A chocolate cake in the shape of Te Papa

New Zealand Chocolate Festival

New Zealand Chocolate Festival

Sample an irresistible assortment of choc-themed events, from ticketed activities to free demos, talks, kids’ theatre, and workshops. Presented by Te Papa and the New Zealand Chocolate Festival.

  • When Sat 13 Aug 2016, 10:00am–Sun 14 Aug 2016, 7:00pm
  • Where
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost Ticketed and free events

Ticketed events

Working chocolate


Working chocolate. Photograph by Bernie Verlasco, courtesy of New Zealand Chocolate Festival

The festival is mainly ticketed, and a charge applies. Buy tickets through the New Zealand Chocolate Festival website or at Te Papa’s Information Desk, Level 2, on the day (unless sold out).

Ticketed events are at these locations:

  • Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Te Huinga Centre, Level 3
  • Amokura Gallery, Level 4

See below for all free events and chocolate-themed activities throughout the weekend – there’s something for every member of the family.

Free, unticketed events

See teams assemble giant chocolate sculptures, and hear the stories of artisan chocolate makers and sellers. Bring the kids to a theatrical show about chocolate in the Pacific, discover how beans become delicious bars, and create edible art.

Free events are at these locations:

  • Wellington Foyer, Level 2
  • Te Marae, Level 4
  • PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4
  • Level 4 Workshop

Programme of free events – Saturday and Sunday

Chocolate sculptures

New Zealand Pastry Team with their giant chocolate sculptures


New Zealand Pastry Team. Photograph by Jun Tanlayco, courtesy of New Zealand Chocolate Festival

Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Watch the New Zealand Pastry Team assemble spectacular giant chocolate sculptures. Learn tricks of the trade, such as how to make brightly coloured chocolate!

2pm and 4pm
Two lucky audience members are guided through adding the final decorative touches to the chocolate sculptures.

Chocolate talks

Te Marae, Level 4

Hear boutique chocolate makers and sellers discuss their craft and the global shift towards sustainable chocolate production.

11am–12 noon  Wellington Chocolate Factory: The chocolate journey, from bulk sales to sustainability
1pm–2pm Schoc Chocolates: The Psychology of flavour
3pm–4pm Ola Pacifica: The Pacific Islands story of chocolate
11am–12 noon 

Ocho: The rise of the craft chocolate maker


Trade Aid: Sustainable chocolate production in New Zealand


Bohemein Chocolates: Local ingredients, European craftsmanship

Theatre for kids

Cacao beans


Cacao beans. Photograph by Rochelle Harrison, courtesy of New Zealand Chocolate Festival

PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre, Level 4
11am–11.45am, 12 noon–12.45pm, 2pm–2.45pm, 3pm–3.45pm

Bring the kids to fun improvisational theatre about cacao beans – a vital part of Pacific cultures for hundreds of years.  Performed by the Barbarian theatre company.

Cocoa making and chocolate stencil art

Level 4 Workshop
 (closed 12 noon–12.30pm and 2pm–2.30pm for cleaning)

Discover how a humble bean becomes a delicious chocolate bar, and have a go at crushing your own cocoa beans. Then, create a work of art with stencils, melted chocolate, and sugar paper – take home or munch on the spot!

Please note that no food or drinks can be taken out of the workshop into the museum. If you’d like to take your chocolate art home, we'll provide you with a cellophane bag.