cider.


A Primrose (via Trip Advisor)

This place is a real gem. We got a tasting tray where you can sample a few different beers.. all very good. We also ordered a pizza which was amazing and great value for money. Great bar, great atmosphere. I also have to say that the staff behind the bar were very helpful and had loads of information about the different beers (and about the local area, which was helpful as I am from out of town).


Charlotte S (via Trip Advisor)

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