Love sharing some banter over food and wine? Have a taste for all things cheese? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! Cheeseboards may originally be a British creation, but New Zealand sure knows how to deliver some of the tastiest cheeses out there.
Our curated list showcases some of Auckland’s finest cheeseboard destinations that will be sure to satisfy your cheesiest cravings. Enjoy!
The Garden Shed
To start off the list, we’re introducing a very quaint and atmospheric Mt Eden restaurant, The Garden Shed. The Garden Shed offers a quiet and tranquil sanctuary to enjoy delicious food amid the ever-bustling village in Auckland. With several platter options, you can enjoy a wide range of cheese including local cheeses such as the Vintage Waikato Little River Blue and Grinning Gecko Brie. Served with other condiments, including grapes, crackers, bread and steamed vegetables, The Garden Shed truly delivers some of the best platters in Auckland. If you’re looking for a place to not only enjoy a mouthwatering cheese platter, but to also do so in a beautifully-decorated area, then this is the place for you! Adorned with a lush indoor waterfall, a wall of plants, and a glistening string of lights hanging from the ceiling, the back area of this restaurant showcases an apt garden-themed atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a selection of delicious cheeses, and perhaps the odd wine or five, Apero is the perfect place for you. The team at Apero are diligent and considerate, having comprised a platter of their favourite cheeses for you to try. The wine list is hefty and plentiful, complimenting the cheeseboard beautifully. The atmosphere is undeniably warm and cozy, with their wooden floors and exposed brick walls with slightly dimmed lighting to set the mood. Between the cheese, wine, and atmosphere, Apero is sure to make you want to come back as a regular.
La Fuente Wine & Mezcal Shoppe and Bar
La Fuente is a magical spot if you’re looking for a rustic place to enjoy a cheeky wine and a tasty cheeseboard with friends. Cosy and intimate, this Mexican-inspired bar offers a uniquely personal experience as you sip on wine and give your tastebuds a treat with the delectable Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Made up of specially selected cheeses, a wide range of meat, bread, pickles, and homemade jelly, La Fuente should be the next stop on your list when it comes to cheese and wine night.
Tucked away in North Wharf, this Italian restaurant offers the fan-favourite Formaggio cheeseboard, comprised of three different Italian-inspired cheeses, nuts, dips, and fruit. Switching it up daily, the variety of cheeses are simply the best of the day, paired perfectly with the accompanying condiments. Family-friendly, Baduzzi’s atmosphere is warm and comfortable, yet romantic, with leather brown booths, potted plants, and friendly staff. You will not want to miss out on their authentic cheeseboard, topped off with an atmosphere that will leave you wanting to book in your next visit before you've even left.
Cable Bay Vineyard
Feel like venturing out of mainland Auckland for a weekend getaway? While this list relies heavily on central Auckland for the best cheeseboards, one can simply not talk about cheeseboards without at least one special mention of Waiheke Island. Known for its scenic vineyards, Waiheke showcases some of New Zealand’s best wine and cheese. And this is where Cable Bay Vineyard gets an honourable mention on this list. Within Cable Bay, there are three dining experiences available, including The Verandah, The Bistro, and private dining. The Bistro includes a selection of 6 cheeses, with an option to choose your own, while the Verandah offers a selection of French and New Zealand cheeses, served with walnuts, grapes, and crackers. The private dining area includes the Wine Library and the Motukaha Room, both with a atmospheric setting where you can enjoy a private meal with your closest friends and family. Topped off with breathtaking sea views, Cable Bay Vineyard is a sure-fire way to have a beautiful day out with friends while enjoying some of New Zealand’s tastiest cheese platters.