2018 Season has started......
Spring cheese and sunshine!!
The milk is flowing, the cheese is starting to mature..
The main production team Natalie right and Juliet left are washing some of our
Hikurangi Bricks in the local Kaikoura Emporium Brewery …BBC...beer for the washed rind challenge!
Made from the Laugrange freshest of fresh jersey cow’s milk mmmmmmmm!!!!!
Goat's Milk and Tenara to the People
While our precious goats having been leased away, they are in good hands with Cavel at Willoughby Farm for the second season to help us all cope with the aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake, will still have a few favourites here to keep us all sane.
Kaikoura Cheese Shop
Marlborough Farmers Market,
Mel Slinging cheese in Blenheim for the second season
What's NEW The Nelson Cheese Lounge,
123 Hardy Street. Open Thursday-Friday 11am till 4pm
(Wednesday and Saturday we have our stands at the farmers market and the Montgomery square market)
2016 - 2017 A 7.8 Quake ...... a blue,
Earthquakes certainly get in the way of one's plans. With the season only just started and having put everything into double our production it was a dig blow...Just three weeks after we featured on NZ's very own
Country Calendar TV Show,
Season 2016, Episode 30 (a big undertaking and an absolute honour that was, our girls still ask when we are going to be on tv again lol) the Kaikoura 7.8 earthquake hit…..
It has been a rough ride to say the least many changes and challenges however determination perhaps stubbornness and the overwhelming support from our customers far and wide, dedicated suppliers, work colleagues, our fantastic team who have worked tirelessly through, our business mentors, friends and family have all kept us going.
A Life Lifeline
Shane Averill and family from Goatland Farms along with Sue Arthur from Over the Moon Dairy threw us a lifeline we call the Candy Goddess something that is incredibly humbling and we will be forever grateful.
2015 Topp Country
The Topp Twins came to visit
2014 A Big Stepping Stone,
saw us move into Kaikoura town centre “the old Harnett Butchery” a fantastic opportunity for bigger production premises including a small retail shop. We thoroughly enjoyed fitting out the shop ourselves, using as many recycled and re purposed items as we could find. With this move came the opportunity to add members to our production team.
All our hard work and missed holidays were made up for by multiple victories at the 2015 NZ Speciality Cheese Awards. Our new “Tenara” ash-coated goat’s cheese won Champion New Cheese of NZ, a huge accolade and achievement with us being so new to cheese-making.
Originally Established in 2011,
Kaikoura Cheese was borne from a passion for excellent, top-quality wholefood, the love of eating cheese and wanting to have a lifestyle for our family but which added something of value into the community.
The Christchurch Earthquake was the push come shove that resulted in us making an early start and the actual move to Kaikoura while still building our home - a 10 sqm tiny house on 5 acres of family land. We bought our first 3 Saanan milking goats and started practising the art of making cheese.
Within a year that small herd had grown to 7, and we had a small cheese plant set up. Milking by hand everyday, we soon established our first goat’s milk cheese. Rewarded in 2013, winning several medals at the NZ Speciality Cheese Awards and gaining significant recognition for our budding brand.
Thanks for visiting, Daniel, Sarah, Pipi and Coya and the whole of the Kaikoura Cheese Team