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The 5 Best Caterers in Auckland for When You Don’t Want to Be Embarrassed

The 5 Best Caterers in Auckland for When You Don’t Want to Be Embarrassed
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The funny thing about this article is that we ourselves could’ve used it not too long ago! Some months back, we actually had a meeting with a potential investor for the publication, so we were obviously eager to impress.

Our manager booked a seemingly decently reviewed caterer for the event, as such. But let’s just say the “gourmet” mini quiches turned out to be more like hockey pucks.

Needless to say, that client meeting went down in company history, not for the groundbreaking ideas but for the catering catastrophe.

But since then, we’ve gone through more than any company’s fair share of caterers in the city – and now, we actually know enough to offer a list of  the best catering companies in Auckland. Check out our picks!

How much does it cost to hire a caterer in Auckland? 

In Auckland, when hiring a caterer, expect to spend at least 40 NZD per head. However, this price is just an estimate. The price will vary depending on what type of event you need catering for, the menu, and any additional services you may need.

How We Chose

Communication: A good caterer should be easy to chat with and understand your needs. A smooth conversation is a good sign they’ll handle your event smoothly too.
Taste Testing: We were on a mission to find a caterer that could bring the right flavour to any party or gathering. So, we rolled up our sleeves and sampled different menus for our own event—one delicious bite at a time.
Flexibility: We hunted for those who could really tune into any vision. Like handling a switch to gluten-free, those last-minute curveballs, and more.
Prices: Prices can swing wildly based on what you want to serve, how many will be munching, and the level of service you’re after. We reached out for quotes far and wide, stacking them up against each other.

1. Free Range Chef

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Address: 3/322 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1036, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 9 390 0120

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday – 8:30 AM to 9 PM 
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 2 PM 

Website: Free Range Chef

Free Range Chef is in the business of making food dreams come true, offering everything from cosy dinners prepared by a private chef to lavish catering for weddings. 

Recently, we decided to switch things up for our team’s boardroom lunch and brought in the Free Range Chef to treat us to their WellBeing at Work menu.

Their commitment to organic and sustainable ingredients really shone through, especially in the crisp, fresh salads and the high-quality protein choices that were so thoughtfully prepared. 

Everything from energising smoothies to scrumptious raw treats and filling, nutritious salads was on offer. It was great to see such thoughtful inclusions like vegetarian and keto-friendly options.

But those lemony coconut raw cheesecakes stole the show, ending our meal on a high note without any of the guilt usually associated with dessert.

A bit of feedback from the team was that, for the hungrier among us, the portion sizes could have been a tad more generous.

Also, as you might expect with a tailor-made service like this, it doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all price tag. You’re looking at spending a bit more than you would with your run-of-the-mill caterer.

Pros

  • High-quality, organic ingredients
  • Varied menu with healthy choices
  • Indulgent but guilt-free treats

Cons

  • Portion sizes might be small for some
  • Pricey compared to regular caterers

Customer Reviews

There was nothing I needed to worry about 

“We can’t recommend Free Range Chef enough! They recently catered our wedding and did the most incredible job. From start to end, the staff were easy to communicate with, adaptable to our needs and budget and just so professional. On the day I knew there was nothing I needed to worry about and we were blown away by the food. We requested a grazing table during the reception and I had so many of the guests say it was the best grazing table they’d had. The main meal was also a 10/10. We went for the Salmon and chicken and both were incredible, again all we had all the guests raving about the food. If you’re looking for professional and organised caterers who also make incredible food then definitely get these guys on board!” 

Kimberly Ruxton Google Review

Their menu is exquisite, everyone was really impressed 

” Where do I start?! Free Range Chef are absolutely amazing! I recently had a small wedding and asked Free Range Chef to cater for our day. From start to finish the whole process was a total breeze and actually a lot of fun to arrange! I worked with the amazing event manager, Alyssa, who helped me organise the whole catering side of things. She was so professional and helpful and I am so grateful for all of her guidance along the way. Also the chefs are amazing! It was really lovely to have him onsite cooking our amazing meals and it was so much fun as well to have them there in amongst everything, it made the whole atmosphere super fun. Their menu is exquisite, everyone was really impressed by the quality and presentation, it was just beautiful. Also, very impressed with the timing of the meals and everything, the whole catering process just went so smoothly on the day. It was fantastic. I am so grateful for such amazing service, attention to detail and for making the day so lovely. Can’t recommend this team enough!!” 

Alli Ward Google Review 

2. Southern Spit Roast & BBQ Catering

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Address: 14 Westbrook Avenue, Takanini, Auckland 2105, New Zealand

Contact Details:+64 800 277 487

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 11:30 PM 

Website:Southern Spit Roast & BBQ Catering

We at Auckland Magazine used Southern Spit Roast & BBQ Catering for a corporate event. We ended up choosing their Spit Roast Menu (3 meat choices, 2 vegetables, 6 salads, and 5 desserts). 

For starters, the spectacle of the spit-roasted prime lamb being carved on site added an authentic luxury touch to our corporate event. And it didn’t just smell amazing—we lost count of how many servings we had. 

We also liked how the Spit Roast team brought their own tables and cloths, saving us time from having to sort it out ourselves.

However, we noted some dishes on the buffet were missing labels, creating a bit of confusion among those of us with dietary restrictions. What we thought were creamed potatoes ended up being coleslaw with mayo. A small detail, yet one that disrupted the otherwise smooth flow of our dining experience.

Additionally, while the serving staff was polite, we felt there was a gap in communication. We were sometimes left wondering about the sequence of the serving (since there are so many of us), which could easily have been remedied with a more proactive approach on the server’s part. 

But hey, at least the desserts were a hit, especially that warm apple shortcake.

Pros

  • Amazing food variety 
  • Brings tables and tablecloths
  • Delicious desserts

Cons

  • Missing labels
  • Communication issues

Customer Reviews

Their food is amazing, all my wedding guests were raving about their food

” Absolutely stoked with SSR&BCC ! Their food is amazing, all my wedding guests were raving about their food. They have many options to choose from. We even added dessert for a small fee which was just as delicious as dinner. Communication is clear. They were amazing at set up and pack up. The fact that they provided everything for you like crockery and cutlery was the top selling point for me. No worries about doing the dishes because they take them away for you! Highly recommend them for anyone who wants a budget friendly, stress free, delicious catering.” 

Skunkeli  VR Google Review 

Presentation of the menu was exactly as we’d thought it’d be 

 “First impression of Southern Spit Roast & BBQ Catering was last year over the phone with Shelley I felt rushed and not heard having to call straight back about details left out. My timing for calling probably wasn’t okay and may have woken her up before 7.30am at the time online read open 24 hours. Interaction onwards was very good. They had asked for two hours to prepare catering I’d felt some doubt when 45 minutes had pass until a call came through. One staff arrived and had setup within an hour before we ate what a professional superhuman. Forever impression wow presentation of the menu was exactly as we’d thought to be only praises for so much tasty food (the best fruit salad I’ve ever had) and good words from myself family and friends. The cater made it work with the small floor flow given too. I’m happy I’d chosen them and happy I’d placed my son’s 21st booking last year cause we’d saved alot of money with prices rising.” 

Utu Google Review 

3. Loaves & Fishes Catering

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Address: 570D Te Atatu Road, Te Atatū Peninsula, Auckland 0610, New Zealand

Contact Details:+64 9 817 2285

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 6 AM to 2 AM 

Website: Loaves & Fishes Catering

We teamed up with Loaves & Fishes Catering for our company’s Christmas party last year. Loaves & Fishes had no problem throwing down a Christmas spread for $50 a head, with a variety of mains, sides, and a dessert platter that’s like Christmas came early.

While a heads-up on potential allergens in their menu descriptions would’ve been a cherry on top for those of us with dietary needs, we made do with the choices available. 

It’s also worth mentioning that they cater to crowds of 30 or more, so those having a small gathering have to look elsewhere. Oh, and the local delivery charge doesn’t tag along with the catering fee, just a little FYI.

Despite this, the feast arrived looking like it stepped out of a food magazine—gorgeous arrangements on platters and trays that meant we could skip the frantic search for serving dishes. This was not only a win for sophistication but also gave us back precious minutes for merry-making. 

And the portions? Santa’s got nothing on them. We were all over their menu, but the Christmas ham with its cranberry and mustard glaze was the star of the show. 

Pros

  • Time-saving
  • Beautiful presentation
  • Large portions
  • Excellent variety

Cons

  • Minimum order size of 30
  • Delivery fee
  • No allergen information 

Customer Reviews

Punctual, well presented, very respectful and served with beautiful smiles

“Peter and the team at Loaves and Fishes Catering are simply AMAZING!! From the outset, Peter provided great communication, was accommodating with late changes and very transparent. The young ladies who arrived to setup and provide the service we requested, went above and beyond our expectations. They were punctual, well presented, very respectful and served with beautiful smiles. The food was exceptional, everything from the presentation, the taste, the flavours, made you crave more and that was only the finger foods, so when the buffet menu was served, expectation was high and plesantly exceeded, you could taste the food was made with love. All the wedding guests raved about the food and left full and happy. I highly recommend Loaves and Fishes Catering. Looking forward to using the team again for our next event.” 

Mel Nai Google Review  

WOW the food was so delicious

” I was at a course and this company delivered the catering. WOW the food was so delicious. Food can be made to look amazing but to look AND taste so fresh and delicious takes more than care and skill. We had lovely warm crispy pastries, yummy filled packed rolls and a big range of home made cookies, bliss balls, cheese platter and fruit. So nutritious.

Everyone in the group was saying how nice it was and one person in the group decided she needed to book them for her daughters party. That good. :)” 

BecD Google Review

4. Little Wolf – Unforgettable Events

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Address: 3 Burns Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 9 571 0157

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

Website: Little Wolf – Unforgettable Events

Little Wolf Catering turns everything from cosy weddings to glitzy galas into events you’ll reminisce about for years. 

From using them in the past for our own company events, we can verify that they’ve got everything from the daintiest, flavour-packed finger foods to sprawling grazing tables and meals that look too good to eat. 

They’re all about hitting the right notes for every kind of eater, catering to all those fussy dietary needs without breaking a sweat. And a big plus for their customisable menus.

Plus, their catering team was a bunch of superheroes, making sure we didn’t turn into a ball of stress. They have a knack for picking out killer venues, nailing the decor vibe, juggling suppliers, and even lining up entertainment. 

However, since Little Wolf is all about crafting one-of-a-kind experiences, their prices are a bit hard to get. Given that they tailor everything to fit your dream event, be ready for a chat about your budget to ensure no surprises down the line. 

Pros

  • Stress-free experience 
  • Food & menu customization 
  • High quality service 

Cons

  • Pricing

Customer Reviews 

For delicious food and impeccable service, look no further than Little Wolf 

” When searching for a caterer for our wedding day, Little Wolf immediately stood out for their inspired suggested menu and their competitive pricing. We had specific dietary requirements for the entire menu, not just for individuals with restrictions, and other caterers blatantly ignored our request, while Little Wolf took them in stride and ended up providing an unbelievably delicious shared-plates meal about which every guest we spoke to raved. The team working on the day were an absolute joy to have around too. For delicious food and impeccable service, look no further than Little Wolf – trust us.” 

Griff Jones Google Review  

An absolute pleasure to deal with

“Little Wolf were an absolute pleasure to deal with and I have received so many compliments on the food at our event. And comments from attendees about the variety of food choices and labelling for those with dietary restrictions and allergies. The event they catered was the first of it’s kind that I have ever organised, and so I was flying blind! But I felt Little Wolf talked me through and supported me with every step along the way. Their calm confidence on the day was so reassuring. They 100% had it all sorted and waiter staff were so friendly and professional. Very pleased with my choice to hire LIttle Wolf. Definitely recommend” 

Rachel Gebbie Google Review 

5. CaterStation

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Address: 562 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Contact Details:  +64 800 300 653

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 6 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM 

Website: CaterStation

First off, hats off to Cater Station for making ordering as easy as pie. Their online system is a breeze, making us feel like catering pros.

They’ve got these catering “stations” designed for either a small army of 10–15, a larger battalion of 20–25, 100+, party packs, and corporate feeds too.

And for those of us who can’t resist coming back for seconds (or thirds), there’s even a rewards programme.

But what we really liked the most was the range of grub on offer. From gourmet hot dogs and tacos to the more exotic banh mis and lip-smacking dipper donuts, we were spoilt for choice.

And let’s talk about the portion sizes—generous doesn’t even cut it. We were patting our bellies in satisfaction.

Now, onto the packaging—who knew cardboard boxes could be so cool? These “stations” aren’t just about keeping your grub in one place—they’re tidy, they’re eco-friendly, and they save you the hassle of washing up. 

But while Cater Station nails it on the hot delivery, they seem to miss the memo that the party doesn’t stop in an hour. The dishes start losing their steamy charm pretty quickly, and if you’re planning a long event, you might find yourself in a lukewarm predicament. 

Pros

  • Easy online ordering
  • Rewards program
  • Fast delivery
  • Generous portions

Cons

  • Food doesn’t stay warm long

Customer Reviews

The portion sizes are very generous

“THIS PLACE IS A GOD SEND! We (PCRN) have used them multiple times and it has been a hit with all of our staff and customers! We have staff with dairy intolerances, gluten intolerances, and vegetarians and not a single complaint – even the strictly carnivores loved the tofu! The portion sizes are very generous and staff are asking if we can do this rather than cakes for birthdays! Always dropped off on time and super hot as if they’d just come out of the kitchen at a restaurant. Customers have enjoyed them so much that they’re going to start ordering them as well for their businesses. We’ll continue to use them regularly and can’t recommend them enough!” 

Cayt Jackson Google Review

Excellent all ’round, arrived in perfect time

Excellent all ’round, arrived in perfect time – catering included tacos for 10 – 15, chicken protein chosen, drinks, and add-on chocolate donuts. Ordered for a university team networking/training event. Perfect for all dietary requirements, everyone managed two – three tacos each until they were full (14 in attendance). More than enough left over to nick couple bits home. Donuts had to be shared around office, couldn’t finish ’em after main station. Will 100% be returning & highly recommend. Ngā mihi, my dudes x” 

– Mena Welford Google Review