Probably the closest thing New Zealand has to “traditional breads” are the bap, a soft, round white roll used for sandwiches, and hot cross buns, a popular Easter treat. Beyond this, Aucklanders’ taste in bread tends toward European varieties like Italian ciabatta, French baguettes, Turkish pide and many other breads made with plain white flour. Whole grain breads are also popular, some featuring nuts and seeds.
In New Zealand, bakeries usually have a variety of pies on hand, as meat pies are among New Zealander’s favourite comfort foods. Pies come in both sweet and savoury varieties, one of the most popular in New Zealand is “Steak & Cheese”, another favourite is “Bacon & Egg”. New Zealanders will wrap anything in pastry and call it a pie. Other treats include muffins, scones and pastries.
Every neighbourhood in Auckland has several bakeries from which to choose, usually located on the suburb’s main street in the commercial centre. Gourmet supermarkets and specialty stores also carry a wide variety of artisan breads. Most supermarkets, such as Countdown, New World, Foodtown, have on site bakeries producing fresh bread. Finding fresh bread is never a problem in Auckland.
Bakeries open as early as six in the morning and close in the late afternoon, between 4pm and 5pm. The national bakery chain Baker’s Delight — http://www.bakersdelight.co.nz – stays open until 6pm in some locations.
Some notable Auckland bakeries include:
Pandoro – http://www.pandoro.co.nz
Hours: Mon – Sun all stores open at 7am, except Queen street which opens at 8am on Sat and is closed Sun. Closing times vary, check the website to see what time your local store shuts.
Five stores in Auckland in Mt Eden, Queenstreet, Eastridge, Parnell and Mt Wellington.
Produce high quality Italian breads, cakes, biscuits, plus the ever present Kiwi Pie. Also make great coffee.
Rocket Kitchen – http://www.rocketkitchen.co.nz/
234A Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 6:30pm, Sat 8am – 4:30pm, Sun 9am – 4pm
An Auckland classic – they supply desserts to top restaurants all over the city, by mail order to customers and also to other bakeries. Most work anniversary cakes seem to come from Rocket Kitchen.
Devonport Stone Oven Bakery and Café – http://www.eatout.co.nz/Auckland/North-Shore/Restaurants/Devonport-Stone-Oven-Bakery-and-Cafe.html
5 Clarence Street, Devonport
Open 7 days 6.30am- 5pm
Popular North Shore bakery and licensed cafe, famous for their organic sourdough bread.
il Forno – http://www.ilforno.co.nz/
55 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby
Italian bakery and cafe with a nice relaxed vibe.
Paneton Bakery – http://www.panetonbakery.co.nz/
21 Halsey Street, Victoria Park, Auckland
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm. Sat 7am to 4pm.
French bakery and shop.