Moutere Valley

The sun-soaked Moutere Valley near Nelson is a bit of a legendary place to make cider.

If they handed out prizes for the highest sun hours in New Zealand, Nelson would take the gold nine times out of ten. The area’s soil and climate conditions have been pleasing apple growers for years too. Port Nelson started shipping apples in the 1850s, and today millions of cartons of apples are exported all over the world.

Old Mout sits at the foot of the Moutere Hills on the eastern border of this beaut’ sun-trap at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. The region is home to many arty and crafty types, fruit growers, wineries, and one rather legendary little cidery.