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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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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
ChimChooRee, Hamilton

Dining Options in Hamilton City

With an eclectic array of dining options within Hamilton City, you will never be short of choice. Award-winning restaurants sit alongside popular cafes and eateries providing everything from tastes of Asia to traditional kiwi fare.
Left hand surf break, Raglan, New Zealand

Dining Options in Raglan

Enjoy some classic Fish and Chips on the beach, grab a delicious meal made from fresh local produce, or enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine. With an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients, Raglan’s dining options provide something to suit all tastes.

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.
Cafes, Cambridge, New Zealand

Dining Options in Cambridge

Home to a wide variety of great cafes and restaurants, Cambridge boasts an array of dining options, not to mention gourmet coffee roasters, winemakers and produce growers.

Dining Options in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu offers a wide variety of dining options, from local coffee shops to award winning eateries and everything inbetween. Check out just a sample of the great Te Awamutu cafes and restaurants below.
Waitomo cafe, Waitomo, New Zealand

Dining Options in Waitomo & Surrounds

From award winning restaurants overlooking stunning Waitomo landscapes to great local eateries with a welcoming kiwi atmosphere and everything in between, Waitomo & the surrounding areas of Otorohanga, Piopio, Kawhia and Te Kuiti have plenty of dining options on offer.

Dining Options in North Waikato

With quaint rural cafes and restaurants housed in historical buildings, dining in the North Waikato region is varied and eclectic.
Tirau Corrugated creation, Tirau, South Waikato New Zealand

Dining Options in South Waikato

From top coffee stops to quirky cafes and delicious local fare, check out the range of South Waikato dining options
Te Aroha, New Zealand

Dining Options in Te Aroha

Dine in picturesque cafes inside historic buildings under the gaze of Mt Te Aroha, or enjoy some local art and a spot of shopping with your coffee with the great dining options available in Te Aroha
Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse, Matamata, NZ

Dining Options in Matamata

With Hobbit themed meals and friendly local watering holes, the rural town of Matamata has a wide variety of dining options. Enjoy local pizza, café fare, award winning cheese and more. Check out just a sample of the Matamata dining options below.

Dining Options in Morrinsville

Morrinsville offers a wide variety of dining options and indulgent places to have a coffee and a bite to eat. Enjoy a local gourmet meal, café fare, award-winning cheese and more. Check out just a sample of the Morrinsville dining options below.