Australian’s and New Zealanders might share a good natured sense of competition over some things, but there is no doubting our mutual affection for Cadbury chocolate. New Zealand has one up on the Aussie’s with its annual Cadbury Dunedin Chocolate Carnival held each July.

For one fun week, the city of Dunedin turns into something Willy Wonka would be very proud of. Over the years the sugar-fuelled creativity has grown into more than 50 chocolate themed events, with titles like the Crunchie Train ride, Cadbury Couture Fashion Show and the Choctagon, but the pièce de résistance (or is it the ‘pièce de résistance is useless’?) are the Jaffa Races, with up to 25,000 orange globes of happiness pouring down Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Don’t be sad about all that wasted chocolate – the races benefit major charities, and there’s plenty more where that came from!

Dunedin is home to the Cadbury World chocolate factory, which goes into full steam production during the festival but also runs tours year round.

With a chocolate-packed week-long program running July 12-18, there are magicians to see, chocolate-inspired dining events, and fortunately, a fun run to help combat any chocolate regret.


It all sounds amazing, and Australian-owned Apollo Motorhome Holidays are busy spreading the…chocolate with their giant carnival-themed motorhome, encouraging families to see the South Island by motorhome (fuelled by packets of jaffas of course). With 2-berth to 6-berth motorhome and campervan options available, it’s a ‘wheely great’ way to get around!


IMG_5109Sounds mouth-watering but missed it? Never fear, the jaffas will return next year! Start planning to take your little oompa loompas now!