Food and drink in Waikato Region

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Road trips

Six unmissable road trip detours on the Thermal Explorer Highway

Head off the main route on the Thermal Explorer Highway to discover these six unmissable Kiwi Gems between Auckland and Hawke's Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Find zen at Zealong Tea Estate

Slow down and enjoy the ancient rituals of a tea ceremony at Zealong Tea Estate in Waikato.  Read the story . . . 

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Pick your own fruit

Make the most of the season’s bounty by picking your own selection of berries and summer fruits.   Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Indulge: food and drink in Waikato

From fried chicken to retro cafés, handy road trip pitstops, secret cocktail bars or fish and chips with sea views, the Waikato region has many great options for eating out.  Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Waikato

If you’re looking to get the family out for some fresh air or indulge in a sweet treat, these Waikato activities are worth exploring. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way through Hamilton, our biggest inland city. Read the story . . . 

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South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from the strong arms of Kiwi farming country. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

It’s part of the Raglan vibe that you can walk the main street and find visitors from all over the world who have come to check out the place with the longest left-hand surf breaks. Read the story . . . 

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Waipā: a slice of royalty in the Waikato

From famous athletes to horse racing, cycling and connections to royalty – there's a lot to discover in Waikato's Waipā District. Read the story . . . 

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