Motueka Sprig & Fern Tavern

Motueka's only craft beer bar.

If you are passing through Motueka on your way to or from Abel Tasman National Park do not miss the opportunity to refresh yourself at the Sprig and Fern Tavern on Wallace Street. Just off the High Street, you'll find us very close to the i-Site Visitor Centre.

Contact us

Wallace Street, Motueka
Phone: 03 528 4684
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

 Mon - Fri: 2pm - late
Sat - Sun: 2pm - late
Rigger sales - until 11pm

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How to find us

What we’re about

The best of local offerings

We have 18 taps of quality, locally brewed beers and ciders. We offer a fine selection of local wines, and we source local food products as much as possible.

A community asset

The Tavern serves as a meeting place for a range of clubs and social groups. We welcome families and have a fantastic children's food menu on offer.

Live music & events

On Saturday nights we alternate between a DJ and live music. There are regular Poker and Quiz nights, and Road Cycling groups too. See Facebook for more details.

We must be doing something right

Hospo Award finalists

We are proud to have been Finalists in the Nelson Hospitality Awards 2013 and 2014 for Best Suburban Venue.

BGNZ Awards

The Sprig & Fern Brewery won 11 medals at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand International Beer Awards in 2014 and in 2013, and was runner up Champion Brewery in 2012.

HNZ Member

The Motueka 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

If you like what you're drinking in our tavern and would like to take some home for yourself, or someone else, we can fill you a rigger from our full range of our award winning tap beers and ciders.

Full meals and bar snacks available

Our menu offers quality and value

We aim to offer quality and value with an extensive range of platters, pizzas, burgers, snacks and full meals. Our most popular menu items are beef burgers, crispy potatoes and the BBQ chicken pizza, but we have something to suit everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free options. A kids menu is also available, with mini versions of our main meals to cater for little people or big people with little appetites. Personalised menus for functions and buffets are available on request.

A selection of Nelson's finest

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

All our wines are locally made with the exception of our bubbles. The range includes the vineyards of Anchorage, Blackenbrook, Woollaston, Te Mania and Seifried. Soft drinks include our delicious Sprig and Fern ginger beer and a range of seven different fruit juices.  We’re also happy to make you a cup of tea or coffee.

Owners Pete and Sue, Sprig & Fern Motueka

Your hosts - Peter & Sue

 Sue has lived in Motueka for 50 years and Peter for 45 years. Peter’s ancestors arrived on the first boat to Motueka from Great Britain some 170 years ago. You can’t get any more locally owned than that! We are proud to be Motueka's only craft beer bar, serving our fine range of beer and cider to the locals and thirsty visitors from all over the world, since 2010.

Group bookings and functions

Free upstairs function room.

We can offer the exclusive use of the upstairs function room free of charge for birthdays, work functions, business meetings and other celebrations. Please phone or email the tavern to make your arrangements.

See Facebook for gigs & events

Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
Click the icon below to go to our Facebook page.

Gift vouchers

Treat someone today.

Gift vouchers are available from the bar for any amount you require. These are a great gift for any occasion.

Sponsorship and community

Sponsorship and community


Approximately $25,000 is raised annually for local charities and community groups via our Thursday quiz nights.
We also sponsor Motueka Cricket Club and the Huia Rugby Club.

Feedback and Reviews

The warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere is only complimented by the delicious food and wide range of seriously good beer. Thanks for your hospitality Peter and Sue!


Johny O'Donnell

A massive thank you for your ongoing support and for being the best bar in town! Cheers guys :)


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