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.
Rocket Coffee, Hamilton, NZ

Hamilton & Waikato - crème de la crema of coffee roasters

Over the past two decades, expert coffee roasters and baristas have sprung up across the Hamilton and 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.
NZ Cheese School, Putaruru, NZ

Waikato Cheese Makers

Fertile soils and a long-standing farming heritage have made the Hamilton & Waikato region renowned for its dairy industry, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also home to some of the best New Zealand cheese makers.

Food and Wine

Fresh and local products and produce is best and Hamilton 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 the numerous farmers markets, and dine at top cafes and restaurants.
Pick your own berries - Waikato NZ

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.