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Chocolate Shop Directory


This is a country wide Chocolate Shop Directory with a bit of chocolate information on the side. We're chocolate novices so the information is intended as a guide for those who want to make chocolate stops as they travel NZ. If you'd like tips on how to train your taste buds and do a chocolate tasting, the book For the love of chocolate - A Kiwi indulgence by Stephanie Everitt (co-owner of Devonport Chocolates) will get you started. For more information about the history of chocolate the author recommends The True History of Chocolate by anthropologists Sophie & Michael Coe.

Shop hours are subject to change so to avoid disappointment please confirm directly with stores if you're making a special trip, prices are also subject to change so are a guide only. If you'd like to contribute to the guide with comments or recommendations, that would be (as many Kiwis say), sweet as, post a comment below or contact us. (Updated March 2017)


What's New? Makana Chocolate Cafe, Kerikeri; Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, Auckland;


North Island

Kerikeri

Makana Confections, 504 Kerikeri Road (see South Island section for the Blenheim branch)
www.makana.co.nz
Watch chocolates being made, and choose from the range that includes naturally nutty, fruit favourites and sugar free. The staff are very welcoming and generous with samples. Every now and then I taste something that I think is beyond delicious and that's what I think about Makana's macadamia butter toffee crunch. Purchase in store or online. Open daily.


 
Makana Chocolate Cafe
Orange ganache tart at Makana Chocolate Cafe
Cabinet full of treats at Makana Chocolate Cafe
Makana Chocolate Cafe - Patisseria & Gelateria, 504 Kerikeri Road
Next to Makana Confections you will find the modern and air conditioned Makana Chocolate Cafe. The cabinets are full of delicious looking treats like boozy chocolate cherry cake, lemon meringue slice, chocolate fondant, and orange ganache tart (photo above). There's also a gelato bar and seating outside for sunny days. Open 7 days, 8.30am - 5pm.


chocolate   The Chocolate & Coffee Show is held in Auckland.


Mangawhai

Bennetts of Mangawhai, 52 Moir Street
www.bennetsofmangawhai.com
Bennetts of Mangawhai is built in European style and it's much more than a delightful chocolaterie, there's also a cafe and a lovely courtyard for dining. Definitely visit Bennetts of Mangawhai if you're in the area. Open 7 days.

 
Bennetts of Mangawhai
Bennetts of Mangawhai
Bennetts of Mangawhai

Warkworth

Chocolate Brown, 6 Mill Lane
www.chocolatebrown.co.nz
You can shop online, visit the chocolaterie and cafe or buy products from the many stockists listed on the website. If you'd like to say Kia Ora or Ka Pai in chocolate see the CB@NZ range. There is an area at the back of the cafe with bean bags where children can settle in and watch a DVD. Also worthy of note are the well designed bathrooms. Hours.

 
Chocolate Brown
Chocolates
Chocolate Cake


chocolate   Purchase Fairtrade organic chocolate from Trade Aid shops nationwide.

Auckland

Bohemiem Chocolates

Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, 12 O'Connell Street, city
www.bohemein.co.nz
Bohemein have a store in Wellington and Auckland, and an online shop. They have some of the best novelty chocolate designs I have seen, and if you're lucky you may get to sample some of their Belgian chocolate in store. As well as delicious chocolate they have gelato, coffee and hot chocolate to go. Open 7 days.



House of Chocolate, 13-19 Sunnyhaven Avenue, Beach Haven Village
www.houseofchocolate.co.nz
Visit the Beach Haven Factory Shop & Cafe or the Takapuna Dessert Cafe & Cakery.


Chocolate Earth
Chocolate Earth, 46 Clyde Road, Browns Bay
www.chocolate-earth.co.nz
Chocolate Earth is a cake and dessert store that also sells chocolate and fudge. Open 7 days.


Chocolate   "National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is March 24, and International Chocolate Day is July 7.


Treats at Chocolate Boutique Cafe, Parnell

Chocolate Boutique & Dessert Cafe, 323 Parnell Road, Parnell
www.chocolateboutique.co.nz
Shop for chocolates and enjoy desserts, beverages and cakes in the dessert cafe. It's a cute store and popular, it can be difficult to get a table outside on a fine evening. A range of chocolate gift box selections can be ordered online. Open 7 days, 11am - 10pm.



Devonport Chocolates, 17 Wynyard Street, Devonport; & Shop 34, Queens Arcade, 34-40 Queen Street
www.devonportchocolates.co.nz
Devonport Chocolates sell Kiwiana tablet chocolate, the designs were created by local artist Fraser Williams. I purchased a block of the boysenberry meringue chocolate for a caravan fan. You can also buy chocolate shoes, a chocolate puzzle, and Single Origin Samoan Chocolate. Shop online or visit the stores. Open 7 days.

Devonport Chocolates

chocolate   Stephanie Everitt, co-owner of Devonport Chocolates is the author of For the love of chocolate - A Kiwi indulgence.


Philippe's Chocolate & French Pastries, 293/295 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
www.philippechocolate.co.nz
As well as a range of French pastries and cakes, Philippe's sell chocolate spreads, and gift packs of chocolates and truffles in flavours like lychee and rose, basil, and fig. See the website for opening hours, you may also find Philippe's products at food markets around Auckland.


theobroma hot chocolate in a mug

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge
www.chocolatelounge.com.au
Theobroma sells individual Belgian style chocolates and has a menu of chocolate drinks and desserts including a fruit and chocolate fondue. Theobroma is a franchise so chocolate lounges will pop up at many locations. Chocolate Lounge locations in Auckland include - Westfield St Lukes, 80 St Lukes Road; Sylvia Park, 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington and Botany Town Centre, 588 Chapel Road, East Tamaki. Open 7 days.



Chocolate  Chocolate classes in Auckland - learn to make chocolate truffles at Criollo Chocolates; and Kako Chocolate School offer Chocolate 101 and 201.


Colestown Chocolates, 405 Remuera Road, Remuera
www.colestownchocolates.co.nz
You can build a box of chocolates at Colestown or buy one ready made. Unusual flavours include a pink champagne truffle, limoncello, and chilli and manuka honey. Open 7 days.



Butlers Chocolate Cafe

Butlers Chocolate Cafe, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, Mount Wellington
www.butlerschocolate.com
Butlers Chocolate Cafe in Sylvia Park has plenty of seating and serves sweet and savoury treats as well as chocolate many ways. The coffee prices are higher than you will pay elsewhere BUT you get to choose a chocolate so that sweetens the deal. Open late 7 days.


Chocolate   Send a chocolate bouquet - Edible Blooms.


Tauranga

Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street
As well as selling gift ware, Cabbages and Kings have a chocolate cabinet and sell packaged and individual chocolates from Devonport Chocolates, Bennetts of Mangawhai, and deSpa in Christchurch.


Silky Oak Chocolate Company, Picadilly Arcade, 43 Devonport Road
www.silkyoakchocs.co.nz
A range of packaged and individual chocolates made by Silky Oak Chocolate Company in Napier can be purchased in the small store in Picadilly Arcade.

Hamilton

Donovans Chocolates Shop & Cafe, 137 Maui Street, Pukete Estate
www.donovanschocolates.co.nz
You can buy strawberry pavlova, and feijoa milk chocolate blocks from Donovan's, and hot chocolate and chocolate cake are on the menu in the cafe. Open Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm, closed weekends and public holidays.


Waikato Valley Chocolates, 5 Borman Road, Hamilton
www.waikatovalleychocolates.co.nz
Chocolate santas, dark chocolate kiwifruit, and cherries are some of the products made by Waikato Valley Chocolates. The factory shop is open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm. The chocolate is also sold at The Warehouse - go NZ made.


Chocolate  There are Theobroma Chocolate Lounges in Westfield Chartwell, corner Hukanui and Comries Roads in Chartwell, as well as Centre Place on Bryce Street in Hamilton.


Rotorua

Death by Chocolate, Fat Dog Cafe
Rotorua doesn't have a chocolate shop anymore however if you are looking for a chocolate hit Fat Dog Cafe at 1161 Arawa Street has 'Death by Chocolate' on their dessert menu. On our visit 'Death by Chocolate' was made up of a hot chocolate pudding, a chocolate cigar, chocolate mocha pot, chocolate ice cream, and a black cherry gateaux.

The chocolate pudding was our pick of the plate, the chocolate cigar was a miss for us, but overall it was a good dessert and at $18.40 it's excellent value as it's big enough for at least two people to share. (Note: The components of the dessert may change from time to time. In the photo, chocolate ice cream is in the same pot as the chocolate mocha).


chocolate  Giles Chocolatier is at 169 St Aubyn Street in New Plymouth, or you can buy online.


Napier

The Silky Oak Chocolate Company, 1131 Links Road
www.silkyoakchocs.co.nz
They've got chocolate covered at Silky Oak - watch the chocolate making process at the onsite factory shop, have a cup of hot chocolate in the cafe or join a chocolate tour. We enjoyed learning about chocolate through the ages at the onsite museum.

Silky Oak Chocolates
Silky Oak Chocolates

Chocolate   La Petit Chocolat in Hawkes Bay make organic, fair trade chocolate, you can also try some of their hot chocolate at the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market.


Palmerston North

theobroma hot chocolate in a mug
Alexandre Patisserie, Chocolaterie & Cafe, 9 Coleman Mall
Alexandre Patisserie is tucked away at 9 Coleman Mall, just off The Square. As well as chocolate treats you will find traditional French fare like almond croissants, baguettes and tarte paysane (farmers tart).


Theobroma Chocolate Lounge & Munchkins, The Plaza, The Square
www.theplaza.co.nz
The Plaza is home to a Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, and Munchkins which sells handmade chocolate and fudge (type "chocolate" into the store finder search box to find out more).

Chocolate  Two Chocolate Festivals in Wairarapa - Chocol'Art Festival and Carterton Chocolate Festival.


Greytown

Shoc Chocolate
Schoc Chocolates, 177 Main Street
www.schoc.co.nz
We liked the chocolate bowls filled with goodies at Schoc, Martinborough wine fans will enjoy the truffles flavoured with wine from local vineyards. If you're a Schoc-oholic there are a list of stockists on the website. Open 7 days. (An interesting article about Schoc's 'chocologist'). Update: Schoc have opened Capital Schoc at 31 Waring Taylor Street in Wellington.


Chocolate   A neat Pinterest page of hot chocolates by a world traveller in search of the Ultimate Hot Chocolate.


Kapiti Coast

Nyco Chocolates, corner State Highway 1 & Raumati Road, Paraparaumu
Nyco run tours by appointment for a minimum of 5 people, $5pp. Stock up on chocolates from the factory shop and enjoy a free tasting while you shop. The prices are very reasonable - individual chocolates from $1 and a variety of bags of chocolate from $5. You'll also find LARGE chocolate fish and boxes of sheep and rugby ball chocolates. Nyco specialises in producing private label chocolates and will create personalised messages in large or small quantities.


Wellington

Bohemein Chocolates
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, 109 Featherston Street, city
www.bohemein.co.nz
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates in Featherston Street serve hot chocolate, coffee and chocolates to go. They have a neat range of novelty chocolates, and if you're looking for Christmas stocking fillers there's a Christmas Collection. You can also learn to make truffles at a Chocolate class. Opening hours.



de Spa Chocolatier, Old Bank Arcade, corner Lambton Quay & Customhouse Quay
www.despa.co.nz
de Spa is a small shop tucked away in the Old Bank Arcade, it is a retail store for the de Spa range that are produced at the factory in Christchurch.



Hot Chocolates at Butlers Chocolate Cafe
Butlers Chocolate Cafe, 103 Willis Street (also at Westfield in Lower Hutt, Paraparaumu and Porirua)
www.butlerschocolates.com
Butlers offer a sweet deal - most beverages are served with a complimentary chocolate on the side. I revisited Butlers in July 2015 for a peppermint flavoured hot chocolate that came with a chocolate of my choice (hazelnut dark chocolate).

The peppermint hot chocolate was teeth chattering sweet but it was a nice way to warm up on a winters day. Glasses of hot chocolate start at $5.20, $3 for children. Chocolate desserts and ice cream sundaes are also on the menu. Butlers on Willis Street is open 7 days.


chocolate  Another chocolate shop in the Wellington area is The Chocolate Story in Petone.


Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva Street
www.wcf.co.nz
Five dollars will get you a cup of single origin hot chocolate at Wellington Chocolate Factory. Made with ground chocolate and milk there were four types of hot chocolate to choose from on our visit, we chose Peru, and salted caramel. We took a seat at the large communal table in the industrial space and sipped and nodded, and decided that the salted caramel was our favourite.

Hot Chocolate at the Wellington Chocolate Factory
Chocolate bars made by Wellington Chocolate Factory

We also admired the art work on the chocolate bars, they're not the cheapest bars in town at $11.50+ for a large block (above) but you may find the bean to bar craft chocolate worth it. Visit Facebook to keep up-to-date with chocolaty developments.


Chocolate  The NZ Chocolate Festival is held in Wellington.


South Island

Blenheim

Makana Confections, corner Rapaura and O'Dwyers Road (also in Kerikeri)
www.makana.co.nz
As well as their chocolates, Makana have a range of chocolate books, chocolate themed birthday cards and chocolate candles. As is usual at Makana the friendly staff enthusiastically hand out free samples. Open 7 days.


Chocolate  At the Nelson Market on Saturday morning in Montgomery Square look out for Hogarth Craft Chocolate and Aroha Chocolate.


Collingwood

Rosy Glow Chocolate, 54 Beach Road
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Rosy Glow sells couverture chocolate from a pink villa in Collingwood. It's a delightful little chocolate shop with equally lovely staff. The chocolate is up there with the best we've had - we chose a chocolate caramel log, and peppermint and ginger individual chocolates. Other flavours include rum and raisin, cherry cobbler, almond, coffee, and cashew crunchy. You can make your own box selection or buy one of the ready made gift boxes. Open 10am - 5pm Saturday to Thursday, phone 03 524 8348.

Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow

Chocolate   "Would you like to make your own chocolates? Visit www.homestylechocolates.co.nz - they supply chocolate moulds and chocolate making equipment.


Christchurch

De Spa Chocolate
deSpa Factory & Showroom, 1013 Ferry Road, Ferrymead
www.despa.co.nz
deSpa make more than 70 varieties of hand made Belgian chocolates and sell sugar free options as well as cooking chocolate. deSpa chocolates are sold at a variety of retail stores around NZ.


Chocolate  Theobroma Chocolate Lounge is on Level 2, store 266 in Westfield Riccarton, 129 Riccarton Road.


She Universe Cafe & Chocolaterie, 79 Main Road, Governors Bay &
Chocolate Bar, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston
www.shechocolat.com
She Universe in Governors Bay has beautiful views over the tree tops and out to Lyttelton Harbour, a seat on the balcony is perfect for a sunny day. She have a breakfast and lunch menu, chocolate desserts, hot chocolates and a selection of smaller chocolate treats at the Chocolate Counter. We visited for hot chocolates, the infamous She brownie, and our favourite, cacao balls - see She Universe, Governors Bay via thecuriouskiwi/blog.

Hot Chocolate with a view at She Universe, Governors Bay
She Chocolate Bar at The Tannery

Chocolate classes are held at the Chocolate School, and there is a Chocolate Bar at The Tannery in Woolston, it's an option for those who don't want to drive the 20 minutes or so to Governors Bay from the city.


Chocolate   Take your nana or mum on a trip down memory lane with Queen Anne Chocolates, made in Christchurch and distributed around the country.


Geraldine

Coco, 10 Talbot Street
www.coco-geraldine.co.nz
Coco is a lovely shop/cafe with sweet treats in the cabinet and a gorgeous selection of truffles and small chocolates. Coco also stock the Chocolate Brown range. There are bags of organic hot chocolate and empty chocolate cups waiting to be turned into delicious desserts.


ChocolateWhittaker's is a family owned and operated company that has been making chocolate in NZ since 1896. To find out more visit the chocolate website.


Queenstown / Arrowtown / Wanaka / Dunedin

Patagonia - tea & chocolate brownie

Patagonia Chocolates, 50 Beach Street, Queenstown (Open 10am - 10pm)
www.patagoniachocolates.co.nz
Patagonia Chocolates is in a superb location on the lake front in Queenstown, it's a very popular meeting place. There is seating inside and out and free WiFi. There are some unusual chocolate combinations like roasted sesame seeds blended with dark chocolate, and rice bubbles blended with white chocolate. They serve a chocolate croissant breakfast, and chocolate fondue for dessert. Update: Patagonia Chocolates are also at 2 Rees Street, and Queenstown Airport.


Patagonia - Ice Cream






Patagonia Chocolates, 31 Ramshaw Lane, Arrowtown
www.patagoniachocolates.co.nz
Patagonia Chocolate's new location on Ramshaw Lane is much bigger and has seating inside and out. There is a freezer full of ice cream and frozen yoghurt, lots of fudge, and ofcourse chocolate.

Patagonia Hot Chocolate
Patagonia Chocolates, 159 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
www.patagoniachocolates.co.nz
At Patagonia in Wanaka there's a large indoor seating area and a terrace of outdoor tables. Mike's the hot chocolate judge and all hot chocolate has to meet or surpass il buco on Ponsonby Road in Auckland, Patagonia didn't do it for him but it might do it for you, $6 gets you a large cup. Coffee, tea, ice cream, sorbet and desserts are also on the menu as well as a large range of individual chocolates. Free Wifi. (Open 9am, seasonal closing times)

Chocolate   Cadbury Chocolate Carnival is held every July in Dunedin. Take a tour of Cadbury World and you'll leave with plenty of sweet treats.


Cadbury Chocolate Cafe, Cadbury World, 280 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
www.cadbury.co.nz
Prior to visiting the Cadbury Chocolate Cafe I had read that it would provide an interactive experience, there was no evidence of that during our visit, however I have since found this short piece about designing your own cupcake. Mike was happy to take a double chocolate hit for the team and had a Caramello hot chocolate that arrived with chocolate on the side ($6), and a chocolate brownie. As a Caramello fan he rated the specialty hot chocolate highly.

Cadbury Chocolate Cafe Caramello Hot Chocolate
Cadbury Chocolate Cafe treats
Cadbury Chocolate Cafe Hot Chocolate Menu

There was an array of sweet treats on the counter and a savoury dish or two for those who don't want a sugar overload. If you do a tour of Cadbury World you get 10% discount in the cafe. The cafe adjoins the Cadbury World Shop which was once only accessed as part of a tour, it has now been opened up to the general public. I have to say we loved the Curly Wurly bars, although we were surprised to find they were made in Poland. Open 7 days.


Chocolate  You can buy whiskey liquer chocolates at Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore.


Invercargill

The Seriously Good Chocolate Company, 147 Spey Street
www.seriouslygoodchocolate.nz
Chocolates infused with wine, and Speights beer are produced by The Seriously Good Chocolate Company and can be found at many retail outlets. There is a small cafe onsite, and their instore Kiwiana range includes chocolate fish 'n' chips, and individual pavlova flavoured chocolates. Factory tours and chocolate making classes are an option for groups.


Chocolate  Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in your own kitchen with Annabel Langbein's Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe.

Speights Ale Infused Chocolate

Comments to date: 6. Page 1 of 1.

Rachael

Good one. If you wanted to send me a couple of photos I can add just drop me an email.

Brett NIcholls

The Chocolate Story has reopened in Petone. At the same address. Now with more vegan options than ever!

Rachael

Thanks Melanie. I had a look at the Mary Gray website and saw the cinnamon bars, it sounds like I've been missing out by never hearing about them. I'm going to see if Countdown sell them.

Melanie

I think Mary Gray are still making both types of cinnamon bars. They can be found in supermarkets, on their website or give the factory a call. The hard ones are my FAVOURITE and I've been stuffing my face with them since I was a kid!

Helen Hills

Where can I find Cinnamon bars, either the soft variety or the hard, it doesn't matter? Mary Gray used to have the soft ones, and so did Darell Lee in Australia, but on a recent visit there, shops no longer exist. Thanks for any help

Admin:  Can't say I've ever heard of cinnamon bars, but I saw there are quite a few recipes for them online. As for the big fish, try Nyco, if they don't do dark you could always melt Whittakers dark if you can find the size of mould you want. Homestyle Chocolates have moulds, or Stevens may have them?

margaret crotty

? Please advise where to find LARGE dark chocolate fish ??

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