About The Cheese Barn

Meet Kelvin & Cathy

 

The Cheese Barn, owned and operated by Kelvin and Cathy Haigh has been a local family business for over twenty years. Kelvin is the principle cheese-maker and Cathy manages the cheese side of the business. They have a small and dedicated team who assist them in making, packaging and labeling the cheese. The cafe is now managed by Pip and Brandon.

BioGro 4365

Happy Cows Make Better Cheese

 

We believe in keeping things as simple and natural as possible. Thus we are a certified organic factory through BioGro and don’t use any artificial additives, antibiotics, growth hormones or chemical sprays in our products. Our products are unhomogenised, gluten free, and have no GMO.

We get our milk from a Certified Organic local family farm that takes great pride in providing a product that is safe for their customers and the environment. The farm, which has been in the family since 1972, operates a grass-based system and the team make hay and silage each year. The cows are not fed grains which makes all our products suitable for people on the Paleo diet. Calving is in the springtime and each calf is assigned not only a number but a name as well. The bulls used at mating time, are kept on the farm year-round. And yes…the bulls have names too!

Award-Winning Cheese

 

We are members of the New Zealand Specialist Cheese Makers Association. We have won several awards in their annual Champions of Cheese Awards competition. 

2021

  • Gold Medal for Organic Brie from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Silver Medal for Organic Kefir Yoghurt from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Silver Medal for Organic Quark from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Silver Medal for Organic Cottage Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Kallarney Blue from the New Zealand Cheese Awards 2021
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Garlic & Chives Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2021

2020

  • Silver Medal for Organic Greek Yoghurt from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2020
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2020
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Garlic & Chives Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2020
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2020

2019

  • Gold Medal for Organic Garlic & Chives Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2019
  • Silver Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2019
  • Silver Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2019
  • Silver Medal for Organic Cottage Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2019

2018

  • Champion of Champions Award for Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2018
  • Gold Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2018
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2018

2017

  • Gold Medal for Organic Mozzarella from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2017
  • Silver Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2017
  • Silver Medal for Organic Camembert from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2017
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Garlic & Chive Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2017
View our Previous Year Awards

2016

  • Gold Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2016
  • Gold Medal for Matatoki Mountain Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2016
  • Gold Medal for Edam from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2016
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Cumin Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2016
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2016

2015

  • Gold Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2015
  • Silver Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2015
  • Silver Medal for Mountain Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2015

2014

  • Gold Medal for Organic Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2014
  • Bronze Medal for Organic Camembert from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2014
  • Bronze Medal for Kallarney Blue from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2014

​2013

  • Gold Medal for Old Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2013

2011

  • Gold Medal for Sheep Gouda Champion Export Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2011
  • Gold Medal for Sheep Gouda Dutch Style Cheese from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2011
  • Silver Medal for Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2011

2010

  • Gold Medal for Organic Cumin Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Gold Medal for Old Golden Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Gold Medal for Garlic & Chives Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Silver Medal for Pecorino from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Silver Medal for Camembert from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal for Golden Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal for Sheep Milk Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal for Ewes Milk Feta from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Silver Medal Roll of Honour for Innovative Packaging Champion Soft White Rind Cheese: Camembert from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Silver Medal Roll of Honour for NZSCA Champion Sheep Cheese: Pecorino from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Silver Medal Roll of Honour for NZSCA Champion Export Cheese: Pecorino from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Ewes Milk Feta from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Sheep Milk Camembert from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Golden Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Smoked Ewes Milk Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Smoked Mozzarella from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010
  • Bronze Medal Roll of Honour for Sheep Milk Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2010

2009

  • Gold Medal for Ewe Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2009
  • Silver Medal for Coromandel Blue from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2009

    2004

    • Gold Medal for Vintage Cumin Seed Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Silver Medal for O’l Port Jackson from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Bronze Medal for Halloumi with Mint from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Bronze Medal for Vintage Ewes Milk Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Bronze Medal for Smokey Joe from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Bronze Medal for Coromandel Blue Ewes Milk from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004
    • Bronze Medal for Aged Dutch Style Cheddar from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2004

    2003

    • Gold Medal for Golden Gouda Vintage from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2003
    • Bronze Medal for Feta with Rosemary from the New Zealand Cheese Show & Awards, 2003
    • Bronze Medal for Halloumi from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2003
    • Bronze Medal for Fresh Mozzarella logs from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2003

    ​2002

    • Bronze Medal for Maasdam from the New Zealand Cheese Awards, 2002

    2000

    • Gold Medal for Ewe’s Gouda from the New Zealand Cheese Show & Awards, 2000

    ​1999

    • Silver Medal for Quark from the New Zealand Cheese Show & Awards, 1999

    1998

    • Silver Medal for Feta with Rosemary from the New Zealand Cheese Show & Awards, 1998
    • Bronze Medal for Sheep Feta from the New Zealand Cheese Show & Awards 1998