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81 Port Road
Whangarei 0110


Phone: 09 459 6060

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Available New Zealand Wide

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Grinning Gecko Cheese Co

A small artisan producer, Grinning Gecko Cheese Co sources certified organic milk from a local farm that harvests top quality milk from a herd of Ayrshire cows.  The cheese is made the very same day the milk is produced and by sourcing milk from just one herd Grinning Gecko Cheese Co has total control over quality from start to finish.

The fresh organic milk is batch pasteurised, the gentlest method, which pays dividends in the quality of the cheese. Non-animal rennet is used and all of the cheeses are handmade and aged on site.

Grinning Gecko cheeses are a true labour of love for owners James and Catherine McNamara who gave up their day jobs to embark on a venture that would allow them to combine their love of nature with their passion for cheese.

Today, their products have won multiple awards and the dream continues on a daily basis.

The Grinning Gecko Cheese Range

  • Brie
    Winner of ‘champion soft white rind cheese’ at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2015.
  • Camembert
    Award winning camembert made using traditional methods. When ripe, it has a distinct earthy aroma and smooth creamy paste.
  • Farmhouse Caraway Seed
    Brings the taste of Europe to New Zealand. It is a mild, creamy semi-soft cheese.
  • Farmhouse Cumin & Garlic
    A mild and delightfully flavoured semi-soft cheese.
  • Farmhouse Hot Chilli
    At first, you’ll experience the wonderfully creamy texture of the cheese itself, and a hint of chilli. The full chilli hit comes later!
  • Feta
    Flavoursome and creamy, matured in a light brine.
  • Halloumi
    Another award winner this is fresh cheese that you cook.  Halloumi is from the same family as mozzarella but holds its shape when cooked. Less salty and more flavoursome than most other brands and when cooked, has a soft creamy centre encased in a golden crust.
  • Hātea (Whero) and (Mā)
    A semi-hard cheese with a crumbly texture, a hint of butterscotch and a distinctive bitter citrus tang. Based on the popular English cheese, Red Leicester. Aged for a minimum of five months. Available in two types: Whero (white) and Mā (red).
  • Parihaka
    A semi-hard Italian-style cheese made from whole milk which gives it a creamy mouth feel. Aromatic in flavour with subtle fruity notes and a long finish.
  • Quark
    A fresh cheese from Germany that is a cross between yoghurt and fromage frais. Quark is the German word for ‘curd’. Use in cooking, baking and dips and serve with fruit or as an alternative to thick Greek yoghurt or sour cream. Thick and velvety smooth.
  • Ricotta
    Award winning ricotta made from whey and thus packed with protein but low in fat. Great for both savoury and sweet dishes.
  • Woolleys Bay Havarti
    Mild and creamy, a popular choice for those who prefer a more delicate flavour over an assertive one.


By stocking Grinning Gecko cheeses, you are supporting the company’s values concerning the environment. Because they use only certified organic milk, the impact on the environment is less. Tell the story to your customers and they will be eager to taste and experience the cheeses for themselves.


Serve beautiful artisan cheeses made from certified organic milk produced by local herds. Grinning Gecko are small artisan producers and deserve to be showcased on your menu.

To place your first order, contact Grinning Gecko Cheese Co today.

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