Auckland’s best cheeses
Auckland is home to some of the best cheesemakers.
The Clevedon-based company pioneered ’farmhouse’ buffalo cheese in New Zealand and has become one of the most popular mozzarella producers, supplying to several top restaurants. Their products are stocked at several supermarkets and gourmet food stores and they still hold a weekly stall at Clevedon Farmers Market.
MASSIMO’S ITALIAN CHEESES, DAIRY FLAT
An Italian family were inspired to make cheese here because they thought imported mozzarella was far too over-priced. They’ve won a swag of awards particularly for their ricotta, which claimed gold at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards in 2012, 2014 and 2016 (and silver in 2015).
PUHOI VALLEY CHEESE CO
The big cheese in Auckland when it comes to the size of their business. Puhoi’s head cheesemaker, Franck Beaurain, says he’ll never get tired of the constant variations he can create with cheese. Puhoi’s Kawau Blue Cheese picked up the title of ‘best cheese’ at this year’s New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.
WHANGARIPO BUFFALO CHEESE COMPANY
They produce six to eight tonnes of cheese a year for sale around the country as well as bottled fresh pasteurised milk and milk for other cheesemakers. Their products include blue, pecorino, fresca, brie and hard cheese.
The cheese is made from the couple’s home-based factory in Onewhero, 20km to the west of their store in Mercer. Visitors to the store can try goat, sheep, buffalo and cowmilk cheese that are kept in ameticulous temperature controlled storage system.