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Waikato is the country's fourth-largest region in area and population - it covers 25,000 square kilometres and 460,100 live in its many urban centres and rural districts. Its fine foodie offerings include Port Waikato whitebait in the north, delicious Coromandel farmed oysters and mussels in the east and award-winning cheeses in the rich, green dairy heartland. The likes of Meyer Cheese on the outskirts of Hamilton, Mercer Cheese in north Waikato, Over the Moon Dairy in the south and Aroha Organic Goat Cheese near Te Aroha have all won top national titles.

The Waikato terrain and mild temperate climate are also perfect for growing asparagus, blueberries, strawberries and beef, pork and lamb. A surprise feature is Zealong Tea Estate at Gordonton, now gaining international recognition. It is the country's only commercial tea estate, producing fragrant, flavourful award-winning organic teas and offering warm hospitality and a unique visitor experience.

Wherever you are in the Waikato, you're guaranteed to find markets, roadside vegetable stalls, a decent cup of coffee made from locally roasted beans and cafés and restaurants serving meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, dairy products, honey, craft beers and more sourced from regional suppliers. Hospitality promotional group Waikato Food Inc provides invaluable networking between producers, restaurants and foodies, and it runs the annual Matariki Dish Challenge for chefs, and FermentFest celebrating local cheesemakers and brewers.

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  • 8.00am – 12.00pm
The Cambridge Farmers' Market is a great community market: This is where locals shop, friends and…
  • The Brewery Buidling
  • 14 Anzac Parade
  • Hamilton
Chim-Choo-Ree is located in Hamilton central and specialises in NZ/European style cuisine. Enjoy…
  • 300a Grey St
  • Hamilton
We are a small batch ice cream shop located in Hamilton East, Hamilton, New Zealand. We use organic…
  • 667 Hakarimata Rd
  • RD1
  • Waikato
Goodbugs: the world's first producers of Zesta™ - Fermented Pesto and Hamilton's only producers of
  • Sundays
  • 8.00am – 12.00pm
The Hamilton Farmers' Market is more than a Sunday shopping destination: Hamiltonians come to buy…
  • 298 Victoria Street
  • Hamilton
Mr Pickles is a casual bar and eatery developed by a team of hospitality professionals. We focus on…
Visitors are able to taste a wide range of cheeses at no charge every day in each store, and our…
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