OCHO Chocolate Factory Visit

OCHO Chocolate Factory Visit

OCHO Chocolate Factory Visit
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Love Chocolate? Taste the Pacific at Dunedin's chocolate factory. Learn the OCHO story - 3700+ owners who invested to keep chocolate making in Dunedin after Cadbury. Visit the CHOCtagon and see how chocolate is made. Free entry to factory shop. Self guided tour and tasting journey, $25. For the tour you will need a smart phone or tablet, headphones are recommended
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Rosie
Exeter, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited yesterday with my husband. The fee is $25 (so £12.50) for adults. They offer 10% student discount which is always nice.
We were welcomed by Jared (I think that was his name) who took us through to a room where he explained the history of the Chocolate Factory and how it came to be where it is today. We got to try a raw cocoa bean which was an experience..!
After the talk and presentation, we had a chance to see the workings of the factory from a viewing room. Not too much going on, but we got a good explanation of the machines and chocolate making process, from bean to bar!
Our group of six then headed to the tasting. Only ever having tried commercial dark chocolate before, I was thoroughly surprised at how delicious the Ocho chocolate is. They have different levels of choc percentage, and additional flavours available. It was interesting to have some commercial chocolate too, to be able to compare. Ocho chocolate is divine!
There is of course then the option to purchase some of you wish, with no pressure to buy at all. I think the large bars are priced around $11.
Probably wouldn't be the most entertaining thing to do with children- maybe it should be adults only?
We had a really nice time though and found the tour/tasting interesting.
We cant wait for Ocho chocolate to one day be for sale in the UK!
Written 5 March 2020
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Thanks for your lovely review - we're really happy you enjoyed the tour and tasting and we have a few more OCHO fans out there in the world.
Written 8 March 2020
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Cindylea
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Really informative tour of chocolate making and the importance of cacao bean selection.
Tasted about 10 different chocolate blends from 100% to 52% OCHO chocolate and a couple of “commercial” milk and dark chocolate. Wow what a difference.
Highly recommend
Written 18 February 2020
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Thanks for your kind words Cindy! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit.
Written 23 February 2020
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Cobi V
Nelson, New Zealand72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Interesting tour: informative regards manufacturing process. Lovely products and we loved the ethos and passion of this small company. We wish them luck and will definitely look out for their chocolate in our local supermarket.
Written 8 May 2021
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Kia ora Thanks so much for taking the time to post such a lovely review and for supporting us by buying our chocolate at your supermarket! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and tasting with us - aren't the Pacific tastes amazing! Our team are very proud to be a unique bean to bar crafter - Grown in the Pacific - Crafted in Dunedin. We really appreciate your visit to NZ's home of chocolate making and your support of our enterprise. Our opening hours have changed to 10-3 Weekdays and 10-2 weekends, we hope you pop by again to see what new chocolate treats we have in store... On behalf of our over 3,500 crowdfunded owners - thanks again for visiting and being part of our story. All the best The OCHO Chocolate Team
Written 16 August 2021
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pieata
Wellington, New Zealand420 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Arrived late In afternoon.. didn’t know what to expect!
Paid $25, for a small compartmentalised oblong box, with a few samples of Cacao
Bean, and the process for it to become chocolate !
8/9 different teardrop chocolate beads to taste (their products)..
To correlate the production process, a video is shown, and the samples are for
tasting, of different products produced …The viewing room is small, and one can only watch through the enclosed window of the viewing room..
I saw nothing, but some idle machines …
$25, to watch a video, and get a 50 gm bar of chocolate… and a sample box… is a waste of money.. if known, I’d spend $25, to buy a coupla bars of 95gm chocolate!
Written 1 March 2023
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Josh B
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
It's not a factory visit - you, just watch a YouTube video on-site, obtain a box of a few pieces of chocolates and test your tastebuds. You can only watch the small factory from the outer glass frame and have no proper induction, explanation of the production process. My partner and I spent nearly $75 to$100 (with Taxi fees from our hotel to the small boutique) for just a self 10 minutes window-watch and its an absolute waste of money and misleading.

The chocolate however, had a good taste as compared to other commercial ones. I am utterly disappointed. You can do this online and save your money. You do not have access to the production plant.
Written 20 December 2022
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millsy123
Newcastle, Australia259 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Cost us well over 100.00. The talk was boring the kids were not kept interested. The tour was to one small room where u watch one person pouring beans and one person putting choc in moulds. Then u can see a person wrapping. Then the tasting where we had miniscule pieces of not so good chocolate to taste with water. Uninspiring and the presenter was more about himself than anything else. Not interactive till the very end when u can nibble the pieces. There were a stack of kids on this day and they were all bored and complaining. Don't waste your money. Very disappointing.
Written 23 January 2020
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Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and we're sorry that OCHO wasn't for you. We have been working behind the scenes to make some small changes to the session, with a focus on making it more interactive for children - we will take you comments on board.
Written 26 January 2020
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Hedzer
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
I am a big fan of dark chocolate, always have been. At OCHO you get to see the chocolate making process from the center octagon space with the commentary of an well-informed tour guide. After this quick "tour" (which really just is a story of how they began followed by a run up the hallway to the octagonal space with explanation as to what employees are doing in the adjacent rooms) the real fun begins. A tasting session of all kinds of chocolate related pieces, from cacaobeans to commercial chocolate to chocolate made with specific cacaobeans. Really fun to taste 100% dark chocolate and other stuff which you wouldn't taste anywhere else. Really worth your money, since it is cheap (10 or 15 dollars) and a great opportunity to buy chocolatebars at the place they have been made.
Written 21 October 2019
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Sophie M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Ocho chocolate, what a truly one of a kind experience in Dunedin. Jared was one of the most in depth tour guides I’ve had, his knowledge on the business and the products were nothing other than amazing. When walking in the entrance, you are instantly hit with a strong aroma of roasting cocoa beans.Though this is a big and intimidating space, Jared was right there to welcome me in.

At the start of the tour you sit to watch a wee video on the history of the business and its place in Dunedin and a clearer understanding of how it grew.

Once this is done we were taken down to the factory. Here you can see just how craft this chocolate really is, right down to being hand wrapped by the ocho staff.

Then finally the best part the tasting. You are given a board of different stages from the raw form to the end product, with an explanation of what you should taste at each step. If you haven’t been, do it and if you’re coming to dunedin definitely put this on the list of things to do
Written 16 October 2019
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Dallas S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I did the Ocho tour with my kids, 14 and 9. We all loved it! The tour guide is knowledgeable and funny, the introduction was the perfect length (super interesting and nobody got bored) and the content works for young and old. The personal story and ethos of the company is really cool. The octagonal room is ingenious, and you get to see Dunedin oompa loompas making the chocolate! We loved the tasting afterwards, and my kids were completely engaged and fascinated. They’re still talking about it. A brilliant tour to take visitors on or a great family activity for a rainy day. We took away plenty of chocolate as ‘gifts’ 🍫 👍🏼
Written 28 August 2019
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Sharee R
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A bit misleading that this was a factory tour along with tastings. Did not feel this was value for money. The tour was a video of the chocolate process which although informative was difficult to stay engaged with.
Written 5 March 2024
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