Top Choice International in Raglan


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 Tapas in Hamilton


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 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 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…
Modern NZ in Hamilton


Simple, sophisticated Palate has a well-deserved reputation for lifting the culinary bar across regional NZ. The innovative menu features highlights like red roasted duck with yams, scallops, shiitake and a chilli b…
International in Hamilton

Scott’s Epicurean

This gorgeous joint features swanky leather banquettes, pressed-tin ceilings, great coffee and an interesting and affordable menu: try the pytti panna (Swedish bubble-and-squeak) for breakfast or the ever-popular sp…
Pub Food in Rangiriri

Rangiriri Hotel

Next to the Rangiriri Heritage Centre is the historic Rangiriri Hotel, a cheery spot for lunch or a beer.
Cafe in Hamilton

River Kitchen

River Kitchen does things with simple style: cakes, gourmet breakfasts and fresh seasonal lunches (angle for the salmon hash), and a barista who knows his beans. It’s the kind of place you visit for breakfast, come …
Supermarket in Hamilton

Pak 'n Save

North of downtown Hamilton.
Japanese in Raglan

Aloha Market Place

Rolled-to-order sushi, udon noodles and donburi rice bowls, all with a touch of hip Hawaiian-Japanese surfer style. Check out the great selection of surfing and rock music posters.