NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2022

6pm Thursday 30 June 2022

Celebrate the finest of the New Zealand cheese and dairy industry. Learn the 2022 NZ Champions of Cheese trophy winners while catching up with industry colleagues.

Join friends and colleagues at the Atrium for a special three-course dinner, followed by the Countown Cheese Corner, featuring 2022 Champions.  Dinner will be matched to wonderful beverages from Hamilton’s Good George brewery and award-winning NZ wine.

MC Mark Bunting will be on hand to ensure a fun evening celebrating the NZ Champions of Cheese Trophy Winners for 2022 as well as the three Supreme Champions.

Tickets are $145 (ex GST) per person or organise a table of 10 and pay $1400 (ex GST).  Tickets are available through TryBooking and incur a 0.30 cent booking fee. Book here. Smart dress, men a jacket please.


Novotel Tainui Hamilton is offering a special deal for the night of Thursday 30 June. Use this link to receive 10% off best available rate which will be charged at the time of booking.

Ramada by Wyndham Hotel also has a special deal for cheesemakers and guests with double rooms from $149 per night. Use this link to book.

The NZ Champions of Cheese 2022 Trophies are:

    • Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial)
    • New World Champion of Champions (Mid-sized)
    • Puhoi Valley Champion of Champions (Boutique)
    • MilkTest NZ Champion Cheesemaker
    • Countdown Sustainability Award
    • Fonterra Cooperative Group Champion Original Cheese
    • ECOLAB Champion Blue Cheese
    • Wintec Champion New Cheese
    • CHR Hansen Champion Soft White Rind Cheese
    • Kiwi Labels Champion Greek/Cypriot-Style Cheese
    • Cheeselinks Champion Fresh Italian-Style Cheese
    • IFF Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese
    • AsureQuality Champion Dutch-Style Cheese
    • IXOM Champion European-Style Cheese
    • Sabato Champion Farmhouse Cheese
    • Thermaflo Champion Washed Rind Cheese
    • Sansmart Champion Flavoured Aged Cheese
    • Big Chill Distribution Champion Flavoured Fresh Cheese
    • Tetra Pak Champion Retail Cheddar Cheese
    • Sealed Air Champion Bulk Cheddar Cheese
    • OJI Fibre Champion Goat’s Milk Cheese
    • dish magazine Champion Sheep’s Milk Cheese
    • Dominion Salt Champion Export Cheese
    • Curds & Whey Champion Amateur Cheesemaker
    • New World Cheese Lovers’ Choice
    • Rutherford & Meyer Chefs’ Choice
    • NZSCA Champion Butter
    • Countdown Champion Yoghurt