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Waikato Region

As the Hamilton & Waikato region is famous for its dairy farming industry, fertile soil and mild climate, it is no surprise that the region has some of the best and freshest local produce.

Local cheese makers have established a name for themselves with award winning artisans producers popping up throughout the region dominating the national cheese awards. Mercer Cheese in the Northern Waikato, Over The Moon Dairy Company from Putaruru, Cloudy Mountain Cheese in Pirongia and Aroha Organic Goat Cheese in Te Aroha are just a few of the top contenders from the Hamilton & Waikato region.

Wine lovers are also spoiled for choice while in the region. Wineries including Vilagrad Winery in Ohaupo, Mystery Creek Wines near the airport and organic Lane’s End Wines just outside of Hamilton are the more well-known wineries. With grape varieties including chardonnay, merlot and gewurtzraminer grown in the region.

The Hamilton & Waikato region's excellent growing climate also plays home to a number of orchards from strawberries to blueberries, lavender to asparagus and even an Oolong Tea plantation, the only one of its kind outside of Asia.

With free range pork, bacon, and eggs on offer along with homemade jams and chutneys from the likes of Wild Country Foods and Savour The Taste at most of the local farmers markets, visitors to the region can take their pick.

Local farmers markets are held most weekends in Hamilton & Cambridge along with a variety of monthly markets selling local foodstuffs of all variety. Breads, honeys, cheese and meats all feature, while top local restaurants, cafés and gourmet food stores act as proud advocates for their regional produce.

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Usage Ideas

Use the old standby of pumpkin to make  a big pot of soup, and serve with fresh artisan bread.


Follow up with the perfect winter crumble - apples, pears or add some frozen berries. Top with vanilla custard.


Make a warming chicken casserole with sweet winter vegetables

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