The Regal Shortbread Co.

Cafes key icon.
Cafes key icon.

Monday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 1:00 pm.


109 Discovery Drive, Whitby, Wellington

0210 274 2681

The Regal Shortbread Co. is a micro-bakery in Whitby specialising in decadent, high-end shortbread - six decadent flavours to be exact. The goodies don’t end there. The ‘Grand Duchess of Shortbread’ Anita whips up daily offerings of her favourite recipes - including her ever-popular orange and date scones, magical South African milk tart and wholemeal sourdough loaves, to name a few. Her packaged gingernut biscuits recently received a bronze award from the NZ Artisan Awards 2022, and the South African Rusks (biscotti the South African way), a nod to her roots, are loved by many. 

The idea for her bakery was born from the need to raise money for her daughter’s German exchange back in 2015. Anita started by baking shortbread, with her daughters selling it to the neighbours - lucky for some! The demand never stopped, her daughter raised enough money to head to Germany and Anita curiously considered the idea of opening her own bakery. 

While spending numerous years dabbling at the local Thorndon Farmers Market, Anita was working on converting her double garage in Whitby into a kitchen and eventually a retail space too. A huge success, Anita’s lucky neighbours now have easy access to shortbread and so much more.

Anita is one of those fortunate few who gets to do what she loves each and every day. Food is her love language and she revels in using it to connect with others. As an exuberant creative, Anita loves to celebrate other local artisans, including Elemental Coffee, Saskia Hendrickse Pottery (for the keep cups), Levant Sweets (for authentic baklava), Little Spoon (for sourdough crumpets) and Mighty Greens (for, you guessed it, the mighty microgreens). 

Check out The Regal Shortbread Co. online for their latest offerings and ordering of their gingernuts (delivery available nationwide). Gingernut gift boxes are a recent addition, perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Words by Nicole Mudgway & Photography by Anna Briggs

Information not correct? Report an error


109 Discovery Drive, Whitby, Wellington

Nearby Places

Nish Café

View of coffee machine and menu on the wall.
Place Porirua
Cafes key icon.

A small, modest spot in the heart of the Whitby shopping precinct, Nish Café may look unassuming but it packs a whole lot of heart.

Similar Places

The Karaage Kid

The side of The Karaage Kid shipping container.
Place Porirua
Restaurants key icon.

A plucky little outfit that packs plenty of punch, The Karaage Kid - brought to you by the team behind Dirty Burger - is out to serve a hearty dose of Asian fusion goodness...

Local Authority

Glass exterior with gold and black signage.
Place Porirua
Cafes key icon.

Less about enforcing rules and more about creating a chill place to enjoy good coffee and food, Local Authority is a pocket-sized coffee spot that packs a punch.

Supply Room

A close up of a giant, tall burger on a table.
Place Porirua
Restaurants key icon.

Is there an eatery in Porirua with a view better than the one at Supply Room? You’d be hard pressed to find one.

Little Green Olive

Little Green Olive exterior.
Place Porirua
Cafes key icon.

A compact but beautiful coffee spot perched on Mana Esplanade in Porirua, Little Green Olive offers superb views along with a range of filling snacks and coffee with a conscience.