Artisan producers and delicious goodness
Kāpiti is a haven for artisan producers, where the lifestyle and climate are ideally suited for growing the produce and passion for delicious products. The variety of artisanal delicacies is astounding - is your mouth watering yet?
Apostle Hot Sauce
Lydia & Mathew offer a unique range of small-batch hot sauces handmade in Paekākāriki.
For them, it's not just about heat. Their hand-picked chillies and perfectly balanced spices craft a deep, complex sauce that beautifully complements your meal - not overwhelms it with spice. Delicious!
Coe & Co
Kāpiti lavender growers Nichola and Duncan grow and harvest their award-winning lavender on their farm in Reikorangi. They create a beautiful range of products from their small plot of Pacific Blue lavender. Flowering throughout November, December and most of January, the fields can be used for wedding photography - get in touch to arrange a visit!
Awarded silver at the New Zealand Lavender Growers Association Supreme Oil Awards 2021
Buy online or visit their stall at the Paraparaumu Beach Market most Saturdays.
CoralTree Organics is a family-owned and operated artisan producer of quality full-cycle organic vinegar products based in Ōtaki. One of the first commercially certified organic orchards in New Zealand and now proudly carrying a 25 Year BioGro Organic Certification, their premium drinking vinegar is fermented in oak barrels and matured like a fine wine, delivering a rich, full flavour and optimum health-giving benefits.
Dark Horse Coffee
2 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu
Tucked right in the heart of the industrial zone of the Kāpiti Coast, Dark Horse Roastery and Takeaway Coffee Bar is fast becoming an institution for those that take their coffee seriously.
Operating as both a roastery and takeaway espresso bar, you will find everything you need, from a quick caffeine fix to freshly roasted beans and a range of brewing gear for home. If you share our passion for great tasting coffee and want to see how it all happens, then come on down and get a taste of the Dark Horse magic.
4B Sheffield St, Paraparaumu
Owned and operated by George Duncan and Wai Familton, Duncan’s is the result of a 22,000 km road trip circumnavigating the USA, where they drank their way through a multitude of seasonable and sometimes questionable beer offerings.
Clearly, a beer obsession was born.
Based in Sunny Ōtaki Elemental Cider grow heritage apple cultivars specific for their use in cider production. resulting in "cheeky, fresh ciders that will tantalise your taste buds". Each blend is an expression of the Ōtaki summer in which it was created. Because of seasonal variation, and nothing but the locally grown fruit that is used each year, every batch is different. Carmen and the team strive to make cider simply, with no shortcuts, and with minimal intervention. Barrel-matured, the cider is left to naturally carbonate in the bottle and produces a dry, sparkling cider with refreshing acidity.
Best Traditional Cider Trophy, plus Gold, Silver & 2 x Bronze medals at the 2021 Cider New Zealand Awards
Available from selected eateries and stores - see their website for details.
Glam Jams & Cordials
Glam Jams & Cordials make low cab (keto), diabetic-friendly preserves and cordials from locally grown produce and ingredients.
The range offers a selection of delicious but somewhat unusual and creative flavours and combinations, that are proudly made in Kāpiti. Not sure what to try? Start with the event popular Passion Butter Curd or if savoury is more your style you can't go past the Zucchini Mustard Pickle. Order online or see the team at local markets most weekends.
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Imagination gin is the passionate adventure of good mates Simon Wilson and Chris Charteris who in 2018 established their distillery on the site of the original Tuatara Brewery in the lush Reikorangi Valley. They distil in an 8 plate fractionating column still using pure rainwater captured on the property and source many of their ingredients locally from backyard home gardeners and family-owned and operated farms and orchards.
Each unique bottle label is created by a different tattoo artist and tells a story of the ingredients, the place or people behind what's in the bottle. Their gin is certainly turning heads around the world, as was proven when they received the highest score for a New Zealand gin and a Silver Medal at the 2020 London Spirits Competition.
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Kāpiti Artisan Bakehouse
Kāpiti Artisan Bakehouse makes their bread pretty much as it was made in Europe 200 years ago- apart from the electricity of course. The breads are totally natural with no preservatives, no additives, no artificial ingredients. Their aim is simple - to make a product that is authentic, healthy and delicious.
Their delicious range of yummy bread is available in delis, specialist food stores and supermarkets nationwide.
Kāpiti Chocolate Factory
5 Lorien Court, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu
Kāpiti Coast's very own chocolate factory!
Their chocolate makers have over 60 years of combined experience in chocolate, creating a range of delicious handcrafted treats available for the public to purchase from their factory shop. Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate by taking a factory tour and watch (and smell!) chocolate being made.
Kāpiti Chocolate Factory's delicious chocolate creations, including some old favourites and new delights, make a fabulous gift for any occasion or a special treat for yourself. Definitely a local favourite!
Kāpiti Olive Oil
22 Lethbridge Road, Te Horo
Based in Te Horo, this multi-award winning olive oil producer is the perfect place to stop off and walk within the olive grove. Visitors are welcome to explore the property, see first hand the production and learn what goes into the making of this wonderful product. All visitors are required to book in advance.
Awarded Best in Show at the 2021 Olives NZ Awards
Buy online from their website or from select New World, Countdown and Moore Wilson stores.
Koakoa Limoncello & Bond Store Spirits
3c Magrath Avenue, Paraparaumu
It's no coincidence that Koakoa is Te Reo for happiness...
Kāpiti Coast locals Bec Kay and Chris Barber handcraft Koakoa Limoncello and The Bond Store Gin and Vodka in Paraparaumu and continue to win awards both domestically and internationally for their delicious, locally brewed spirits:
- Gold at the 2021 New Zealand Spirits Awards
- Silver and 2 bronzes at the 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards
- Bronze at the 2019 New Zealand Spirits Awards
- Bronze at the 2020 and 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition (UK)
- Outstanding Silver at the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Competition (UK)
- Double Gold at the 2018 Sip Awards International Spirits Competition (USA)
Order online or purchase from Liquorland and Liquor King stores nationwide. See the full list of stockists.
Louis Sergeant French Patisserie
8 Margaret Road, Raumati
No trip to the Kāpiti Coast is complete without a visit to the divine Louis Sergeant French Patisserie. Indulge in Wellington-famous macarons, spectacular cakes and delicious pastries, or prepare a savoury delight with bread, artisan paté, terrines, Saucisson, cheeses and gourmet sandwiches. They also serve a really great coffee and offer home delivery!
North End Brewery
11 Ngaio Road , Waikanae
North End Brewery is a small team, producing a range of beers, inspired by traditional European styles right out of a brewery in Waikanae.
Taking their name from Kapiti Island, where the aptly named ‘North End’ is most visible from Waikanae Beach the North End Brewery team appreciate local, and this is reflected in their choice of local ingredients where possible. Their sister companies include Olde Beach Bakery, who use their spent grain to make bread, and Long Beach Tavern at Waikanae Beach with a garden bar - a great spot for drinking North End Beers all year round.
Salt and Wood Collective brew-pub is joined to the brewery by a large glass wall and is open all day for American style BBQ and North End Brews to dine in or take away.
Handmade in Paekākāriki, these Pops are bursting with real fruit, with as much locally sourced and organic fruit as possible. Containing no dairy products and less sugar than a normal ice block, their pops are the perfect tasty treat for a hot summer day!
Flavours change depending on what seasonal fruit is available but can include delicious combinations such as Raspberry Lemonade, Avocado & Lime, Strawberry & Kiwi, Pineapple Coconut & Lime, Roasted Plum and Coconut Yoghurt, Orange & Raspberry, and Lime Lemongrass & Ginger. They also strongly believe in being an eco-friendly and ethical business, and use completely compostable and biodegradable packaging.
Sone’s Sauces is a humble, family-run business based in the heart of the Kāpiti Coast. After years of only sharing her delicious creations with family and friends, Sone decided that the world was ready to be graced with the delicious flavours of her kitchen masterpieces.
There is a lot of work put into each lovingly crafted batch that Sone creates, each herb peeled and chopped by hand, each lemon squeezed fresh from the tree, the tastes are closely monitored to make sure they’re no less than perfect, and then finally hand poured into each bottle, ready to dance across your lucky tastebuds.
Not only are the sauces delicious on their own, but they are also versatile and can be used to create any fail-proof dish within your own household or to entertain the taste palates of the masses. Delicious!
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Te Horo Harvest
Te Horo Harvest transform their sustainably grown, certified organic fruit into handmade delicious artisan spreads, jams, pickles and chutneys, in their farm orchard kitchen.
They sell directly to visitors from the farm shop and kitchen at 446 Otaki Gorge Road, at the beginning of the "Totara Tunnel". They also sell in-season fresh produce, honey from their bees and on fine days serve coffee or tea in the gardens.
Totara Tunnel Olives
Organically produced, award-winning, extra virgin olive oil.
Based in the locally famous Totara Tunnel, Totara Tunnel Olives have 800 trees from which they harvest each year for local cold-pressing into their award-winning extra virgin olive oil range.
- Gold Award Winner at the New York International Olive Oil Competition 2022 for its Frantoio green label
- Reserve Best Boutique at the 2021 Olives NZ Awards
Order online through the website, purchase from selected local stores, or fill your own bottle at Penrays & Ekko in Ōtaki. See the full list of stockists.
Tuatara Brewery & Tap Room
7 Sheffield Street , Paraparaumu
Now with a plethora of regular gigs and events, The Brewery Tap Room is a non-pretentious, casual, and relaxed environment - fostering great hospitality and sociability. Everyone is welcome - from beer connoisseurs on strict tasting business, to work groups popping in for an after work pint or two, as well as enjoy a range of wine, cider and soft drinks.
A visit to the tap room is a great chance to rub shoulders with our award-winning brewers, who frequent the licensed area to carry out all the important "quality control". You can take a little Tuatara home with you too!
Unit 1 / 6 Manchester St, Paraparaumu
Waikanae Crab is now bringing their premium quality seafood products direct to you, from their specialized seafood store located in Paraparaumu.
All fish is sustainably caught on their own boat, and all seafood products are lovingly hand made with, fresh local ingredients.