The Chocolate

What kind of chocolate will I get in my subscription?

There will be a variety of chocolate products in each box. There will be some mixture of bean-to-bar craft chocolate bars, flavoured chocolate bars, filled or dipped chocolates, and many others. And depending on your subscription level there will be between 3-6 different items in each box.

All of the chocolate is sourced from artisan chocolatiers and chocolate makers around New Zealand. You won’t find supermarket chocolate in here! Because that is not what we are about.

What’s the difference between the regular, Deluxe and Mini subscriptions?

The Original subscription is our classic box and most popular, which includes 4 different items from around Aotearoa, carefully sourced for top-notch flavour and to fit the theme of the month. Along with the chocolate we include our tasting notes. Which includes info about the items in the box and the chocolate makers and chocolatiers who made them.

The Deluxe box includes the same chocolate and tasting notes, but more of the best stuff. There will always be extra bonbons, and a larger serve or double of a couple of the other premium items. It’s well suited to those who are sharing the box with a spouse or friend, or if you want the joy to last a little longer. This box will include 6 items.

The Mini has 2-3 of the items for the month. it is a great way to discover what The Chocolate Tour is all about, or good for people that just want a ”little bit”.

Can I choose what I get?

No sorry – but that’s part of the magic. We carefully curate each month’s collection to maximise your experience, so we can’t swap things out. However, you can let us know any preferences or allergies you have, and we take that into consideration when sourcing our products and planning future months. If you have any allergies or special requirements let us know and we’ll do what we can to accommodate them.

What if I have an allergy or am vegan?

If you have an intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods we offer a range of Special Dietary Boxes, including options for: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, and keto! These special boxes don’t follow always the same theme as the regular subscription boxes, but will still provide you with a variety of NZ-made deliciousness to enjoy!

Because our suppliers are small they can’t always guarantee that there will be no traces of allergens, so if you’re severely allergic we might not be the service for you. 

What if I don’t like what I get?

We do our best to source amazing, interesting and varied chocolate. We think you’ll love what we provide, but can’t provide a bulletproof guarantee, since everyone is a bit different. If you have any thoughts or issues please let us know by emailing kim@thechocolatetour.co.nz  we always appreciate hearing feedback!

Subscriptions

How do subscriptions work?

Your first payment covers your first delivery; if this is in the first half of the month you’ll get a box straight away. But if you sign up after the 10th of the month, your first delivery will be at the end of that month. After the first payment you’ll be automatically billed on the 23rd of each month and chocolate will be dispatched on the last Monday of that month. 

What we send you is an awesome, carefully curated chocolate experience.

You may be familiar with some of the products but we work hard to provide a variety of established and brand-new products, all from amazing New Zealand-based artisan chocolatiers and chocolate makers. We choose chocolates that we can’t get enough of, and we hope you’ll feel the same way!

You can switch, pause or cancel your subscription at any time from within your account – or just drop us an email if you prefer. There is no minimum term and no sign up fees – you just pay for each month as it comes.

Do I have to subscribe to order a box?

No – you can buy a one-off box, so long as we have stock available. These make great gifts too!

How do I place an order?

Just head over to the Shop page, choose your subscription and frequency, add to cart, and checkout. Simple!

Why do I have to create an account?

Because you are setting up an on-going subscription we need you to have an account. This means you can log in and change the details of your subscription at any time, including how often you receive a box, where your box is delivered etc. You can also easily pause or cancel your subscription at any time by logging in. The power is in your hands!

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Mastercard and Visa credit and debit card payments.

There’s something wrong with my order; what do I do?

Let us know! We’ll do our best to fix it as quickly as we can. Email kim@thechocolatetour.co.nz with the details (feel free to include pictures if there’s a problem with a product) and we’ll get back to you with a solution; you will either receive a credit voucher to use for your next purchase, or we will send you a free replacement product. Please note that in order to receive a credit or replacement you will sometimes be asked to return the damaged products due to the courier claims process.

When do I get charged for my subscription?

Your first payment will go through when you sign up. After that, your monthly payment will be deducted on the 23rd of each month.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Log in to your account – you can pause or cancel at any time up till midnight on the day before the 22nd of the month. If you have any issues drop us a line and we’ll get it sorted.

Can I change the frequency of my subscription deliveries?

We can do monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly subscriptions. This can be changed when needed, when logging into your account.  Drop us a line if you need any help.

Delivery

When will my chocolate be delivered?

We send all subscriptions out on the last Monday of each month. We’ll send you a notification email when your box is on its way, including a tracking number. Most subscriptions arrive the day after we ship them but some addresses can take longer (and add 2-3 days for Rural Delivery).

Do I have to be home for delivery?

No, but we recommend it, as a hot day could be a major problem for the contents of your box! If you’re not going to be home we suggest that you either redirect delivery to your workplace, or specify a cool place for the courier to leave your parcel (a chilli bin outside the front door can work well). You can pop a note in the delivery details in your account so the courier knows where to put your box if you missed it on checkout.

How are my chocolates shipped?

We use a next-day nationwide courier service (although Rural Delivery can take a bit longer). Products are carefully packed in a robust mailer box and then inside a bag (to keep it waterproof in case of rain, or even insects!). 

If you won’t be home at the time of delivery we recommend that you either redirect delivery to your workplace, or pop a chilli bin outside your door and put a note to that effect in the shipping notes when you place your order.

How much is delivery?

Overnight delivery to non-rural addresses New Zealand-wide is a flat rate of $6.95 per delivery.
Rural Delivery is $11.50 per delivery.

Do you do Rural Delivery?

Yes; it is an extra $4.55 per delivery. Because rural delivery can take a little longer we recommend rural customers get their chocolate delivered to a non-rural address if they can (it’s for the sake of the chocolate!) but we understand this isn’t always possible.

Can I change my delivery address?

Yep – log in to your account, you’ll be able to manage your address from there. Email kim@thechocolatetour.co.nz if you have any trouble and we’ll help you out. 

Other stuff

Can I order a box as a gift?

Yes – you can buy a one-off box or a pre-paid gift subscription. We also have a range of other gift options available for the chocolate-lovers in your life.