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The Best Hot Cross Buns In Christchurch

The Hottest of Cross Buns

Yes the weather is cooling down and firewood orders are being made thick and fast, but the grey skies and falling leaves herald Hot Cross Bun season.

These little pockets of yum have become a staple on kitchen tables across Aotearoa, with bakeries competing for your precious hot cross dollar.

So where can the best ones be found? Who is winning? We take a look at who made the best of the season across Ōtautahi.

Copenhagen Bakery

Copenhagen Bakery

Copenhagen Bakery hot cross buns have a proven track record, winning numerous awards over the years including a 3rd place at this year's Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition. What’s the secret? Think aged sour dough added to the mix of a fully packed fruited bun with just the amount of spice and a delicious apricot glaze to finish. Definitely mouth-watering, you’ll be going back for seconds!

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Michael With Hot Cross Buns

Michael's Bakery

Offering some of the best Hot Cross Buns in the country, having won The Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition in 2019 and coming 4th in 2022. Their buns are in high demand, fresh from their Hillmorton kitchen. It’s first come first served in the lead up to Easter, so get down to Coppell Place in Hoon Hay for some of the city’s best.

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Rangiora Bakery Hot Cross Buns

Artisan By Rangiora Bakery

Okay, so not technically Christchurch but Artisan by Rangiora Bakery is officially home to some of the best Hot Cross Buns in New Zealand. If you don't believe us, then their awards in the Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition speak volumes with a 5th in 2022 and 1st in both 2021 and 2020.

These delicacies fly off the shelf, so get involved quick. Combining Seville Orange, Ceylon spices and a star anise, cinnamon and clove glaze, these buns are the bees knees.

Hop along to Artisan in Rangiora to get your hands on these winning buns.

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Kidd's Cakes And Bakery

Kidd's Cakes And Bakery

How good is it to have another Christchurch bakery in the top 10! Kidd’s Cakes & Bakery recently came 6th in the Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition with their big, fruity Hot Cross Buns. Renowned for great flavour, their award-winning recipe combines a balanced blend of spices and zesty fruit for the prefect bun. Get in quick!

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Hot Cross Buns Bellbird Bakery

Bellbird Baked Goods

Buns so delicious they stick to the bag. Take them home and do whatever it is your family does to hot cross buns, sit back and enjoy. Have some napkins at the ready for those sticky fingers. While you’re at it, take a stroll around The Tannery for Easter treats.

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Bohemian Bakery

Bohemian Bakery

Get there for a tasty Easter treat and other delights. Delivering quality breads and treats to their customers in Sumner, High Street and beyond, Bohemian Bakery is a staple favourite. Their bakers say the secret to a good hot cross bun is their special sourdough culture, and only using freshly grated citrus zest. They also make chocolate brioche buns...yum.

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Grizzly Baked Goods Hot Cross Buns

Grizzly Baked Goods

These guys are all about aesthetic, from green walls to the hand-painted signage. Their hot cross buns are just the same, with quality ingredients and unparalleled service. From a servery window on Buchan Street, in Sydenham, baked goods of all sorts are slung to happy customers.

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Jerry And George

Jerry & George Artisan Bakers

You've asked, and we've included! Jerry & George Artisan Bakers are a family owned and operated bakery, specialising in a large range of sourdough breads and pastries.

Their hot cross buns are handmade with love, containing generous amounts of fruit, sourdough leaven, spice, and delightful bursts of peel. 

You can buy their delicious buns at the Rangiora Welcome Market, Ohoka Farmers Market, The Colombo Mall (on Fridays), New Brighton Seaside Market and Mt Pleasant Farmers Market.

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Also a special shout out to Timaru bakery U-Bake for coming 2nd and Rustic Bakery Cafe Lincoln for coming 10th in the Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition. Christchurch and Canterbury represents!

Your favourite not on the list? Be sure to let us know.