Our cheesery in the Bay of Islands has been operating as a family business since 1986. Neither of us had ever dreamed of establishing a cheese factory, but in the early 1980’s, when Anna started experimenting with cheesemaking in her home kitchen the seed was sown.
Today, the milk for all our cheeses and yoghurts comes from our own herd. Tim, one of our four sons, takes care of our colourful, mixed-breed herd of about 60 cows. Our cows graze on the farmland surrounding the cheesery, therefore our milk does not have to be transported – after each milking it goes directly into the cheese vats.
We are a family business constantly working on improving our cheese-making and maturing techniques to achieve the finest quality artisan cheeses. We love selling our products directly to our local customers. If you are passing by, you are welcome to drop into our farm shop to try our mouthwatering, moreish Mahoe cheeses.