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. Check out just a sample of the great North Waikato cafes and restaurants below.

Zealong Tea Estate, Gordonton

Zealong Tea Estate, Gordonton

Zealong Tea Estate is the perfect location for a cultural escape, fine dining, tour or even a special event. Zealong Tea Estate has something for everyone. You can relax over a high tea at the Zealong Tea House, sample special Zealong tea or take something home with you from their retail boutique.

Location: 495 Gordonton Road, Gordonton
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday
Phone: +64 7 853 3018
More Info / Menu: www.zealong.com


Profs@Woodlands Cafe, Gordonton

Profs@Woodlands Cafe, Gordonton

Nestled in the historic Woodlands estate grounds, Profs@Woodlands café is located 15 minutes from Hamilton in Gordonton, North Waikato. Open from breakfast to afternoon tea, their innovative menu showcases the best of Waikato produce and they have a selection of delectable cabinet-style offerings. The coffee at Profs is legendary and the sprawling grounds offer a grand view of the historic estate and grounds.

Location: 42 Whitikahu Road, Gordonton
Phone: +64 27 469 0694
More Info / Menu: www.profs.co.nz


Willow Glen Cafe, Gordonton

Willow Glen Cafe, Gordonton

Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and coffee, Willow Glen is a peaceful café in North Waikato. Boasting a ‘Farmer’s Big Breakfast’ homemade muesli, pancakes, Beef Burgers, Chicken Pitas and a selection of cabinet food on the menu, Willow Glen will have something to suit everyone.

Location: 934 Gordonton Road, Gordonton
Phone: +64 7 824 3691
More Info / Menu: www.willowglen.nz


The Essex Arms & Odd Spoon Cafe, Huntly

Odd Spoon Cafe, Waikato

The Essex Arms & Odd Spoon Cafe, Huntly

A beautiful art deco café & restaurant in the heart of Huntly, the Essex Arms & Odd Spoon Cafe provides a private garden area and late night dining from Friday – Sunday. With a selection of homemade cabinet food available and dine in or take out options, Essex Arms & Odd Spoon Cafe is perfect for a quick bite to eat for a meal with friends & family

Location: Essex Hotel, 151 Main Street, Huntly
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday
Phone: +64 7 828 7179


Nikki's Kitchen, Huntly

Nikki's Kitchen, Huntly

Nikki's Kitchen is a local cafe/bakery located in North Waikato. You can choose from many delicious options such as bacon and eggs on toasted ciabatta or creamy mushrooms on nine-grain toast from L&P Cafe & Bar.

Location: 93 Main Street, Huntly, New Zealand
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday
Phone: +64 7-828 9252
More Info / Menu: nikkikitchennz.wordpress.com/


Aoraki Coffee Roaster, Hampton Downs 

Aoraki Coffee Roaster, Hampton Downs 

Internationally award-winning coffee roaster and café based at the Hampton Downs visitor centre. Aoraki Coffee Roaster offers mouth-watering food and world medal-winning coffee including all-day breakfast, lunch and function menu. 

Location: 20 Hampton Downs Road, RD 2, Te Kauwhata, Waikato
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday
Phone: 09 930 9207
More Info / Menu:www.aorakicoffee.co.nz


Nikau Caves & Café, Tuakau

Nikau Caves & Café, Tuakau

Nestled amongst the rolling green countryside of the North Waikato region, Nikau Café is a real hidden gem. The café serves seasonally inspired cuisine, source locally where possible, and boast a range of indoor and outdoor seating options. Plus visitors can also take a tour through the Nikau Caves.

Location: 1779 Waikaretu Valley Road, Tuakau
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 9 233 319
More Info / Menu:  www.nikaucave.co.nz


Tuakau Hotel Restaurant, Tuakau

Tuakau Hotel Restaurant, Tuakau

Situated inside the historic Tuakau Hotel building, the Tuakau Hotel Restaurant offers a diverse menu, complimented by a selection of locally grown seasonal produce. With indoor and outdoor dining options, and the beautifully restored hotel settings, Tuakau Hotel’s restaurant is popular with hotel guests, locals and visitors alike.

Location: 1-3 George Street, Tuakau
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 9 236 8084
More Info / Menu:  www.tuakauhotel.co.nz


The India Restaurant & Bar, Tuakau

The India Restaurant & Bar, Tuakau

The India Restaurant & Bar offers the best out of Indian cuisine. The menu offers a wide range of authentic Indian vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Food such as Butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, chilli chicken, Dal makhani, as well as cooked fresh Entree on slow charcoal on the same time. Each dish has its own flavour, aroma & prepared by spices herbs by ourselves. The India Restaurant is the perfect relaxing place for a quick lunch, take-away or a romantic dinner.

Location:  37 B George Street, Tuakau
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 9 236 9800
More Info / Menu: india-restaurant-bar-tuakau


Hopin Stopin Cafe,  Tuakau

Hopin Stopin Cafe,  Tuakau

Welcome to Hopin Stopin, the roadside cafe sitting beside the mighty Waikato River. Stop by for a relaxing cup of coffee and homemade treats or enjoy a hot cooked meal made from the heart. Hopin Stopin offers awesome all-day breakfasts, gorgeous quiches and colourful salads, as well as the biggest sandwiches you have ever seen - freshly made daily from the cabinet or made to order. Also, you can order massive Fish& Chips, Steak and Scallop meals served with chips and a huge salad. 

Location: 60 Great South Road, Taupiri
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 7 824 6188
More Info / Menu: Hopin-Stopin-Cafe


Muddy Waters Irish Pub & Restaurant, Mercer

Muddy Waters Irish Pub & Restaurant, Mercer

The special blend of Muddy’s hospitality and top-notch meals will have you coming back for more. Conveniently located at Riverbank Road, Mercer, with easy access to the SH1 off and on ramps, Muddys is the perfect place to stop to refuel and relax. The large wrap around deck leading to a grassed garden area makes for a relaxing stop for families, with plenty of safe space for the kids to let off some steam after a long car ride.

Location: 36 Riverbank Road, Mercer
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 9 233 6663
More Info / Menu: muddywatersirishpub.co.nz/


Phat Pattie - The Burger Shop, Ngaruawahia

Phat Pattie - The Burger Shop, Ngaruawahia

Phat Pattie is serving up made-with-love burgers to fill your hearts and pukus! Beef, Chicken & Vegie Burgers, Keto/Gluten Free options are available.

Location: 2 Durham Street, Ngaruawahia
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday
Phone: +64 27 742 8728
More Info / Menu: Phat-Pattie-The-Burger-Shop


Breaking Bread Cafe and Eatery, Ngaruawahia

Breaking Bread Cafe and Eatery, Ngaruawahia

Breaking Bread Cafe and Eatery is a wonderful little cafe in the heart of Ngaruawahia offering delicious meals including gluten & dairy-free options.

Location: Corner of Great South Road and Newcastle St, Ngaruawahia
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday
Phone: +64 7 949 8141
More Info / Menubreakingbreadcafeandeatery


Poppas Rainbow Cafe, Ngaruawahia

Poppas Rainbow Cafe offers a delicious menu and fast & friendly service.

Location: 120 Great South Road, Ngaruawahia
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday
Phone: +64 7 824 8090
More Info / Menu: poppas-rainbow-cafe