Food That’s Good for People, and Good for Our Planet

Food That’s Good for People, and Good for Our Planet

Crafting Great Food

Crafting Great Food

Customers are our Partners

Customers are our Partners

baked breaD straight from
the oven

There’s nothing as good. Well, except maybe eating it. Bread was baked 10,000 years ago in Egypt. We’ve been baking in the Wairarapa since 1942, newcomers compared to the ancient Egyptians, but still one of New Zealand’s oldest bakeries. Thank you for coming here to see exactly what we’re working on at Breadcraft.

Crafting Great Food
Artisan Bread
Artisan Bread

A Loaf Affair in the Heart of the Wairarapa

Drive over the winding Remutaka road from Wellington, and soon you’re into the heart of rural New Zealand, the beautiful Wairarapa. This region has been farmed by generations of New Zealanders, famous once just for sheep, now known across the civilised world for its award-winning wine and cuisine, including our bread.

Masterton
Born and Bread

Take a moment to stop and stretch your legs in the town of Masterton. We won’t call it a metropolis, but it’s thriving all the same. The home to 25,200 residents at the last count, and over 100 of us earn a crust crafting brilliant bread at  Breadcraft. A bold little bakery that opened its doors just after the start of the second world war.

See that wee boy on the left of this photo? He grew up to become an owner of Breadcraft. More about John Cockburn soon.

We Worked Hard, Used Our Loaf and Grew

In 1968 Breadcraft teamed up with eight other bakeries and formed Quality Bakers (NZ) Ltd. Breadcraft produced and distributed famous brands like Quality Bakers, Molenberg, and Natures Fresh in the Wairarapa region for many decades but in recent times have moved into specialty lines such as Cottage Lane Artisan bread and Rebel Bakehouse wraps.

IT WAS IN THE 1940s...
...WHEN OUR SOURDOUGH BUG WAS BORN
Breadcraft was one of the first bakeries to offer European artisan loaves, such as Ciabatta and Sourdough, to Kiwis across the country. To create the perfect Sourdough loaf we needed a 'bug', a living fermented culture of flour and water. To find a truly authentic bug, we went to great lengths - over 10,000 kilometers.

In 2006 one of our owners, John Cockburn, jumped on a plane bound for San Francisco. He brought back a sourdough bug from a family-run bakery dating back to the late 1800s. The bug itself was a strain that had been in the family since the 1940s. So, our bug will soon be celebrating its 80th birthday.

A Third Generation Business

Breadcraft was founded in 1942 by Harold Cockburn who ran the business until 1970 when he handed it over to his son Bob. In 2003, John and Julie-Anne Cockburn, along with Peter Rewi headed up Breadcraft, before Peter retired in 2018.

The next generation is already primed. Mitch, who is John and Julie-Anne’s oldest son, will be completing his bakery apprenticeship ready to take over the family firm when the time comes. Their daughter, Siena, is still in high school, but we think there's a fair chance she'll be following in the family footsteps.

Breadcraft of The Future

We’re proud of our history, and excited about what’s coming next. Everyone at Breadcraft believes that we can do better today than yesterday and make a difference to the world. For instance, our Future Foods program focuses on local sourcing, alternative proteins, New Zealand-grown wheat and more. We have the know-how to blend taste, nutrition and sustainability, and the insight to anticipate food trends early on, and take leadership.

Our Products

Bread

Ciabatta

Developed using an ancient Italian recipe, our delicious Ciabatta has a crisp crust and a dense texture with the beautiful aromatic holey centre.
Ciabatta

Sourdough Batard

A moist flavoursome loaf made using traditional fermentation methods from San Francisco’s Bay area. It has a thick golden crust and deliciously soft centre.
Sourdough Batard

Rustic 12" Baguettes

These traditional country-style loaves have a delightful aroma with a thin crisp crust. perfect for slicing diagonally.
Rustic 12

Grain Batard

Our skilled bakers use time-honoured techniques to carefully ferment the dough, ensuring maximum flavour, strength and maturity. Its slightly nutty texture is packed full of wholegrain goodness.
Grain Batard

Cheese Batard

Our passionate bakers have carefully selected a full-bodied cheese to add to the time-honoured Batard recipe, making it one of the most popular flavoursome loaves in our range.
Cheese Batard

Garlic Batard

Made with delicious chunks of fresh-roasted garlic in the best European baking tradition through a carefully extended fermentation process and a delicate bake on the hearth of the oven.
Garlic Batard

Rustic Sourdough Boule

Boule is French for "ball." This traditional European sourdough loaf has been perfected over the centuries. Arriving today with its deep-brown golden crust and chewy crumb it has a rich deep, flavour and very mild tang.
Rustic Sourdough Boule

Turkish Bread

Dating back to the Ottoman Empire our Turkish flat bread recipe pays homage to its origins with an open holey texture sprinkled with a dash of sesame seeds.
Turkish Bread

Rye Sourdough

Rooted in the soil of northern Europe, Rye has a deep flavour full of character. Baked until the crust has a sturdy outer texture and retaining its lightly soft, sour flavoured crumb.
Rye Sourdough

The Breadcraft Family of Products

Alongside our Cottage Lane artisan breads and Rebel Bakehouse wraps, we offer a whole range of delicious products, including bagels, paninis, wraps and smallgoods. Our family of products offers plenty of variety and flavours for all New Zealanders.

Wraps

Wraps
White, Hemp, Capsicum, Spinach, Turmeric, Tomato etc. Round or Square 6”, 8”,10”, 12”. Gluten Free Options

Artisan Buns

Artisan Buns
Sliced Artisan buns – White, Soy &Linseed

Bagels

Bagels
Plain and Sesame Sliced Bagels

Burger Buns

Burger Buns
Sourdough, Three Seed, Rye Buns

Paninis

Paninis
White Panini Sliced

Ciabatta Rolls

Ciabatta Rolls

Sliced Sourdough

Sliced Sourdough

Gluten Free Wraps

Gluten Free Wraps
Spinach, Hemp Seed and White 10''

Gluten Free Buns

Gluten Free Buns
White and Chia & Flaxseed

Rebel Bakehouse Wraps

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