Hop to it: Where to get your Easter treats

Easter means a long weekend – YAY! Hopefully you’ve got plans with extended family or friends – or both – and that it includes time in Rotorua.

If you need to grab a special treat to bring to Mum’s Easter dinner, or want to level up your Easter décor game, there are a number of cafés, bakeries and a couple gorgeous shops pulling out all the stops to bring you an amazing array of sweets and treats.

Go ahead, put all your (chocolate) eggs in one basket here

Dangerous Chocolate

If you haven’t been to this little shop in the suburb of Springfield, you’re seriously missing out. The fact that chocolatier Sabine’s customers from Auckland, where her shop first opened, travel down here to get their fix says a lot about the quality and divine flavours she creates.
Using only fresh ingredients and Callebaut Couverture from Belgium, Sabine hand makes her choccy truffles in small batches, so it pays to get in early. She also hand paints specialty items like rabbits, eggs, chooks and a few giant (read: fillable!) Easter bunnies. Custom orders can be placed, as well.
Because Sabine uses no artificial flavours or preservatives, she suggests her eggs-cellent treats be consumed within four weeks of purchase. Is that even a problem??

Leave the baking to the professionals


While you’re in the neighbourhood, why not hop over to Guidough’s just down the street a bit and around the corner to stock up on freshly baked-from-scratch hot cross buns. Swiss baker Guido and his team create artisan goods the way they’ve been made in his family for generations. Sourdough breads, donuts, cinnamon rolls, pastries, and pies are all made each day in small batches.
It wasn’t long after Guido opened his first bakery, that demand required a second and bigger bakehouse which you’ll find on Ranolf Street. Same eggs-cellent goods, same friendly service. 

Easter dining and shopping

Capers Café + Store

Not keen to do up a roast this year? Not a problem! Just head to Capers Café + Store for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner (or all four!). This award-winning eatery makes it easy for you and is open right daily from 7am till 7pm (check their socials for any special Easter hours or days). Breakfast, brunch and lunch are available until 2pm.
Their sweet cabinets include Easter treats that are perfect to enjoy with your favourite cup of Organico Coffee or a cuppa tea from New Zealand Tea House, Noble & Sunday, or Libertine Blends. The team at Capers also offer happy hour daily from 4 to 6pm on beer, wine and Duo Distilleries’ artisan gin made in Rotorua.
While you’re there, check out the Store, especially if you need a gift or two for the kiddos’ Easter baskets, or for Mum and Dad. 

Treats for your nest or special somebunny special

Besides Christmas, Easter is a wonderful holiday for decking out the house in themed adornments and embellishments. So, if you’ve suddenly realised your nest is looking a bit soulless, here are two shops that’ll ruffle your feathers in a good way.  

Curiosity Blooms

We’ve sung their praises before, but they’re worth another verse. Curiosity Blooms (above and at top) in homey little Ngongotahā village is everything you want in a shop: gorgeous, tasteful interior design and décor items from cushions to wall art; holiday-themed tchotchkes; beautiful jewellery and accessories; and more. Plus, they should be your first stop for lush houseplants that are healthy and so reasonably priced.
To top that off, every holiday brings a huge and delightful selection of themed décor, with Easter being no eggs-ception. Cute bunnies, fluffy bunnies, statuesque bunnies and so much more. Whether you need gifts or a dining table centrepiece, this is your shop.

If you need to refuel after your shopping spree, just dart across the street to the delicious and ever-popular Café Dynasti.

Juniper Art + Home

Another gem not to miss is Juniper. This relative newcomer is a multifaceted establishment offering home decor, florals, houseplants and gorgeous pots, and is a working art and candle studio frequently offering classes. Owners Becs and Shelley create their own candles, jewellery, art and more, showcasing their talent as well as that of other locals, and providing a feast for the eyes and wallet.

As it’s a holiday weekend, avoid disappointment by calling ahead to ensure these businesses are open the day and time you wish to visit.


You might also be interested in...