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;
Makana Confections, 504 Kerikeri Road (see South Island section for the Blenheim branch)
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.
Bennetts of Mangawhai, 52 Moir Street
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.
Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, 12 O'Connell Street, city
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
Visit the Beach Haven Factory Shop & Cafe or the Takapuna Dessert Cafe & Cakery.
Chocolate Boutique & Dessert Cafe, 323 Parnell Road, Parnell
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
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.
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
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 Chocolate Lounge
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.
Colestown Chocolates, 405 Remuera Road, Remuera
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, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, Mount Wellington
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.
Send a chocolate bouquet - Edible Blooms.
Waikato Valley Chocolates, 5 Borman Road, Hamilton
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.
Giles Chocolatier is at 169 St Aubyn Street in New Plymouth, or you can buy online.
The Silky Oak Chocolate Company, 1131 Links Road
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.
de Spa Chocolatier, Old Bank Arcade, corner Lambton Quay & Customhouse Quay
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.
Another chocolate shop in the Wellington area is The Chocolate Story in Petone.
Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva Street
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.
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.
The NZ Chocolate Festival is held in Wellington.
"Would you like to make your own chocolates? Visit www.homestylechocolates.co.nz - they supply chocolate moulds and chocolate making equipment.
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
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.
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.
Take your nana or mum on a trip down memory lane with Queen Anne Chocolates, made in Christchurch and distributed around the country.
Coco, 10 Talbot Street
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.
Whittaker'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.
Patagonia Chocolates, 50 Beach Street, Queenstown (Open 10am - 10pm)
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 Chocolates, 31 Ramshaw Lane, Arrowtown
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.
Cadbury Chocolate Cafe, Cadbury World, 280 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
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.
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.
You can buy whiskey liquer chocolates at Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore.
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in your own kitchen with Annabel Langbein's Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe.
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Good one. If you wanted to send me a couple of photos I can add just drop me an email.
The Chocolate Story has reopened in Petone. At the same address. Now with more vegan options than ever!
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.
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!
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
? Please advise where to find LARGE dark chocolate fish ??