A second Breakfast: Foodie finds in Hamilton & Waikato

The same rich farmland that has made the Hamilton & Waikato region a hub for the dairy industry has provided the basis for top level local producers and chef’s to create award winning not to mention utterly delicious dining options – perfect for ‘second breakfast’, ‘elevenses’ and so on.

Foodie finds in Hamilton & Waikato


High tea at Zealong, Gordonton, NZ

Suggested foodie finds in the Hamilton & Waikato region include:

  • Award winning restaurants and city dining in Hamilton
  • Top wineries including Vilagrad Winery and Mystery Creek Winery
  • Forage for your own Blueberries at Monovale Blueberries
  • Stop for New Zealand’s best pie (2011,12) at NZ’s top bakery (2012), Viands Bakery in Kihikihi
  • Dine on Hobbit inspired pizza at the Redoubt in Matamata
  • Meet friendly folk in country cafés
  • Source local produce at the many farmers markets
  • Learn how to make your own Cheese, or just find delicious locally made cheeses at Over The Moon Dairy Co
  • Try honey from different hives throughout the region from Sweetree Honey
  • Visit New Zealand’s only Oolong Tea plantation at Zealong Tea Estate and try the Discover Tea experience

Award Winners


With a rich dairy farming and agricultural sector it is no wonder the region produces some award winning cuisine including:

  • Good George Brewery, Hamilton
    • Sparkling Ale: NZ Brewers Guild Awards - Gold
    • Doris Plum Cider: NZ Brewers Guild Awards - Silver
  • Chim Choo Ree Restaurant, Hamilton
    • Cuisine Magazine Best Regional Restaurant Award
  • Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton 
    • Montheith’s Wild Food Challenge winner
  • Smith & McKenzie Chophouse, Hamilton
    • Hospitality New Zealand Best Restaurant Award
  • Vilagrad Winery, Ohaupo 
    •  Pinot Gris: New Zealand International Wine Show Awards – Gold
  • Over the Moon Dairy Company, Putaruru
    • Champion Soft White Rind Cheese Award - NZ Champions of Cheese Awards
    • Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award - NZ Champions of Cheese Awards
  • Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Te Aroha
    • Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker - NZ Champions of Cheese Awards
    • Champion Goat Cheese Award - NZ Champions of Cheese Awards
  • Mercer Cheese, North Waikato
    • Champion Sheep Cheese Award - NZ Champions of Cheese Awards
  • Meyer Gouda Cheese
    • Champion New Cheese Award - NZ Champions of Cheese Award
  • Sweetree Honey
    •  Dried Bee Pollen: National Beekeepers Association Awards - Gold
    • Special Reserve Honey: National Beekeepers Association Awards - Silver

A local's guide to great artisan food in Waikato, NZ

A local's guide to great artisan food in Waikato, NZ