With Easter kicking off a long weekend, we’re all looking forward to a bit of a break. Hopefully you’ve got plans with extended family or friends – or both – and that includes time in Rotorua.
If you need some last-minute Easter goodness, 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. Some are traditional and others are breaking all the rules.
Go ahead, put all your eggs in one basket here
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. As if!
While you’re in the neighbourhood, why not hop down to Guidough’s just down the street a bit and around the corner. Guido, a Swiss baker, 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 in small batches six days a week.
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. `
Rumour has it the Mistress herself nips out the back to milk her own cow and churn it into fresh buttery gold. This is surely the magic ingredient that lies within the Rotorua-famous queen of bakey goodness’ incredible scrolls (both sweet and savoury), divine slices and cakes, award-winning sausage rolls, and more.
But now this tart supreme has taken her imagination to another level. The Mistress brings you the Hot Cross Scroll! It’s as if a hot cross bun and cinnamon scroll had a baby! Possibly the best thing that’ll pass your lips this Passover – as long as you haven’t given up deliciousness, that is. Get your ducks in a row quickly, these are guaranteed to fly out the door.
Easter dining and shopping
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!) as this award-winning eatery makes it easy for you and is open right through Easter from 7am till 7pm. Breakfast, brunch and lunch is available until 5pm; light meals and sharing plates are available 5pm till close; cabinet food, including Easter treats, is available all day. And don’t forget happy hour from 5pm till 7pm.
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. No Easter egg hunt here as you’ll find everything you could desire in plain sight from Volcanic Chocolate, T2 Tea, Flaveur Breads and Pandoro, and an incredible range of New Zealand artisan products for foodies, including Apostle Hot Sauce, and Pepper & Me.
Check out the amazing Brioche Hot Cross Bun Baking Kits – they’re boxed baking but better, and the perfect way to celebrate Easter with family and friends and fill your home with the most incredible aroma of delicious mixed spice.
Treats for your nest or special somebunny specialBesides 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.
In the centre of town you’ll find Grace & Glory | The Living Room Collective. It’s not a large shop, but boy does she pack a beautiful punch! An excellent go-to for all things gift, décor and holiday-related.
This season you’ll find florals motifs across nearly everything, plus dapper rabbit statues, gilded crosses, and more. Gift-wise, there’s gear for gardeners and plant lovers, handmade bespoke jewellery, things rustic and vintage inspired, and inspired supplies for the consummate DYI’er in your life such as chalk paints, stamps, moulds, transfers and hardware, and so much more.
We’ve sung their praises before, but they’re worth another verse. Curiosity Blooms (above and at top) in the 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 scarves and jewellery; 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.