It was the clean, clear water that attracted Karin and Rients Rypma to rural North Canterbury back in the early ‘80s. From the Netherlands, the couple were seeking the ideal spot to establish a small factory to produce authentic Dutch-style cheese. They found it in Loburn.

Q&A with Diana Hawkins from Karikaas Cheese

Why North Canterbury? We came to North Canterbury in 1996. It was back in New Zealand, and it is close to all the things we enjoy, rivers, sea, mountains. A wonderful place to bring up children and explore what nature has to offer, everything from wandering up the Ashley river with littlies trying to catch cockabullies, to chasing crayfish and exploring rockpools at Kaikoura, and wandering around the hills and mountains, skiing, hunting, fishing etc.

What’s your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? A mix of the above, it’s rural, it’s clean and safe and there is so much to do.

Name your top three North Canterbury brands (other than your own!): Brew Moon beers, Greystone, (there’s a theme going here!) and fish from North Canterbury Seafood Market, when we don’t catch our own!

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156 Loburn Whiterock Road, Loburn