Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Hamilton

Hayes Common

Journey across to Hamilton East to this bustling new opening in a former garage. Thoroughly unpretentious, Hayes Common's versatile menu stretches from acai bowls for breakfast through to dukkah fried eggs or a jerk…
Top Choice Cafe in Raglan

Rock-It Kitchen

Around 3km from town adjacent to surf beaches, Rock-It Kitchen combines rustic decor – it's housed in an old woolshed – with the area's best food. NZ wines and beer from west Auckland's Hallertau brewery combine wit…
Top Choice Malyasian in Hamilton

Madame Woo

The authentic flavours of Malaysian street food are served in this high-ceilinged space just off Victoria St. Partner Asian-inspired cocktails or craft beer with Madame Woo's signature hawker rolls crammed with pork…
Tapas in Hamilton

Gothenburg

Showcasing a scenic riverside spot with high ceilings and a summer-friendly deck, Gothenburg is one of our favourite Hamilton restaurants. The menu of shared plates effortlessly spans the globe – try the pork and ki…
International in Raglan

Shack

Brunch classics – try the chickpea-and-corn fritters – and interesting mains such as kimchi fried rice and slow-roasted lamb shoulder feature at Raglan's best cafe. A longboard strapped to the wall, wobbly old floor…
Modern NZ in Hamilton

Chim Choo Ree

In a heritage building beside the river, Chim Choo Ree focuses on small plates such as tuna tartare with rugby grapefruit, goat curd tortellini, and confit pork belly, plus larger, equally inventive mains using duck…
Ice Cream in Hamilton

Duck Island Ice Cream

A dazzling array of ever-changing flavours – how does rhubarb and Szechuan peppercorn or blackberry, sage and honey sound? – makes Duck Island one of NZ’s best ice-cream parlours. The sunny corner location is infuse…
Modern NZ in Te Awamutu

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar

The decor is a tad stark at this spacious upstairs eatery, but a friendly local welcome and plenty of Waikato sunshine easily counter any misgivings about ambience. Shared tapas plates, good pizza, and a decent wine…
Cafe in Raglan

Pantry

Previously dubbed the Raglan Social Club, this spacious and sunny location on the main street reopened in October 2017 as the Pantry. Look forward to excellent counter food – including fresh salads prepared daily – …
Modern NZ in Hamilton

Palate

Simple, sophisticated Palate has a well-deserved reputation for lifting the culinary bar across regional NZ. The innovative menu features highlights such as beef-cheek ravioli with smoked mushroom and a blue-cheese …