16 Local Grocery Delivery Services To Support

By Emma Gleason
Photo / Guy Coombes

As we look for alternatives to the big supermarket chains it takes the pressure off their services and frees up slots for others who need them and are mindful of supporting local businesses, small and independent grocery operations are a great way to stock up the cupboard and crisper.

Share the love around, try something new, and find a bit of comfort in a sprinkling of fancy salt on your next freezer-raid meal.

SABATOWith an array of different boxes available - baking, best of New Zealand, and "Quarantine Flavour Booster" it's hard to choose a favourite, but the Lockdown Cheese Box is particularly appealing. A special release, it includes a range of artisanal cheeses to crumble, spread, smear and smash.

PITA HOUSEWith an in-house woodfire oven and a warehouse full of Middle Eastern fare, Pita House in Pakuranga is a favourite of those in the know. Transport your tastebuds with saffron, pomegranate molasses and rosewater, and stock up on bay leaves, spices and beans. Fresh Turkish bread is a must.

SCARECROWGet a taste of the hybrid café/deli/grocer by Albert Park - they have a Mt Eden outlet too - with some of Scarecrow's online offering. There are pasta and sauce packs, a baking bag, and we recommend adding some Ocho chocolate (from the Solomon Islands) to your order.

THE KOSHER DELIThis Greys Ave institution has an online outlet, where you can get all forms of matzo (squares, balls and meal), kosher salt, and assorted jarred and bottled good.

DAILY BREADLocal bakery and deli Daily Bread has its range of sourdough loaves and baguettes and buns on offer for delivery nationwide, as well as sweet treats like pastries, slices, danishes and doughnuts. Its deli section has essentials like coffee and olive oil and pick-me-ups like fresh-pressed orange juice and kombucha.

GOODFORPlastic-free and locally owned and operated Goodfor ships nationwide (and their stores are open during Level 4). A great way to stock up on spices, seeds, legumes and more, they also sell household items too.

VETRO MEDITERRANEAN FOODSSells both imported and local foods, here's where to get some of those elusive ingredients from your Ottolenghi cookbook, and some treats to transport you abroad. Nationwide delivery.

GREENLEA BUTCHEROffering a diverse range of cuts and heroing grass-fed beef and free-range lamb, with its delivery service and easy online site Greenlea Butcher is an alternative for meat eaters that don't have their own local butcher. You can buy a box, or choose from their range of steaks, shanks, schnitzels and more.

THE DUSTY APRONThis local wholesale bakery also offers home delivery option, and its a bread-lover's delight with baguettes and batards, challah and croissants, sourdough and more all on offer.

CLEVEDON HERBS & PRODUCE This small business sells what it grows itself think in-season vegetables, a bounty of leafy green. Its produce boxes come in multiples sizes (including a very useful two-person option) and you can add on things like seedlings and flowers. How lovely. Clevedon Herbs & Produce delivers throughout the North Island, excluding Aotea Great Barrier Island.

KOPIKOA rye and wholewheat sourdough subscription service that uses locally grown, organic, whole grain flour to make nutrient-dense loaves that are also family-friendly. Kopiko delivers to central and west Auckland, and also offers one-off purchases.

PREMIUM GAMEBased in Marlborough and a licensed supplier of wild game meat, Premium Game harvests and processes its products in the most natural way possible. Explore Highland beef, tahr, fallow and goat. They deliver nationwide.

THE AVO TREEA subscription delivery service for avocados, grown in the Bay of Plenty, The Avo Tree is a unique business that brings these nutritious omega-rich fruits to your door.

OOOOBYSourcing from local organic growers (for a fair price) Ooooby delivers fruit and vegetables, as well as dairy and pantry items too, making them a good one-stop-shop.

ASIANGROCER.CO.NZServicing the whole country, this comprehensive online site has every ingredient you need to create fragrant pho, hearty laksa, and even DIY bubble tea.

ECOROLLNot food, but still essential, we're big fans of Ecoroll's plastic-free, sustainable toilet paper made from renewable bamboo. Its 48-roll boxes last ages, and the jazzy paper packing makes the famously reluctant task of replacing an empty roll a delight.

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