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Eat and Drink

Fresh, seasonal, locally grown, artisanal - and irresistibly delicious. From top cafes and restaurants and the numerous farmers' markets to award-winning cheese, ice cream and other dairy products, to seasonal asparagus or blueberries (and other berries too), from locally produced wine and craft beer to pasture-raised meats and free-range poultry, the Waikato offers a bounty of foodie experiences.

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Waikato Markets

Fresh food straight from the source - nothing tastes better. The Waikato farmers’ markets are where to find seasonal goodness, whether it’s produce harvested that morning, or a jar of something special made from what’s been locally grown.

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

The Waikato is home to a number of skilled coffee roasters and top baristas making delicious brews - from flat whites and long blacks to cappuccino and macchiato. Here are top spots in the region to get your coffee fix.

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.