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 July 2016)

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? Cupcake Sweeties, Lower Hutt; Bake Boss, Auckland; The Loft, Auckland; Eastern European Cooking Classes, New Plymouth

North Island


Al Dente
Create fresh pasta; pizza, focaccia and Italian style bread; biscotti and savoury dishes at Villa Romantica on Auckland's North Shore. Classes are led by Raffaela Delmonte.

Altura Coffee
Altura run a 2.5 hour Coffee Appreciation Course that includes coffee roasting, espresso techniques, milk texturing, and equipment care and maintenance, from $95. The course takes place at the roastery in Albany on Wednesdays from 5.30pm - 8pm.

Auckland Seafood School
Located above Auckland Fish Market, the Auckland Seafood School is all about seafood education. Classes include Mediterranean Seafood, Fins & Feathers, and Sunday Brunch. Classes from $80.

Bake Boss
Learn the basics of buttercream piping at an Introduction to Buttercream class, and use moulds to make cute cupcakes in a High Tea Cupcakes class. Free demonstrations and School Holiday Cupcake classes are also offered.

Espresso Coffee School
If you own a coffee machine and would like to make great coffee to accompany your home baking then check out In home espresso tuition. A two day Professional Barista Course is offered for aspiring baristas, from $475.

Kako Chocolate School
Weekend chocolate classes at Kako Chocolate School include An Introduction to Chocolate, Truffles, and Tempering Masterclass.

Little Cooks
Cooking classes for kids, school holiday classes and themed workshops are held from time to time. Themed parties are also an option.

Magical Cakes
At Magical Cakes you can attend a beginners cake decorating class, and learn to make sugar flowers.

Main Course
In 2.5 hours you can prepare dishes from India, Mexico or Thailand. Fine Dining at Home is the most popular class, and Saucy Sauces, and Bread making workshops are also offered. Complete Basic Skills classes are run for those who want to learn or relearn 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 at the Parnell store. Other classes include Wedding Cake Decorating, and Fearless Pastry.

Ristorante Andrea
Italian Do Your Own Dinner cooking classes, from $55.

Sabato run cooking classes, and cheese tasting classes, as well as 'Meet the Makers' events.

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

The Cook Book School & Kitchen
Cheesemaking, North African Flavours and Fresh Sri Lankan Cuisine are a few of the workshops offered at Cook the Books. Sign up for the newsletter if you'd like to be kept up to date with workshop information.

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 - 8pm, $20 student ID, $25 waged.

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 include Flower Making, Cupcake Piping, and Bride and Groom (or standing people - some experience working with fondant and gum recommended).


Katikati Community Resource Centre
Carolie de Koster from Carolie's Culinaire runs cooking classes at Katikati Community Resource Centre including Cheese Making, Fun with Filo, and Coffee and Cakes of the World. Sign up to the mailing list via the link above to get cooking class information delivered to your inbox.


Excelso Barista Training
Home barista training, basic and intermediate barista training are run by Excelso. You can shop online at the Coffee Shop for coffee beans, coffee machines, grinders and accessories.

Food Garden
Vegetarian cooking classes are on the menu at Food Garden in Greerton from time to time.

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 $90.

Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters
Tours include the Local Tasting Tour - visit a brewery, have lunch at Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant, and end with dessert and a cocktail, from $130 plus lunch.


The New Zealand Cheese School Limited
Gain a Certificate of New Zealand CheeseMaster or attend a DIY Cheesemaking Workshop. Those wanting to turn their cheese making talent into a business can attend 'Setting Up A Cheese Business'. Over the Moon Deli shares the Cheese School's site at 33 Tirau Street, Putaruru.

New Plymouth

Cook Learn Love
Cooking classes at Cook Learn Love can include 'Chocolat! Cooking with Chocolate', 'Introduction to French Bistro', and 'Macarons'. Private tuition is an option for adults and children.

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.

Havelock North

BBQ Gourmet
To add more sizzle to your steak enrol in a BBQ Gourmet course.


The Silky Oak Chocolate Company
See the range of Chocolate Tours and Experiences.


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


Rangiuru Farm
Simon and Marianna Domper are award winning cheesemakers and have featured on TV shows like Taste New Zealand and Country Calendar. They run cheese making weekends that include accommodation and meals ($400pp), (excluding accommodation and meals - $250pp). Cheese & wine matching evenings ($20pp) can be arranged on request.

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', 'Real French' and 'Pies, sweet and savoury' are some of the classes offered.


Asiana Cooking School
Flavours of Asia - Indonesian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Malaysian are a few of the classes offered. Classes are run most nights of the week for two hours, from $45pp. Lunch time classes may be available, enquire online.

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

Cupcake Sweeties (Lower Hutt)
Cupcake Sweeties offer Beginners Cupcake Decorating Classes, Licence to Ice - Cake Decorating Series that includes decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies, and a Cake Club that meets once a month on a Tuesday evening.

Curious Cook
'Hands-On Halloumi & Ricotta' and 'Hands-On Farmhouse Cheddar' are a few of the cheesemaking workshops offered in Wellington and Palmerston North.

Crave Cooking School
A variety of classes have been held at Crave Cooking School including The Perfect Brunch, Cooking with Chocolate, and Vegetarian. All classes are hands on, day and evening class options.

La Bella Italia
La Bella Italia hosts hands on cooking classes for adults and children. Antonio Cacace of La Bella Italia has been organizing 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. 'Kids in the Kitchen' classes are run for those aged 9 - 14 years.

Sheila's Indian Kitchen and Facebook - Indian Cooking Classes
Authentic Indian Cooking Classes - Vegetarian Cooking from North India. Different dishes every week, eg. naan, shahi paneer, roti, dhal, samosa, bhajias dosa, mutter paneer, gulab jamun. Cost $39pp, includes ingredients, recipes and dinner banquet after class, limit 5. Classes are held Tuesday mornings and weekend evenings at Brooklyn Community Centre, 18 Harrison Street. Contact Anu on 021 026 97038 or book by text or e-mail , advance bookings required. Come along for lots of fun and socialising.

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


A Culinary Experience B&B
Book a two night Indulgent Holiday and choose the menu that you would like to cook with Kay Pastorius, author of Cruising Cuisine.


Mapua Country Trading
Mapua Country Trading is a website to visit if you want to work towards being self sufficient by making your own cheese, starting a worm farm, growing mushrooms, planting seeds etc. Cheese making kits are sold, and cheese making and other food related workshops are run from time to time - see the Notice Board for more information. (Note: The land based store closed in February 2014)


My Home Chef
Rita Yosef's (My Home Chef) classes include Moroccan, Italian and Healthy Cooking for Life.

She (Spiritual Human Evolution) Universe
She Universe run Beginners, and Advanced Chocolate Classes as well as Kids Chocolate Birthday Parties.


Ground Culinary Centre
A theme or region of cuisine is chosen for the Global Dinner Classes that take place once a month.


The Cookhouse
Allow a day for a cooking class at The Cookhouse, you begin by visiting local growers and vineyards to buy food and wine to fit the chef's menu. If you like to cook with venison see the online cooking demonstration.

Charteris Bay (Banks Peninsula)

Preserved Cook School
Learn to cure meat, make salami, sausages and pasta at Preserved Cook School. Workshops 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.


Akaroa Cooking School
The Akaroa Cooking School is located opposite the main wharf in Akaroa so it's no surprise they run a Fresh from the Wharf class. The Gourmet in a Day class starts at 10am with hot drinks and fresh treats from the kitchen, then you are shown how to create and prepare a dinner party menu. Other classes - Canape Inspirations, A Day in Italy and Asian Inspirations.


Judith Cullen Cooks & Travels
A secret box of ingredients is turned into a three course meal at a Judith At Home class. The Demonstration and Cook Off involves groups cooking 3-4 recipes that Judith has demonstrated. Judith also offers Dunedin Day Tours and International Tours.


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 short term 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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