Cooking Classes/Food Tours

Are you keen to cook your way around the country or taste your way through town? If so, check out the following list of cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and food tours in New Zealand. If you know of a great culinary experience we can add contact us. (Updated May 2018)

If food and drink related festivals are your cup of tea see Food, Wine and Beer Festivals, a full festival list is here.

What's New? Asian Garden Cooking School, Christchurch; Coriander Lime Kitchen, Taupo

North Island


Altura Coffee
Altura Coffee run a 2.5 hour Coffee Appreciation Course that includes coffee roasting, espresso techniques, milk texturing, and equipment care and maintenance, from $95. Beginners and advanced barista training courses are also offered.

Auckland Seafood School
Located above Auckland Fish Market, the Auckland Seafood School run classes including Hawker Style Street Food, Fast & Fresh - Spanish Tapas, and Sunday Brunch. Classes from $80.

Espresso Coffee School
Espresso Coffee School have short 3 hour barista courses for those wanting to make good coffee at home, as well as longer courses for those who want to become professional baristas.

Magical Cakes
At Magical Cakes you can attend a Beginners Cake Decorating Class, learn how to make sugar flowers, and do a Forest Friends for Beginners Class to make forest animals out of fondant.

Main Course
The most popular cooking class at Main Course is Fine Dining at Home, other classes include Middle Eastern Table, Namaste India, and Chocolate Works. Complete Basic Skills classes are run for those who want to learn the basics of good home cooking. KidzKitchen classes are offered during school holidays.

Milly's Kitchen
If you're interested in cake decorating, Milly's Kitchen run Wilton Cake Decorating courses and other specialty classes like Wedding Cake Decorating, and Fearless Pastry.

Ristorante Andrea
Learn how to make four types of pasta at a Italian Do Your Own Dinner cooking class, from $50.

Visit the Events page to see information about Sabato's cooking classes, and cheese and wine classes held in their Mt Eden store.

Sachie's Kitchen
Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian cooking classes are held at Sachie's Kitchen in Parnell. Classes are hands on and run for approximately 2.5 hours.

The Cook Book School & Kitchen
Meat Free Monday, North African Flavours and Fresh Sri Lankan Cuisine are a few of the Culinary Workshops offered at Cook the Books.

The Loft Yoga Lounge
If you'd like to learn more about vegan and vegetarian style dishes, The Loft run cooking classes once a month on a Saturday from 6pm, $35. Bookings essential.

The New Zealand School of Food & Wine
Located in Auckland's Viaduct, The New Zealand School of Food & Wine offers NZQA approved cookery and hospitality qualifications. Part time classes include Barista and Bartending and Cocktails.


Strawberry Sky Custom Cake Designs
Classes at Strawberry Sky cater for a minimum of four people and a maximum of seven, and include Celebration Cupcakes, and Castle Cake.


Katikati Community Resource Centre
See if there are any cooking or food related classes on the schedule at Katikati Community Resource Centre.


Somerset Cottage Restaurant and Cook School
Cooking classes are held at the Somerset Cottage Restaurant kitchen in the morning. There are four series a year and the emphasis is on inspiring people to want to go home and cook, rather than cooking dishes that professional chefs present in restaurants. Classes from $95.

Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters
Tours include a Local Tasting Tour, and Winery Tours.


The New Zealand Cheese School
Gain a Certificate of New Zealand CheeseMaster or attend a variety of cheese related courses and workshops. Over the Moon Deli shares the Cheese School's site at 33 Tirau Street, Putaruru.


Coriander Lime Kitchen
Coriander Lime Kitchen offers cooking classes for adults and children with a focus on the flavours of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, Thai and Japanese. The classes are mostly demonstration and run for 2.5 - 3 hours twice a week (once during the day, once in the evening). There are extra classes ($35) for Little Cooks in the school holidays. Adult classes $55 (includes tasting and recipes).

New Plymouth

Cook Learn Love
Cooking classes at Cook Learn Love can include 'Easy Sourdough Bread', 'Introduction to French Bistro', and 'Macarons'. There are also after-school classes for Junior Chefs.

Eastern European Cooking Classes
Learn about Eastern European food and customs when you do a cooking class at Lozhka. Examples of food you may prepare include cold Russian soups, Ukranian style dumplings, and Belorussian potato and beer dishes.


The Silky Oak Chocolate Company
Visit the website to see the range of Chocolate Tours and Experiences offered at Silky Oak.


Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School
Cheesemaking, and pasta making workshops are on the calendar at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School. There are also cooking classes for children during the school holidays.

Palmerston North

Indian Vegetarian Cooking Classes
Watch two Indian vegetarian dishes being prepared in Uma's home kitchen and then taste the results. Demonstrations are two hours long and cost from $40pp.


Careme is based at the Palliser Estate Winery in Martinborough. 'Bread and Yeast', 'Easy French' and 'Pies, Sweet and Savoury' are some of the cooking classes offered.


Asiana Cooking School
Flavours of Asia - Indonesian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Malaysian are the focus at the Asiana Cooking School. (No current classes on offer - May 2018)

Bohemein Chocolates
Bohemein Chocolates on Featherston Street run hands-on chocolate classes for individuals, small and large groups.

Cupcake Sweeties (Lower Hutt)
Cupcake Sweeties in Lower Hutt offer Beginners Cupcake Decorating Classes, and Licence to Ice - a 6 week Cake Decorating Series.

Curious Cook
'Hands-On Halloumi & Ricotta', 'Hands-On Farmhouse Cheddar' and 'Hands-On Vegan Cheese' are a few of the cheesemaking workshops offered in Wellington and Palmerston North. See the 2018 Workshop Calendar.

Crave Cooking School
'The Sourdough, Jam Doughnuts and Bread Rolls' hands-on class sells out fast at Crave Cooking School in Lyall Bay. Other classes include Nose to Tail: Offal Masterclass, Pasta Masterclass and Knife Skills. Private Battle Kitchen Cooking Classes are offered for those looking for a team building activity.

La Bella Italia
La Bella Italia in Lower Hutt hosts hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. Antonio Cacace of La Bella Italia has been organizing Antonio's Food & Culture Tours to Italy for the past few years.

Mojo Coffee Shed 13
Mojo Coffee offers coffee training programs including City & Guilds International Award in Barista Skills. Introduction to Espresso and Latte Art classes are also offered.

Ruth Pretty Cooking School, Te Horo (70km north of Wellington)
Most weekends from February - December cooking demonstrations take place at Ruth Pretty Cooking School, 'How To High Tea' is a very popular event.

Sheila's Indian Kitchen
Facebook - Indian Cooking Classes
Indian Cooking Classes in Brooklyn, Wellington. The classes are available weekends at 6pm. Custom made classes are also available on Tuesday mornings and Friday evenings. It is a 2 hour hands-on session followed by a dinner in a banquet setting. The total cost is $60 per person and includes everything. The dishes you will learn - roasted eggplant curry, dal, roti, saag paneer, naan, shahi paneer, spicy potato paratha, dosa, masala chai, samosa etc. Gluten free and other dietary requirements available. For bookings please e-mail or 021 026 97038

Zest Food Tours
Capital Tastes, Taste Wellington and Walking Gourmet are offered by Zest in Wellington. They can also take you to Martinborough for the Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour.

South Island


Marlborough Tour Company
Marlborough Tour Company run seafood tours including the Greenshell Mussel Cruise departing Havelock and Seafood Odyssea Cruise departing Picton.


Asian Garden Cooking School
Many of the fresh garden ingredients used in Asian Garden's cooking classes are grown onsite. Classes run during the day and evening and include Thai Wok, Express Dumpling and Little Saigon. At the end of each class participants can sit down and enjoy their own cooked meals with a glass of wine or beer.

My Home Chef
Rita Yosef (My Home Chef) offers group and private one-on-one cooking lessons for children, adults and young adults with special needs.

She (Spiritual Human Evolution) Universe
The Chocolate School at She Universe in Governors Bay runs a Chocolate Appreciation Class, an Advanced Chocolate Class, and chocolate classes for children and teens.

Papanui High School
Papanui High School run a variety of food and cooking related classes as part of their Adult and Community Education programme.

Risingholme Community Centre
A Taste of Egyptian Cooking, Fermented Foods, and Contemporary Cake Decorating are a few of the cooking classes run by Risingholme Community Centre throughout the year.

Charteris Bay (Banks Peninsula)

Preserved Cook School
Workshops at Preserved Cook School include the popular Pig in a Day class where you use free range pig to make sausages, brine cured hams, and wet and dry cured bacon. In the Fresh Cheese workshop you'll make butter, ricotta, feta, halloumi and cream cheese.


The Akaroa Cooking School
The Akaroa Cooking School is opposite the main wharf in Akaroa so it's no surprise they run Fresh from the Wharf classes. Other cooking classes offered include - Canape & Cocktails, A Day in Italy, and Asian Inspirations.


Farmers' Markets - There are more than 50 Farmers' Markets around New Zealand. When you visit a Farmers' Market you can sample and purchase produce and specialty food unique to the local area. By buying locally from the markets you are also helping to sustain the livelihoods of local growers and producers. At some of the markets musicians provide entertainment, making many of them a popular social event. Farmers Markets are usually held at weekends, visit the website for locations.

Community Education Classes
High Schools/Colleges in New Zealand towns and cities may run evening cooking classes and/or weekend cooking classes. Selwyn College in Auckland always has a good line up of adult education classes that usually include cooking classes.

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