Food & Drink

The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover Is Back For 2022 Bigger And Better Than Ever

By Armelle Frimpong
13th Apr 2022

Someone holds a delicious looking toastie in their hands.

There’s no denying that those long lazy days of summer are behind us, but rather than focus on darker nights and fresher breezes, it’s time for some deliciously cheesy (and pickly) news.

The hot competition where chefs up and down the country cook up their tastiest take on the classic toastie, The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover, has just kicked off for 2022. And while participant numbers for 2021 were impressive, this year they're off the charts with a staggering 185 venues up and down the country putting their hands up to be judged.

With so many delicious toasties to be tried judging will take place over the next two months, with the finalists to be announced on June 22 and the supreme winner revealed on July 27.

For those needing a refresher, the competition rules are simple. Each toastie must be sandwiched between two slices of bread and able to be eaten by hand. The toasted sandwich must also contain cheese (or an acceptable vegan substitute) and pickles from the McClure’s Pickles range. Everything else is up to the toastie maker’s imagination.

So! With so many entrants across NZ, there's bound to be a toastie entered for the competition close to you, find the full list below and go here to see details of the toasties. 

NORTH OF AUCKLAND (6)

Flow@WMBP, Waitangi

Logan MacLean Café, Waipu (Vege)

Matakana Village Pub, Matakana

Puhoi Valley Cheese Cafe, Puhoi

Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room, Matakana

Urban Remedy, Ruakaka

AUCKLAND (58)

Archie Cafe, Ponsonby

Beaufort + Co, Oteha

Best Ugly Bagels, CBD x 2 (City Works Depot & Commercial Bay), Newmarket, Airport

Bird on a Wire, CBD (Commercial Bay), Ponsonby, Takapuna, Orakei, Newmarket, Ormiston

Botany Commons, Botany Town Centre

Burgernaut, Kingsland

Cazador Deli, Mount Eden

Cheese on Toast, Three Kings & Birkenhead

Churly's Brewpub + Eatery, Mt Eden

Citizen Park, Kingsland

Crafty Baker, Titirangi

Dedwood Deli, Ponsonby

Drifter Coffee NZ, Orewa

Fat Belly Deli, Freemans Bay

Federal Delicatessen, CBD (Vege)

Goldie, Mt Eden (Vege)

Good Day, Orakei

Hash n Smash (Food Truck) (Vege)

Jo Bros, Titirangi

Kohi Beach Store, Kohimarama

Le Chef Kitchen (Wapiti Sports bar), Point Chevalier

Lowbrow, Karangahape Road

Moxie Restaurant, Birkenhead Point

ONE - Onehunga Neighbourhood Eatery

Peachs Hot Chicken, Panmure

Pilkingtons, CBD

Pins Cafe (Lincoln Pins), Henderson

Pizza Landing, Te Atatu Peninsula (Vege)

Rampant Coffee, New Lynn

Rosier Burgers, Glen Eden

Simple Cafe and Eatery, Albany

Something & Social, Westfield Newmarket

The Brewers Co-Operative, CBD

The Brit Pub & Eatery, CBD

The Cav, Freemans Bay

The Daily Goods, Pukekohe

The Farmhouse, Clevedon  (Vege)

The Fox, A London Pub, CBD

The Northcote Tavern, Northcote Point

Union Post, Ellerslie

Wild Wheat, Mt Eden, Howick, Belmont, Mt Albert, Ascot, Birkenhead

Wipeout Kitchen (Food Truck)

Wynyard Pavilion, CBD

Yakety Yak, Pukekohe

WAIKATO / COROMANDEL/BOP (16)

Bird on a Wire, Hamilton

Capers Cafe + Store, Rotorua

Eastwood Café, Rotorua

Folk Brewers, Tauranga

Irish Wawa Cafe, Tokoroa

Johnny's Tairua

Okere Falls, Rotorua

Plan Bee, Waihi

Smith & McKenzie, Hamilton

Texas Pete's BBQ Dinsdale, Hamilton

Texas Pete's BBQ Rototuna, Hamilton

The General Café, Mount Maunganui

The Nourished Eatery, Tauranga (Vegan)

The Orchard House, Katikati

The Public Office, Ngatea

The Redoubt Bar & Eatery, Morrinsville

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND (16)

#antsnacks the lunch bar, New Plymouth (Vege)

13th Stag, Hastings Sports Park

Best Burgers, Havelock North

Black Betty BBQ, Hastings

Carr's Kitchen, Hastings

Creel Tackle House and Café, Tūrangi

Deli @ Known Unknown, New Plymouth (Vege)

Fork and Noise, Hastings (Food Truck)

Porridge Watson, Whanganui

Replete Cafe & Store, Taupō

Serial Griller, Ōakura, Taranaki 

Sunshine Brewery, Awapuni, Gisborne 

That Sandwich Place, Napier

The Duke's Roadhouse, Mangaweka

The Storehouse, Taupō

Toastie Ohakune, Ohakune

WELLINGTON REGION (52)

Artisan at Bolton Hotel, Wellington

Baloosonbroadway Restaurant @ The Carterton Club (RSA), Carterton

Beach Babylon, Wellington

Beaver and Bear, Palmerston North

Bebemos, Wellington (Vege)

Best Ugly, Te Aro, Airport, Featherston Street

Bethel Woods, Wellington

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Brew Union, Palmerston North

Brew’d Island Bay, Wellington

Buzz Cafe Restaurant, Lower Hutt

Cable Top Eatery, Wellington

Cafe Polo, Miramar

Cutlers Entertainment, Lower Hutt (Vege)

Dillinger's, Wellington

Fidels café, Wellington

Fix & Fogg window, Wellington (Vege)

Fix Federation, Lower Hutt

Gelissimo @ Freyberg, Wellington (Vege)

goods manufactory, Wellington (Vege)

Gourmet Hi-way, Hunterville

Hangar Cafe, Wellington

Hotel Bristol, Wellington

Huxley's, Wellington

Korky's Catering (Food Truck)

Little Beer Quarter, Te Aro, Wellington

Macs Brewbar, Wellington CBD

Mockingbird, Te Aro, Wellington (Vegan)

Nolita, CBD, Wellington (Vegan)

One Fat Bird, Karori, Wellington

Park Kitchen, Mirimar, Wellington

Rollatoasta (Food Truck), Lower Hutt

Roxy Cinema, Miramar, Wellington

Seashore Cabaret, Petone, Lower Hutt

Sinbin Sports Bar, Lower Hutt

Staten Eatery, Te Aro, Wellington (Vege)

Sweet Release, Te Aro, Wellington (Vegan)

Ten O'clock Cookie Bakery Cafe, Masterton

The Arborist Rooftop Bar & Eatery, CBD, Wellington

The Borough, Tawa, Wellington

The Botanist, Lyall Bay, Wellington (Vegan)

The Clareville Bakery, Clareville

The Crab Shack, CBD, Wellington

The Crooked Elm, Lower Hutt

The Green Man Pub, CBD, Wellington

The Offering, Greytown

The Offering @ Moore Wilsons, Masterton

The Thistle Inn, Thorndon, Wellington

Twenty Eight, Lower Hutt

Whistling Sisters Beer Co, Te Aro, Wellington

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND (24)

Akaroa Butchery & Deli, Akaroa

Arden, Nelson

Bacon Bros, Christchurch

BEERS, Christchurch

Chocolate and Ginger (Food Truck), Blenheim

Empire Chicken, Christchurch

Grater Goods, Christchurch (Vegan)

Hangar Round Cafe, Motueka

Herb + Olive Cafe, Blenheim

Ilex Café, Christchurch

Kaikoura Beach House Café, Kaikōura

Little Nessie Cafe, Nelson

Monza Sports Bar Christchurch Casino, Christchurch

Shaka Bros, Christchurch

Street Food on Washington (Food Truck), Nelson

Sun Dog Diner, Christchurch (Vege)

Terra Viva Cafe, Christchurch

The Brewery, Christchurch

The Café Christchurch Casino, Christchurch

The Food Bus (Food Truck), Reefton

The Nourish Food Company, Christchurch

The Smoking Barrel, Motueka

Vines Café, Blenheim

Woodstock Hotel, Woodstock (West Coast)

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND (13)

Bespoke Kitchen, Queenstown

Cargo Gantley's Pub, Queenstown

High Country Salmon, Twizel

Hungry Hobos, Dunedin

Johnny Crema (Food Truck), Queenstown 

Love Chicken, Queenstown

Mikey's KAI (Food Truck), Dunedin

Morning Magpie, Dunedin (Vege)

PiqueNique Café, Timaru (Keto)

Roasted x Toasted, Lumsden

The Fine Lion, Ashburton

The Waipiata Country Hotel, Waipata

The Wanaka ‘Wich Project, Wanaka

Still peckish? Here's all the food news you need to know this week.

Image credit: Babiche Martens

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