REVEALED: NZ's cheapest jugs of beer (according to The Rock listeners)
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REVEALED: NZ's cheapest jugs of beer (according to The Rock listeners)

There isn't a much better feeling than sitting down and having a drink with your mates after a long week of hard work.

But with the current cost-of-living crisis, on-farm inflation hitting a 40-year high as well as the introduction of the second-largest alcohol excise tax increase in the last 30 years, just popping down to your local pub for a pint isn't as easy and affordable as it once was. 

Stuff reporter Oliva Caldwell set out to find the cheapest 1-litre jug of beer in New Zealand and spoke to The Rock Morning Rumble about her findings.

Coming in at $11, the Lumsden Hotel’s jug of Speights is the cheapest she’s found so far, having only completed her tour of the South Island.

During the interview with Olivia, Rock listeners bombarded the text machine with jugs that beat Lumsden’s on price. While these prices have not been officially verified and some may also be for happy hour, which Olivia doesn’t count, these are the cheapest jugs in New Zealand according to Rock listeners.


  • Elbow Room, Hastings: $6 jugs, $8 jugs of Double Brown

  • Judea Tavern, Taurganga: $7.50 jugs

  • Undisclosed pub, Christchurch: Half-price if the Wahs are winning, so $7.50 jugs

  • Alexandra Bowling Club, Alexandra: $8 jugs

  • Temps Bar, Christchurch: $9 jugs with full 7 ounces in it

  • The Elmwood Trading Co., Christchurch: $10 jugs of Speights

  • Undisclosed place, Richmond, Nelson: $10.30 jugs of Tui

  • Razza Bar, Twizel: $11 jugs

  • Tahuna Tavern, Tahuna: $12 jugs

  • Golden Mile Motel & Tavern, Templeton: $12 jugs, $8 on Sundays

  • Milton Country Club, Tokoiti: $12 jugs, $10 big bottles

  • Main Street Sports Bar, Rangiora: $13 jugs

The Morning Rumble also talked to Pearl, the legendary owner of the Tahuna Tavern. She didn’t know if they “could handle her jugs” but let them know it’s just $12 a pop at her spot. 

“We like to look after our locals, 'cause they look after us,” she said to explain her price. 

So next time you are considering whether you can afford to go out for a few beers after some hard yakka, it might pay to check this list and see if there are any particularly cheap jugs near you!