Chocoholics, are you ready for this?
If you don´t adore chocolate, what kind of freak of nature are you? Chocolate is heaven on earth. And lucky for you, New Zealand is home to some of the finest chocolate around. In 2018, we were all heartbroken at the closing of Cadbury World in Dunedin. But don´t fret, it is time to embrace your inner Willy Wonka and head to one of the following unforgettable chocolate factories. These 8 spots are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Explore the OCHO Chocolate Factory and watch as they turn cacao into mouth-watering chocolate bars. Taste cacao from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji in a truly memorable experience. Learn about the history and observe the team as they wrap tasty chocolate by hand.
📍 10 Roberts Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Take your taste buds on a chocolate adventure at Makana Confections. Specifically famous for their unique truffles from Irish cream, pinot noir, just to name a few. Pick between two boutique chocolate factories – one in the heart of the Marlborough Wine Trail or the one in Bay of Islands. Delight in being schooled on chocolate making and taste some delicious samples that make it well worth the visit.
📍 North Island: 504 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0293, New Zealand
📍 South Island: Corner Rapaura & O’Dwyers Roads, Blenheim 7240, New Zealand
Gleefully eat and drink chocolate at one of the greatest chocolate factories in New Zealand. With a full tasting tour at the end, who could willfully say no? you´ll be in your element as you watch the process unfold from little beans to beautifully hand wrapped bars. For tickets, visit the Wellington Chocolate Factory website.
📍 5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Chocolate enthusiasts will adore this bean-to-bar chocolate factory. Excitingly, you can indulge on tasty pastries, cakes, gelatos, macarons and plenty more seasonal treats. Be sure to take advantage of their newly built Glass Houses. They were created last year in an effort to prevent the spread of covid-19 but still allow people to have the best chocolate experience.
📍 14 McDonald Street, Morningside, Auckland 1025, New Zealand
There are lots of packages to choose from in this chocolate wonderland. For example, Double Chocolate Delight is a 30 minute tour showing you the chocolate making process while you enjoy some confectionary or else pick the exclusive Trible Chocolate Dipper where you embark on a three hour journey through the Chocolate Museum, Factory Shop and treat yourself to a chocolate overload of drinks and treats. For bookings, visit the Silky Oak Chocolate website.
📍 1131 Links Road, Waiohiki 4183, New Zealand
This award-winning chocolate factory has Bay Of Plenty´s own Willy Wonka, Glenn Yeatman to thank for its existence. They are proud producers of the most heavenly and healthy bean-to-bar chocolate that is free from dairy, gluten, nuts and soy. Likewise, their hand-crafted bars contain ingredients like sugar, cacao, peppermint, berries, caramel and more. Sadly, tours are not available but you can purchase some of their good-quality chocolate in more than 70 stores nationwide.
📍 1 Macrae Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3143, New Zealand
The only thing better than chocolate is scrumptious gooey cookies. Cookie Time Factory is great for kids and a serious chocoholics paradise. Expect to find heaps of freshly baked cookies in different shapes and a variety of tasting experiences. Equally, you can purchase a 1kg bag of cookie chunks to set you up for the week at home.
📍 789 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Unfortunately, this factory doesn´t offer tours but we wanted to show you what goes on behind the scenes of crafting some of the most savory chocolate on earth. The Whittaker family have been formulating chocolate for four generations. Luckily, you can purchase some of their glorious chocolate in stores nationwide.