Fiordland Summer Beerfest

Summer. A lake. Beer. Need we say more?

There’s no better way to put an awesome exclamation mark on the summer holidays than attending the Fiordland Summer Beerfest in Te Anau.

People come from near and far to enjoy the ultra relaxed festival vibe as beers, wines, bubbles, cocktails and gins are tested, and opinions traded, before swaying the afternoon away to the sounds of fantastic local and invited bands.

It’s the late summer treat you need - serving up a healthy dose of fresh air and magnificent craft beer concoctions.

Next event date: TBC 2024
Location: Te Anau
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The organisers of the hugely successful Hop'n'Vine Southland Beer, Wine and Wild Food Festival held annually in Invercargill have pioneered the mid January Te Anau event. It’s a true Summer beer festival with people soaking up the sun and chilling out under umbrellas and gazebos - in the majestic surrounds of the Te Anau Basin.

Get your sip on with more than 100  amazing beer offerings from New Zealand’s champion breweries, including Garage Project, Behemoth, EPIC and Deep Creek, plus the best local beers from the most talented southern brewers.

Fall in love with a juicy hazy, stake your reputation on that hoptastic IPA, or maybe take your tastebuds on a journey with a tingly sour beer.

Every year is a new experience with an everchanging lineup of bands, comedians, chefs and other entertainments.

Fancy a bite? There’s lobster, venison, seafood, pizza, Korean chicken, Redcliff Cafe delights and smoked meats on offer as local and invited food supremos serve up a smorgasbord of regional delicacies.

And it’s definitely not just for moustachioed hipsters either - with women normally making up more than half of those attending Hop’n’Vine events.

It’s a full town festival takeover as Te Anau embraces the Hop’N’Vine vibe with sports clubs pitching in with volunteers as a club fundraiser - and organisers sourcing as much as possible from local businesses.

As the festival winds down, the bars and restaurants are beginning to hum with people ready to roll on into the evening - grab an outside table overlooking the lake, it truly doesn’t get any better than this.

You might even get the urge to take an afternoon or early evening dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Te Anau.

Te Anau is the hub of the Fiordland region and there’s a million and one things to do in every direction.

Stay for another day or two and be staggered by this World Heritage Area - with awe-inspiring landscapes and a wide range of recreational activities. It’s a world-class sightseeing destination and a must-do for anyone exploring New Zealand.

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