Five Delicious Ciders

Zeffer Dry Apple Cider

Red Apple Cider

Fresh from the orchard

Our Red Apple Cider captures the fresh flavour of the unique Mahana Red apples used to make it. Grown in the sunny Nelson region of New Zealand these flavourful and aromatic apples result in a juicy full flavoured cider.

  • See

    Pale blush.

  • Smell

    Red toffee apple.

  • Taste

    Like biting into a fresh, crunchy red apple.

  • Dryness

    Red Apple Cider Dryness
  • Tannin

    Red Apple Cider Tannin
  • Try it with

    Sticky BBQ Ribs.


5.0% ABV Red Apple Cider Bottle
Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider

Crisp Apple Cider

Keeping it honest

Our Crisp Apple Cider was the first we ever released and it marks the beginning of our journey and passion for cider. A simple, honest cider that continues to be a mainstay in the Zeffer range and a team favourite on a hot summers day. Crafted from a carefully selected blend of green apple varieties each known for their crisp, fresh flavours.

  • See

    Bright golden straw.

  • Smell

    Clean, green apple aromas.

  • Taste

    Crisp, green apple tang, with a balanced dry finish.

  • Dryness

    Crisp Apple Cider Dryness
  • Tannin

    Crisp Apple Cider Tannin
  • Try it with

    Steamed mussels.


5.0% ABV Crisp Apple Cider Bottle
Zeffer Fragrant Pear Cider

Juicy Pear Cider

A little bit of goodness

Our Pear cider has a delicious smooth flavour and soft, rounded style. Its low acidity and gentle effervescence give it a unique, textural mouth-feel. Crafted from a careful selection of culinary pear varieties it is a fantastic food friendly cider.

  • See

    Clear with a light peach colour.

  • Smell

    Stonefruit aromas, apricot, nectarine.

  • Taste

    Juicy pear and nectarine, balanced dry flavours.

  • Dryness

    Juicy Pear Cider Dryness
  • Tannin

    Juicy Pear Cider Tannin
  • Try it with

    Roasted pork belly.


5.0% ABV Juicy Pear Cider Bottle
Hopped Up Pippin Cider

Hopped Up Pippin

The perfect pair

A unique and moreish cider that brings together some of our favourite Nelson apple varieties with hops from the same region. Freshly pressed Sturmer Pippin and Cox Orange Pippin apples are fermented and then infused with Riwaka, Sauvin and Motueka hops to create a harmonious and balanced blend that showcases all their best characteristics.

  • See


  • Smell

    Fruity Hops.

  • Taste

    Crisp, refreshing, tropical, citrus.

  • Dryness

    Hopped Up Pippin Cider Dryness
  • Tannin

    Hopped Up Pippin Cider Tannin
  • Try it with

    Prawn laksa.


5.8% ABV Hopped Up Pippin Cider Bottle
Zeffer Slack Ma Girdle Cider

Slack Ma Girdle

It's our heritage

This premium cider is made from a combination of over 50 different cider apple varieties. These specialised apples are sourced from small family run orchards in New Zealand. Nearly inedible on the tree the rich tannins and sharp flavour are transformed in the bottle. It’s a kiwi take on the famous West Country style. Released annually with a limited supply – it’s worth the wait.

  • See

    Deep golden.

  • Smell

    Ripe apple and tropical fruit.

  • Taste

    Tropical fruits, nutty, spice, full bodied, balanced.

  • Dryness

    Slack Ma Girdle Dryness
  • Tannin

    Slack Ma Girdle Tannin
  • Try it with

    Aged cheddar.


6.6% ABV Slack Ma Girdle Bottle

The Zeffer Story

Our journey began on Sam’s parents farm in 2009 when Sam decided to try his wine-making hand at making cider. After extensive research we knew the style of cider we liked best. Not just any old ‘made from concentrate’ cider, we wanted to make real cider from real fruit with patience, craft and quality.

We knew that the final product would taste its best if we started with the best ingredients so we scoured the country to find specific apple and pear varieties from orchards around New Zealand.

After long wintery nights crushing, an exploding fruit press, experimental brews and many hours spent hand bottling we had

our first batch ready for release in the Spring of 2009. We sold it exclusively through our local Matakana Farmers market and were rewarded with great feedback, eager buyers and steady growth which ultimately allowed us to build our own cidery. And, while we are now the proud owners of a shiny new fruit press we remain faithful to our simple vision and ethos of making cider that we are both proud to put our name on and love to drink.

Our ciders are fermented in small batches and made with minimal intervention that allows the natural flavours and true character to shine without the use of any artificial colours or sweeteners. We love what we do and we love that we get to share it with you.

From the Team at Zeffer

Sam, Hannah, Josh & Greg


Years of winemaking expertise and a finely tuned palate give Sam (our cidermaker) knowledge, craft and attention to detail.


Hannah is Zeffer’s chief apple-hunter, scouring the country to find New Zealand’s best fruit. She’s in charge of keeping the Zeffer cellar full of stock ready to hit the shelves.


You’ll find Josh with his phone glued to his ear organising the next Zeffer event. He's responsible for bringing Zeffer to your local so if you can’t find it in-store, give him a call.


Not your typical bean counter, more like the apple counter. Greg adds the numbers to ensure you get your Zeffer cider at the best possible price.

Made with love & craft

Made with love and craft

Contact Zeffer

Postal Address

4i Titan Place,
(09) 215 6028

Sales & Marketing
(021) 223 2800


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