Where to find NZ’s top cheese stores

Where to find NZ’s top cheese stores

Four exceptional outlets selling locally made cheese have joined the ranks of the Top NZ Cheese Stores for 2022 and 2023, giving shoppers 18 places across the country where they are guaranteed an outstanding experience buying locally made cheese.

This is the third year for the annual accreditation system, which is organised and assessed by the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association in October to coincide with NZ Cheese Month.

There are now 18 retailers around the country that have been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Top NZ Cheese Store’, this year’s debutantes are:

•        Te Puna Deli, Tauranga

•        Fresh Choice Pāpāmoa, Tauranga

•        Fresh Choice Merivale, Christchurch

•        Geraldine Cheese Company, Geraldine

Accreditation is made after a thorough evaluation by specialist food judges.

The only supermarket in Tauranga to cut cheese freshly from the wheel, Fresh Choice Pāpāmoa offers a huge range of New Zealand cheese. From family favourites such as Mainland through to boutique offerings from makers such as Cranky Goat from the Marlborough Sounds or Little River from Nelson, the store prides itself on having an offer for every NZ cheese lover. Fresh Choice Pāpāmoa educate consumers about the variety of locally made produce by regularly offering NZ cheese tastings instore.

The Junction Shop in Appleby

Te Puna Deli in Tauranga prides itself on selling fresh produce direct from local growers and buying in bulk to reduce packaging and this philosophy extends to NZ cheese. They stock an extensive range of New Zealand cheeses which shoppers can match with locally made accompaniments such as chutneys, relishes and daily fresh sourdough. The team regularly taste and receive cheese education meaning they’re always happy to make suggestions and recommendations to customers.

Christchurch’s Fresh Choice Merivale is known to locals for its extensive range of NZ cheese. The supermarket sets itself apart by being one of the few to cut cheese freshly from the wheel to order all year. They have a strong focus on growing sales of NZ cheese. Which is reflected in their extensive range which offers something for every cheese lover with goat, cow, buffalo, sheep cheese all available. Their dedicated staff are passionate about cheese and share this love with customers.

Located in Four Peaks Plaza in the heart of bustling South Canterbury town, Geraldine Cheese Co sells their NZ Champions of Cheese winning hand-crafted cheeses as well as an exclusive range of locally produced delicatessen and homewares. There are always cheese tastings in store and their friendly staff have plenty of knowledge of their award-winning cheese and learn how it’s made which they happily share with shoppers. The store also boasts a selection of New Zealand ice cream.

These four stores join 14 others from Auckland to Oamaru which sell locally made cheese and are recognised as Top NZ Cheese Stores.

Announcing the Top NZ Cheese Stores for 2022 and 2023, NZSCA Chair, Catherine McNamara said the country’s cheesemakers are delighted to have these 18 stores recognised for their dedication to New Zealand cheese. “Cheesemakers are very passionate about their craft, so having the support of stores that share their knowledge and enthusiasm with cheese lovers all around the country is just wonderful.”

Revealing the Top NZ Cheese Stores came at the end of another successful NZ Cheese month, which culminated with that announcement, as well as the naming of the Rutherford & Meyer Favourite NZ Cheese Company. Throughout NZ Cheese Month in October Kiwi cheese lovers were invited to vote for their favourite cheesemaker. By public vote the title went to Whitestone Cheese Co, the family-owned Oamaru cheese company, which has been making cheese for more than 30 years. Whitestone Cheese is also a leading cheese retailer with its Whitestone Cheese Store attached to its Oamaru factory named as a Top NZ Cheese Store.

The Top NZ Cheese Stores 2022 and 2023 are:


•        Farro, Grey Lynn

•        Farro, Lunn Ave (Mt Wellington)

•        Farro, North Store

•        Sabato, Mt Eden


•        Over the Moon Dairy, Putaruru

•        Over the Moon Deli, Cambridge

Bay of Plenty

•        Te Puna Deli, Tauranga

•        Fresh Choice Pāpāmoa, Tauranga

Hawke’s Bay

•        Hōhepa, Clive

•        New World Hastings


•        C’est Cheese, Featherston


•        Moore Wilson’s, Tory Street


•        The Junction Shop, Appleby


•        Barrys Bay Cheese, Akaroa

•        Charing Cross Cheesery, Riverside Market

•        Fresh Choice Merivale

South Canterbury

•        Geraldine Cheese Co

North Otago

•        Whitestone Cheese, Oamaru

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