Hawke's Bay > The Cheesery

Hohepa Hawke's Bay is very proud of its cheesery. Having won several awards for the cheeses produced, the cheesery has a strong reputation in Hawke's Bay and beyond. Credit must go to the master cheese maker, Inacio, whose cheerful smile and commitment brought from Brazil, is an everyday part of the production!

From the previous 'room tucked to the back of the milking shed', the new cheesery still incorporates many time-honoured processes. For instance Inacio's mozzarella cheese is made almost completely by hand. In Inacio's words 'although the facilities may have changed the cheese remains the same'.

The modern cheesery is among the smallest factories in New Zealand and, as an organic cheese producer, unique. The cheesery carries Demeter Certification, being entirely produced from organic milk. Most of the milk is from the Hohepa Farm (Bio-dynamic farming), although a small amount of organic milk is some-times sourced from other organic farms - but this is clearly kept separate and used only to produce specific brand cheeses. Clear labelling distinguishes these cheeses.

The cheeses supply the Homes in the Hohepa Community and public sales through the on-site shop. Other outlets are steadily growing throughout Hawke's Bay, including the Hastings and Tamatea Pak n Save (Proud partners and sponsors of Hohepa HB), Hastings Farmers Market (Sundays) and the Napier Saturday market, and in Auckland - New World, Victoria Park; Faro fresh, Nth Shore; IE Produce, Nth Shore -  and in Wellington (Common Sense Organics).

Cheese Awards


Every year Hohepa Cheeses are entered in the annual Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards with awards regularly.

Public Sales

Cheese can be purchased (and tasted!) at the on-site shop. Shop staff can also be found at the Farmers Market, Hastings every Sunday, for another tasting opportunity. We also appreciate the support from the following

(Hawkes Bay)
Retail Outlets
Art Deco Masonic Limited
Chantal Foods, Napier
Black Barn Bistro
Commonsense Organics (Kapiti)
Church Road Winery
Commonsense Organics (Lower Hutt)
Clearview Winery & Restaurant
Commonsense Organics (Wellington)
Craggy Range Vineyards
Cornucopia, Hastings
Diva Bistro & Bar
East West Organics Ltd (Waitakere, Auck)
Hawthorne Coffee
Farro Fresh - North Shore, Auckland
McCauleys Store
Farro Fresh - Grey Lynn, Auckland
Mission Restaurant
Huckleberry Farms - Royal Oak, Auck.
Mister D
IE Produce Ltd, Nth Shore, Auckland
Pipi Cafe
Naturally Organic Ltd, Albany, Auckland
Salvare Estate
New World - Hastings
Taste Cornucopia Ltd
New World - Victoria Park, Auckland
Te Pania Restaurant & Bar
PaknSave - Hastings
The Crown Hotel
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Farmgate Wines

We are proud to be associated with the newly released (2008) “Farmgate Label”, of Ngatarawa Wines. Our cheese was selected, along with 7 other small specialty food productions, for a ‘good food, good wine’ association. Wines from this label can be ordered via the Farmgate Wines website. The 8 varieties make an interesting collection, with feature photos and description of the boutique producer on the bottle.