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Top Choice Art in Raglan

Toi Hauāuru Studio

Run by local artist Simon Te Wheoro, this excellent gallery and shop is located 2km from Raglan on the road from Hamilton. Contemporary artwork and sculpture with a Māori influence as well as pounamu (greenstone) ca…
Top Choice Tapas in Hamilton

Gothenburg

Relocated to a scenic river-side spot with high ceilings and a summer-friendly deck, Gothenburg has morphed from a bar into our favourite Hamilton restaurant. The menu of shared plates effortlessly spans the globe –…
Top Choice Cave in Waitomo Caves

Glowworm Cave

The guided tour of the Glowworm Cave, which is behind the visitor centre, leads past impressive stalactites and stalagmites into a large cavern known as the Cathedral. The highlight comes at the tour’s end when you …
Top Choice Cafe in Kuaotunu & Around

Luke’s Kitchen & Cafe

In Kuaotunu village, Luke’s Kitchen has a rustic surf shack ambience, cold brews (including craft bars from around NZ) and excellent wood-fired pizza. Occasional live music, local seafood and creamy fruit smoothies …
Top Choice Italian in Cambridge

Alpino cucina e vino

In a heritage former post office, the stylish and elegant yet informal and approachable Alpino cucina e vino is one of the best restaurants in the Waikato region. The main menu focuses on excellent pasta and hearty …
Top Choice Seafood in Coromandel Town

Coromandel Mussel Kitchen

This cool cafe-bar sits among fields 3km south of town. Mussels are served with Thai- and Mediterranean-tinged sauces or grilled on the half-shell. In summer the garden bar is perfect for a mussel-fritter stack and …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Waitomo Caves

Huhu

Huhu has views from the terrace and sublime contemporary NZ food. Sip a Kiwi wine or craft beer – including brews from the local King Country Brewing Co – or graze through a seasonal tapas-style menu of delights lik…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Hamilton

Duck Island Ice Cream

A dazzling array of ever-changing flavours – how does crab-apple crumble or coconut and kaffir lime sound – make Duck Island quite probably NZ’s best ice-cream parlour. The sunny corner location is infused with a hi…
Top Choice International in Raglan

Shack

Brunch classics – try the chickpea-and-corn fritters – and interesting shared-plate mains like tempura squid and star-anise chicken feature at the best cafe in town. A longboard strapped to the wall, wobbly old floo…
Top Choice Cafe in Karangahake Gorge

Bistro at The Falls Retreat

The Bistro at The Falls Retreat is located in a wooden cottage under a shaded canopy of trees. Gourmet pizzas and rustic meat dishes emerge from the wood-fired oven on a regular basis, and there’s a great little pla…