Toast of the Coast
Kāpiti's artisan producers are being recognised around New Zealand and the world. Here are a few of the local producers who have been recognized for their outstanding, often world-class, products.
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.
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.
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. See the full list of stockists.
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.
Lemon Fellows Liqueurs
Lemon Fellows is a boutique family business based in Paekākāriki. They combine traditional Italian limoncello recipes with the best of fresh New Zealand produce (plus a touch of cheekiness) to craft the finest citrus liqueurs available - and their liqueurs are certainly turning heads!
4 x Silver Medals & 3 x Bronze medals at the 2021 New Zealand Spirits Awards
Buy online from their website.
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.
Awarded 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 Otaki. See the full list of stockists.