Meet the Cheesemakers
Ann & Geoff Nieuwenhuis
Annie and Geoff Nieuwenhuis met while studying science at Massey university. They settled for a rural lifestyle in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region. For thirty years, Annie has worked as a Veterinarian while Geoff raised their five children and farmed the land. Annie brings her expertise in animal care and husbandry to ensure the goats are happy and healthy. Geoff’s background in horticulture and farming is well suited for maintaining the right feed for the goats. Together they’ve embarked on a new venture to make the best quality cheese from their own goat’s milk.
Great cheese starts in the paddock. Our goats are free to graze on green pasture and browse beneath the limestone outcrops of the Waikareao Road Valley. This is real New Zealand countryside, located a short drive south of Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. One of the challenges of dairy farming is achieving returns from the land on a sustainable basis. We’ve consciously kept our herd small along with careful management of our farm to ensure we have the best balance and least impact on the land.
It’s a short walk from the milking parlour up to our creamery on the hill. We make all our cheeses in our 1905 Farmstead Villa, which we relocated to our Te Hauke block in 2014. The former Nanny’s wing was carefully converted into a specialist production room and cheese cave. Our bespoke creamery is perfect for our small-scale production. Each cheese is lovingly hand-crafted while looking out the window to see our goats browse in the paddock.
Meet the team
We know our goats by name