Eltham's Bridge Street was packed on Saturday as a century of cheese production in the town was celebrated.

With a free sausage sizzle, icecreams, bouncy castle and facepainting on offer, there was plenty to keep the younger generation entertained.

Free cheese tastings and a tour of the Fonterra Bridge Street facility were on offer as well, with tour bookings quickly filling up.

Anne Morrison from Hāwera was busy sampling some of the cheese as she waited her turn on a tour.


"I've tried the new blue cheese they have put out - it's certainly one I would go and buy, it's got a real tang to it, but isn't overwhelming."

Her grandson, Tyler Simons, had enjoyed the morning.

"He's only three, so he will be tuckered out after this. He's had a go on the bouncy castle, tried some icecream, had his face painted and sat inside one of the tanker trucks already."

The truck was his favourite part of the day.

"It's really high up - it was like sitting in the sky."

Brothers Lincoln (8), Cody (13) and Jacob (3) Bulmer also enjoyed having a close look at the tanker.

"It was good to see the computer on the dashboard."

Cody says he is interested in trucks, so was glad to have the opportunity to have a close look at one.


Another attraction was the display of rugby cups, with a queue forming as people lined up to have their photos taken with the cups.