New Zealand Hops is a Nelson-based contemporary grower co-operative with core business values founded on collective sustainability, innovative research, creative technologies and modern operational capability. Hops have been grown in the region for more than 150 years and co-ordination of the industry was facilitated with the inception of the New Zealand Hop Marketing Board in 1939.

The company has supported a professional plant-breeding programme since the 1950s and, in 1972, New Zealand became the first country in the world to commercially produce hops from triploid hop cultivars in response to international brewers' demand for seedless hops. New Zealand hops Ltd continues on from this rich heritage with core business values founded on collective sustainability, innovative research, creative technologies and modern operational capability. With 18 Members, the co-op exports 85% of its harvest to over 30 countries world-wide.


During the last decade, the breeding programme of new hop cultivars has focused on the development of quality aromatic hops utilising traditional European noble hop cultivars for selected development. Commercial production of selected aroma cultivars has been a major factor in the most recent growth of the New Zealand hop industry. This is reflected in the demands by international brewers for these quality aroma hops, with their reliable yields of alpha acid. Hops currently grown include 15 unique New Zealand varieties, 8 specially selected northern varieties, and under certified Organics.


New Zealand Hops Ltd is able to offer a range of hops with interesting aromatic properties providing the brewer with the dual benefits of both pleasant aroma and economic bittering. New Zealand hops have been used in a number of International prizewinning beers and are also used as the cornerstone hop in many major brands.


Pure New Zealand Hops are grown in our regions’ pristine river valleys and plain’s under a low impact, integrated pest management system to produce certified spray free hops. New Zealand Hops Ltd can offer a range of completely organically produced and certified hops. Innovation in hop breeding, chemistry and analysis continues through our research partners, New Zealand Plant and Food Research and in collaboration with the New Zealand Hop Research Committee. 



New Zealand hops are harvested in late February and March of each year. During drying, hot water radiators are the source of heat, thereby ensuring the hops stay free from any contamination by exhaust gases. The dried hops are pelleted at our own facility near Nelson and hop extracts are produced at a neighboring modern supercritical CO2 extraction facility, Pharmalink Extract Ltd, situated adjacent to the hop pelleting plant. Quality and safety is assured throughout every stage of production via an auditable on farm GAP certification programme and cold storage and processing under ISO (9001-2008) quality and HACCP systems.