About Baxters Catering


Baxter’s Catering is a unique success story.

As a young man, the owner, Hamish Murphy, began his career with a chemistry degree from Victoria University but instead sold coffee and hot dogs at Wellington Railway Station.  Starting in the 1990s, he plied his trade for several years before getting the opportunity to buy the business in 2003, and took the chance. In doing so, he launched himself into a management career in the food and hospitality sector which already has exceeded a decade.

Since 2003 he and his wife Kim have grown Baxters Catering, with more outside catering units, a commercial kitchen premises in Elsdon, and a successful event catering operation, across a wide product range of food offerings.  Today the business is well recognised in this sector, with a high reputation for quality, generous portions, and good service.

Over the past 38 years, Baxters Catering Services has catered for over 10,000 business and family events and served more than 150,000 meals from caravans at sports and public events. In the process, Baxters Catering Services has been dealing with a cross section of society, and establishing a reputation which precedes the business.

Baxters Catering operate a core staff of five employees, but may contract up to 60 casuals during the summer season or for special large events. Core permanent staff cover sales and marketing, operations, accountancy, and HR functions. Each catering job has an on the ground manager, who ensures that the site runs smoothly.  Food cooking and preparation is undertaken at our premises under the supervision of qualified chefs.

All our staff are trained to high standards, and under the importance of quiet, efficient operations without interrupting the event or the occasion.
Baxters Catering is the owner of several well-known Wellington catering brands.  If you see these logos, you know it is the Baxter’s team who are behind them, bringing their own professional standards to the operations of these companies.

Baxters Catering Brands

Great American Hot Dog Company

Make sure your guests love your event and don’t go hungry – an American hotdog stand is the perfect way to give your guests filling food at a low cost! Not only that, but you are offered a completely versatile food stall or caravan for your event which can be set up almost anywhere.

Thai 2U

This is another Baxters Catering operation. Bringing you unique Thai flavours to events from the beautiful Thai 2U food truck.

Corporate Caterers

This is another Baxters Catering operation. Largely for the corporate catering market, Wellington Caterers operate to the same high quality standards and staff as Baxters Catering.

High Quality One Stop Shop!

Baxters Catering can help with any type of event from weddings to BBQ’s. Below is an over view of what we offer to help give you an idea of what catering options are available for your next event or celebration.


  • Wedding Packages
  • Seated Dinners
  • Buffets
  • Spit Roast
  • BBQ’s
  • Bar Staff
  • Glass Hire
  • Venue Setup
  • Linen Hire

Corporate Catering

  • Client Functions
  • Finger Food
  • Meeting Catering
  • Afternoon & Morning Tea
  • Bar Staff
  • Glass Hire
  • Linen Hire

Private Events

  • Spit Roast Catering
  • BBQ Catering
  • Finger Food
  • Bar Staff
  • Glass Hire
  • Birthday Cakes

Event Catering

  • Caravan / Food Truck
  • American Hotdogs
  • Spit Roast
  • Ice Cream
  • Finger food
  • Buffet
  • Thai Food

Past events catered for by Baxter’s Event Catering

Throughout our time in event catering, we have served great quality food to a variety of events – from small annual fairs to large sporting events. Please read below for a list of events we have catered for.

Large events

  • International cricket matches at Basin Reserve, Wellington, and Mclean Park, Napier and the Bay Oval Mount Maunganui
  • Wanganui Cemetery Circuit motor bike race
  • Te Maura Family Speedway in Upper Hutt
  • Vodafone Home Grown Concerts
  • Trentham & Tauherenikau Race Courses
  • Golden Oldies International Rugby tournament In Wellington
  • Wings over Wairarapa air show

These events are only to name a few of the events we cater annually.

Fairs and smaller events

  • Karori Fair
  • Thorndon Fair
  • Petone Fair
  • Kilbirnie Festival
  • Brooklyn Fair
  • Lower Hutt Maori Fair
  • Newtown Fair
  • Island Bay Fair
  • Waitangi Day at Frank Kitts Park
  • Wellington Cup, Trentham horse races
  • Wairarapa Air Show
  • Petone Waterfront Fair
  • Club rugby matches in Wellington
  • Other sports events

Corporate and private event catering

  • Bond and Bond Mega Store opening in Wellington & other major retail openings
  • Computerland golf course giving away hotdogs at the 9th hole
  • Actrix Company (indoor Grand Prix go carting) staff function and team building exercise
  • Kilbirnie Recreation centre – for Saatchi & Saatchi kids Christmas Party
  • Westpac Trust St James Theatre – for Lucent Technology Kids Christmas Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers Rugby Super 12 party
  • Outside a warehouse in Hutt City a 4th July American Independence Day Celebration for Digital Microwave Systems.
  • Inside a church of the Salvation Army a party, for Kids in Need
  • On the coast for a mystery bus ride for the clients of 90ZM, the theme for the bus ride was a trip ‘around the world’ and the destination we represented was American