The Mussel Inn is located in the heart of Golden Bay, North West Nelson region of the South Island of New Zealand. A two hour drive from Nelson, over the Takaka hill, through the township of Takaka and on another 17 kms towards Collingwood you will find yourself in Onekaka. Keep your eyes peeled, for the Mussel Inn is very subtly sign posted but can often be recognised by the many cars parked on the roadside - especially on a busy night. The Mussel Inn brewery, which is located adjacent to the cafe, began in 1995. All of our products are made from locally sourced ingredients and are naturally brewed, unfiltered and unpasteurised. The water for brewing comes from a small bush filtered stream located in the hills behind the Mussel Inn and all ‘waste’ products are recycled on the property (so they’re not really waste at all). The products are packaged into 30 and 50 litre kegs, 330ml glass bottles and 1.3Litre PET bottles (riggers) that are also produced on site.
We grow some of our own hops - an old variety we have named ‘Onekaka’ - which are picked by hand in March. People are welcome to join us in this fun day out - an easy and pleasant task followed by a feast - usually cooked in a hangi - and much merriment.
We also grow apples and feijoas for our ciders, along with chillies for the chilli beer.