History

Click here for present and past owners

A HISTORY OF RANGIORA’S BAKERY

FROM 1860 TILL PRESENT DAY

  • 1860 - First built by Samuel Chapman next to BNZ bank
  • 1865 - Sold to Mr George & Mr Robertson
  • 1876 - Sold to Mr T McKelvey
  • 18xx - Sold to Mr Pyle
  • 1890 - Sold to John Whitehouse
  • 1928 - Sold to William Lewis (son in law of John Whitehouse)
  • 1932 - His son, Norman Lewis, joined the business became W Lewis & Son
  • 1952 - Sold to Fred Harper
  • 1958 - Bakery rebuilt onto its present site, 90 High St, Rangiora
  • 1963 - Sold to Johan Wolfkamp
  • 1965 - Sold to John van Til and is currently owned by his youngest son
  • 1991 - 1st Christchurch Branch opened in Merivale Mall
  • 1995 - 1st Christchurch Branch relocated to 664 Colombo Street
  • 1997 - Old Railway land bought at 18 High Street, Rangiora
  • 2001 - New Production Bakery built at 18 High Street, Rangiora
  • 2002 - First Export orders sent to Middle East and Asia
  • 2006 - Two new Freezer Building, 520m², was added
  • 2008 - Main Bakery is extended by a further 3000m²
  • 2010 - Bakery extended to include our ARTISAN cafe

NEW ZEALAND’S MOST AWARDED BAKERY

Rangiora Bakery has won the highly coveted title of “New Zealand Baker of the Year” for an unprecedented 7 times - 1975, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1999.  Our focus has always been to provide the best possible products to our customers and winning the awards proves our success. To claim this many titles over such a long time period, has to be the ultimate testament to a history of fine baking.