Nectarine sponsors local chess team at Nationals


Nectarine is a firm believer in supporting the Wairarapa community, and we have a history of strong involvement in chess and boardgaming. Director Minty Hunter has run the draw for the past few years at the Wairarapa regional junior and intermediate qualifier tournament and taken winning teams away to compete in the Chess Interschool Nationals. More recently, he helped organise [...]

The Garden Game


I've been slowly working away on some illustrations for a board game for Toby Falconer. He has come up with an awesome game in which you have to trap fairies in a Victorian garden to gain victory points. Heaps of fun to play. Toby wanted a bit of an Art Nouveau look to the fairies, although he also loves many [...]

Skint To Mint boardgame Quickplay Rules

Being in a somewhat niche market like boardgames can lead to interesting phonecalls! A recent one was from the Reserve Bank who had an existing boardgame called "Skint To Mint". It's aimed at raising financial literacy and teaching people about the difference between types of investments, including Savings, Stocks and Property. Working closely with the Young Enterprise Trust, the Reserve [...]

Game Drive boardgame

GAME DRIVE: Race your fellow conservationists from Camp to each of the wildlife reserves. In those reserves, complete Game Drives with Animal Photo and Tracker cards, and use Rangers to protect the Big Five. Along the way, look out for flash floods and elephant charges, and be warned - there are Poachers out there! It’s just like being there - [...]

Time Zone boardgame

David and Margaret Allis of Edugames came to us with a box re-design job for their award-winning game Time Zone. The original box was starting to look a bit dated: The initial direction was for an illustrative approach, but after some work, they decided it wasn't quite the look they were after. Timezone - Illustration version Bek kept the steampunk [...]

Webstock 2011 trading card game!

Speaker cards and envelopes from Webstock 2009 Way back in the last decade, in February of 2009, the fabulous Kai Koenig and I ran a trading card game at the brilliant and enthralling Webstock conference. It was a cracking success, with a google doc of the rules being uploaded by some intrepid punter on the first day, massive trading and [...]

Happy Sheep

Happy Sheep's a fast, fun game of memory, deduction and bluffing. It's a fabulous family game, but it's also got enough calculation and deception to make it a great light filler for serious gamers. The lovely thing about it is that is seems very simple: lay out the lovely wooden tiles in a grid, start peeking at them and moving [...]

Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders is a wonderful exploration of the human body and the food we eat to fuel it. Correctly identify body parts and make wise food choices to stay ahead of your opponents as you travel through the digestive system. An entertaining way to learn about this fascinating subject. This one has all the stuff in it that kids [...]


Grow four in a row but don't topple on your go! What do you get when you cross Connect-4 with Jenga? A game that everyone wants to play again immediately after they've finished their first game! A delightfully tactile, action-packed game that builds to a nail-biting conclusion as players take turns adding to an ever growing tree - that becomes [...]


It’s a race to post the most and discover New Zealand along the way! Frogmail keeps hands and minds on the hop... *     Choose a native frog stamp *     Find towns and landmarks on a NZ map *     Affix stamps to postcards and post them in the box *     Look through a magic eyeglass and decipher number codes *     Challenge [...]

The Terrific Tuatara Trail

Ready to take the ultimate journey of discovery? Travel through time and rediscover New Zealand’s rich historical past.  Answer questions as you go, and earn points by collecting worms, wetas, millipedes and beetles. The player with the largest collection of delicious tuatara treats at the end of the journey wins the game! More gorgeous illustration by Bek sets this in [...]


Trilith is a 3D connection game for two players, played on a square 9x9 grid board, with simple rules, complex strategy and cut-throat outcomes! A gladiator type competition between two opponents that will force you to outwit, outbuild and outmaster the competition in order to claim victory. If you enjoy complex tactical play and the satisfaction of developing a winning [...]

Monkey Mayhem

It's night time at the zoo. All the visitors have come and gone, and the zookeepers have headed home. Amongst the packing crates scattered around their enclosure, the monkeys gather for their regular competition! Each Sunday night, the monkeys race to push the crates together to build a tall tower. Choose your monkey and by matching food tokens to the [...]

Moa Hunt : Off The Beaten Track

Building on the achievements of The Amazing Moa Hunt, this is the first expansion pack. You need the original game to play, but this adds a new set of intriguing (if less well-known) Kiwi places. We rolled some of the Amazing Mammoth Hunt improvements - the clue sheet and rules tweaks - into Off The Beaten Track, and added a [...]

The Amazing Mammoth Hunt

Riding on the success of The Amazing Moa Hunt and The Great Goanna Hunt, we turned our attention to world geography. For The Amazing Mammoth Hunt there were a host of key changes that make it, to me, the best of the three 'Hunt' games. Firstly, we went to a huge, gorgeous 3-fold board to properly display the globe and [...]

The Great Goanna Hunt

Soon after The Amazing Moa Hunt hit shelves, it was seen by an Australian games distributor, who got excited about an Aussie version. So we went full steam ahead and soon The Great Goanna Hunt was in game shops and Australian Geographic Stores throughout the big isle to our west!

The Amazing Moa Hunt

This is the game that started our involvement with boardgames (although Minty had certainly played enough of them in his time!) Romina Marinkovich had created a pencil-sketched geography game to help home-school her kids. She asked Bek if she'd bring the graphics up to the point where it might attract a publisher, and with a bit of polish it did: [...]