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Fresh and local products and produce is best and the Waikato region is the place to make the most of some of New Zealand’s best. Enjoy award-winning cheese and wine, sample fresh produce such as asparagus or blueberries, browse at the numerous farmers markets, and dine at top cafes and restaurants.

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Waikato Markets

Nothing tastes better than fresh food straight from the source. New Zealand Farmers’ Markets are a great way to meet the people who produce the fresh, tasty food the country is famous for, and the Hamilton & Waikato region is no exception. Not to mention the array of craft and art markets that regularly feature throughout the region.

Restaurants & Dining Options

The Waikato region has an abundance of top quality dining options - from award-winning restaurants and wine & tapas bars to gourmet eateries and cafes.

Locals Supporting Locals: Waikato eateries and stores showcase regional producers

The Waikato region is renowned for its fertile soil, high quality farms and delicious produce, so it’s no surprise that local eateries have developed a reputation for creating fresh seasonal cuisine packed full of ingredients sourced straight from the surrounding countryside.
Rocket Coffee, Hamilton, NZ

Crème de la crema of coffee roasters

Over the past two decades, expert coffee roasters and baristas have sprung up across the Waikato region, creating a major draw for locals and visitors alike.

Top 10 Coffee Spots in Waikato

With a range of artisan coffee roasters calling the region home, and top baristas making delicious brews, there are several great spots to stop for a coffee in the Waikato region.

Best cocktail bars in the Waikato

Looking for a relaxing evening? No matter your preference, the Waikato has you covered with everything from creative cocktails and classic aperitifs to iconic bar drinks.
Duck Island Ice Cream, Hamilton

Top Ice Cream Places in Waikato

Explore top places to grab a scoop of ice cream, sorbet or gelato in the Waikato region.

Pick Your Own Fruit

Fruit never tastes better than when it is freshly picked, and with the array of orchards in the Waikato region offering ‘pick your own’ options, it makes for a great family day out.

Best hot chocolate spots in the Waikato

There’s nothing like a mug of rich hot cocoa on a chilly day to warm you up. Check out some of the region’s best spots to grab yourself a hot choccy.