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Deep into the harvest-heavy Moutere Hills, an alternative route between Motueka and Nelson, you'll discover many talented craftspeople, wine makers and horticulturalists.

It wasn't always lush farmland and grapevines. Pioneer settlement began in 1843 on unfertile clay soil. After years of intensive farming by German and English immigrants the arrival of tobacco and kiwifruit finally brought better returns. Later when tobacco farming had ceased and the land had to be put to an alternative use, a young Austrian Herman Seifried planted the region's first commercial vineyard on the Moutere hills in 1973.

Today you can see vineyards everywhere, taste wines at the cellar doors, dine at cafes and see the signs of an early German settlement area ... a secret worth unveiling.











  • Finn Family
  • Vineyards
  • Rolling Hills
  • Neudorf Wines
  • Winery
  • Events
Neudorf Vineyards’ wines are the product of a team. Like many small vineyards we run on a great deal of passion and a lot of fun. We nod in the direction of business reality to keep the whole enterprise afloat, but we know that good wines come from the heart.

"One of New Zealand's most admired producers. Tim and Judy Finn have a great track record."
Jancis Robinson MW

"Neudorf Vineyards is one of this country’s very best wine producers and all of the wines that flow from Tim and Judy Finn’s winery in the Upper Moutere are top examples of what is made in New Zealand."
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 2012
Neudorf Vineyards - 138 Neudorf Road, RD2 Upper Moutere, Nelson 7175, New Zealand
Ph: +64 (03) 543 2643   Fax: (+64) 03 543 2955
Email: judy@neudorf.co.nz   Website: www.neudorf.co.nz


  • Entrance & Sculpture Garden
  • Gallery
  • Artworks
  • Grounds
  • Sculpture Park
  • Artworks
  • Artworks
The ICON Centre for Contemporary Art is set in 12 acres of delightful countryside in the Upper Moutere region of Nelson New Zealand.

ICON consists of Galleries, Working Studios, a 10 acre Sculpture Park with an additional native Sculpture Garden and was built by artist Neville Parker as a place for the enjoyment of all forms of art. The Working Studios feature both resident Artists as well as visiting National and International Artists and the performing spaces offer both intimate and larger venue options. ICON has the motto "Resist the Ordinary" and it is the goal of the icon team to present and promote innovative and quality arts within a friendly and fun environment.

The idea of a sculpture park and gallery complex has been years in the planning. Neville has had 5 galleries in the last 19 years in Auckland and Marlborough. All of these galleries have been Main Street operations where people could pop in at lunch time or as they were doing their shopping. Neville enjoyed these spaces and the relationships he built up with his clients and the local communities but he always thought there was room for a more complete experience for both the customers and the artists. ICON is intended to be a viewing, participating, learning and fun place where the primary objective is the sharing of ideas and the enjoyment of all forms of Art. He and his family have pleasure in opening up their property to visitors and artists alike and hope that they will enjoy the many and exciting opportunities ICON has to offer.
Icon Gallery & Sculture Park - 1280 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Ph: 03 543 2418
Email: buschparker@xtra.co.nz   Website: www.iconartpark.com


  • Outside
  • Courtyard
  • Coffee
  • Beef Stew
  • Desserts
A la carte dining featuring selections of local wine and produce
Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and recommended by both North and South and Cuisine magazines, Riverside Cafe is a delectable introduction to the historic and still thriving Riverside Community (est.1941).

Our nourishing, delicious and beautifully presented meals feature house-cured wild meats, local produce, our own fresh, organic salad mixes, organic juices and café-baked bread and cakes. We also use fair trade coffee and feature local wines and a menu designed especially for the kids. Vegetarian and glutenfree options are available.

Dine indoors or out - the café is set in a tranquil country-style garden with lovely mountain views and includes a children's play area, sandpit, tiny stream and goldfish pond. In addition, Cafe patrons' kids can enjoy free pony rides every saturday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm (weather permitting) and are welcome to visit our pet kunekune pigs.

Discover local artwork with Ché Vincent's stunning copper creations, and vibrant paintings by Bonnie Coad. Have a look at our spectacular cacti and succulent collection or browse through our shop selection of locally made crafts, pickles, honey and jams.

A unique and delicious ethical dining experience.

Opening hours:
7 days a week, 9.30am to 4.45pm for brunch and lunch, coffees and baking. Dinner on Saturday nights from 6pm (extended hours in summer - please call to check)

The Riverside Cafe licensed restaurant is situated on the historic Riverside Community on the Inland Moutere Highway, 7km from Motueka. Feel free to wander around the community after your meal.
Riverside Cafe - 289 Main Road Inland Moutere Highway RD2, Upper Moutere 7175, NZ
Ph: 03 526 7447
Email: cafe@riversidecommunity.org.nz   Website: www.facebook.com/riversidecommunitynz


  • Vineyards
  • Cellars
  • Grapes
  • Winery & Art
  • Sunset
25 boutique wineries from the hills to the plains crafting exquisite wines. Journey into the countryside and meet the winemakers at their cellar doors. Bask in the sunshine, enjoy lunch at one of the vineyard cafes, select wines for your cellar, browse the giftshops or visit child friendly venues.

You'll also discover art exhibitions, luxurious vineyard accommodation and breathtaking views in the picturesque hills and plains of Nelson. Simply unforgettable.

Sense . . . Experience . . . Taste . . . Savour . . .

While known first for exquisite examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the region has a great reputation for the aromatic varieties - Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and some superb stickies. Nelson wines are sold all over the world, but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they are created.
Wine Art - PO Box 3344, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
Ph: 021 101 0366
Email: info@winenelson.co.nz   Website: www.winenelson.co.nz


Neudorf Dairy produces exquisite sheep milk cheeses in a range of styles from aged rounds including multi-award winning Richmond Red, to fresh new innovations such as Sarau breakfast cheese, yoghurt and halloumi.

Our sheep milk is A2 and is more likely to be tolerated by folk with allergies.
Neudorf Dairy - 226 Neudorf Road, RD 2 Upper Moutere, Nelson 7175
Ph: 03 5432789
Email: salesandmarketing@neudorfdairy.co.nz   
Website: www.moutereartisans.co.nz/eat/neudorf-dairy


  • Animal Farm
  • Our animals
  • Our animals
  • Birthday Party

Fun, Education, Conservation

Come and enjoy a variety of hands-on animal experiences from bottle feeding, llama walking to donkey riding and much more ! We have a petting area where you get to go in with the friendly goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and mini horses plus there are lots of rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle.

A perfect family day out only 30min from Nelson and 15 minutes from Motueka. Bring along a picnic or enjoy refreshments in our picnic area.

Adults $12   Children $6   Family Pass $30

Animal Farm - 389 Gardner Valley Road, Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand 7173
Ph: 03 543 2211   Mobile: 027 571 7775
Email: info@animalfarm.co.nz  Website: www.animalfarm.co.nz


Ever wanted to have a go at blacksmithing or knife making?
Join us for a whole day activity – forging a knife from raw steel to a blade you will treasure forever.
There is nothing quite like a knife you have made your self.  During the day you will forge a blade as it has been done through the ages and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Make a Knife - Higgins Heritage Museum, Pigeon Valley, Wakefield, Nelson
Ph: 027 541 8507
Email: simon@makeaknife.co.nz Website: www.makeaknife.co.nz



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