This is the official website of the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association.
It's a place for cheese companies and cheese lovers alike. Explore the pages and improve
your knowledge of NZ cheese and NZ Cheesemakers.

2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

Put it in your diary now, the 2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards will be held on the 1st of March at The Langham, Auckland.

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The event all cheese lovers salivate over will return on the 2nd of March 2016 at The Langham, Auckland. Click here to learn more about CheeseFest.

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Cheese FAQs

FAQ Cheese

Why does the colour of cheese vary? Is cheese safe to eat during pregnancy? Expand your knowledge of all things cheese right here.


Latest Cheese Matters Newsletter

Cheese Matters has all the latest industry news, views and updates as well as profiles of New Zealand's top cheese makers and companies. Click below to read the latest issue.







NZ Cheese Trail Map

The NZ Cheesemakers Association invites you to celebrate the excellence of local cheesemaking. Click below to find out more:





Important note for Cheesemakers

If you're exporting, please take time to read through this MPI guide explaining the transition of export certification of dairy product and material from MP E-cert to AP E-cert.  



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Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJuly 3, 2015 at 4:38 am

Did some say fried-cheese-Friday? Now there's a great new end of week tradition...

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Fried Mac n' Cauliflower Cheese


Cheese fiend, that is how I would probably describe myself. What’s not to like?! From soft, creamy camembert to salty goats cheese and full flavoured cheddars; cheese is super versatile and can...

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJune 30, 2015 at 2:20 am

Cheese + pies = perfection. Agree? We recently stumbled upon Lake Farm Beef artisan pies and feel in love instantly. AND they're fans of NZ specialty cheese. Italian Beef & Gorgonzola or Mince & Meyer Cheese Aged Gouda anyone?

What's the best cheese / pie combo you've eaten?

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Cheese Lovers NZ
June 23, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Cheese Lovers NZ shared MiNDFOOD's photo.

Spot on MiNDFOOD! Lunchtime, breakfast, dinner time...anytime is cheese time!

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Humpday has us feeling like this. Is it ever too early for cheese? It's always lunchtime somewhere... right?

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJune 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm

It's feeling a lot like a warm & gooey cheese toastie day...who is with us and what's the best cheese for toasties? #hungry

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Facebook IconJune 3, 2015 at 3:15 am

Cheese for breakfast? Yes please! Check out this drool-inducing strata - a perfect use for those dinner and cheeseboard leftovers (I know, I know)....cheeseboard leftovers - yeah right!

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Beecher's Breakfast Strata | culture: the word on cheese


This breakfast strata by Kurt Dammeier of Beecher's Handmade Cheese has everything a strata should: a crusty brown top, a creamy center, and savory, full flavors

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconMay 15, 2015 at 2:00 am

Already thinking about your pre-dinner snack? If you're in Auckland go visit our friends at The Cheese Room, Milford and salivate over rows of award-winning cheeses in their 'cheese vault'. May we also recommend grabbing a cheese toastie on the way out - you won't be disappointed #dinnersorted #happyfriday

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April 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

With Winter just one month away red wine starts making a welcome appearance....but what cheese to pair it with?! Quality Cheddars are a good place to start. What's your favourite red wine & cheese pairing?