3 pit stops cheese lovers should make in Wellington, New Zealand

Feb 15, 2018

Here are three artisan cheesemakers on the North Island cheese trail worth dropping into.

Cwmglyn Farm

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If you’re both a model train fan and a cheese enthusiast, a visit to Cwmglyn Farm will be quite a treat. It’s the site of the Middleton Model Railway and a model railway shop. Cheesemaker Biddy Fraser-Davies makes traditional English-style farmhouse natural washed rind raw milk cheese with milk from her four cows: Dizzy, Lily, Patsy and Isobel.

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Over The Moon Dairy

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Visit Over The Moon Dairy’s boutique factory for tastings of New Zealand’s biggest range of handcrafted speciality cheese – 26 across four categories of fresh, soft, blue and semi-hard – from local cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk. Many of the cheeses are created by master cheesemaker Neil Willman. To watch the cheesemakers at work, it’s best to visit between 10am and noon, Mondays to Thursdays.

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Grinning Gecko Cheese Co

Owners James and Catherine McNamara are both born and bred in Whangarei, Northland, where they have stayed on to make Grinning Gecko Cheese Co cheese from single-herd organic cow’s milk and sustainable goat’s milk. They currently make 13 cheeses – the washed rind Kau Piro won a gold medal at the 2016 New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

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Singapore Airlines flies four times a week from Singapore to Wellington via Canberra. KrisFlyer members can earn 5,297 miles with a Singapore-Wellington flight, on eligible fares. From May 3, 2018, the Airline will operate a new service four times a week from Singapore to Wellington via Melbourne.

– BY ANNE LOH

PHOTOS: TOURISM NEW ZEALAND (CWMGLYN FARM), OVER THE MOON DAIRY FACEBOOK