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Best cafés in Waikato

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“Local to its core, Luke’s Kitchen has a relaxed surf vibe along with great food, live music, astonishingly good service & is extremely popular with locals and visitors. A 5 minute drive from Matarangi, Luke’s Kitchen is situated in the laid back village of Kuaotunu; Luke’s is a rustic seaside restaurant with an adjacent café & art gallery creating a hub for locals, tourists and families. Luke’s is a space that has a traditional woodfired pizza oven at its heart, combining good honest food & a terrific array of local craft beers. If pizza doesn’t take your fancy, they have plenty of seafood choices, salads & revolving specials. The café uses local organic coffee, daily homemade cabinet food & baked goods for sale. Luke’s Kitchen regularly host live music for all to enjoy & offer a view that sums up the beauty of the Coromandel. Sit back, relax and relish a true kiwi experience. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 63 locals recommend
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“An iconic spot - amazing breakfast and lunch menu with a great view over Takapuna beach. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
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Shopping Mall
“As the only hybrid shopping complex in NZ and home of Hoyts Flagship Cinema featuring the largest silver screen in the country, a visit to this award winning centre is a must. Te AWA's striking architecture, designed in line with Waikato Tainui's cultural history, is a part of what sets this International Shopping Centre Award winning centre apart from any other centre in Australiasia. With Hamilton's largest selection fashion and major brands including Farmers, Hamilton's largest Witchery, Dejcuba, Novo Shoes, Forever New and more. With over 3,000 freecarparks, no purchase required and with such a huge selection of stores, over 190 at The Base who could not have fun shopping here.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“Excellent coffee and service and delicious food. Try the Sweetcorn and chickpea fritters!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a great local foodie place. You can sit on the huge deck during the day, and there is a big yard for kids to play in. It is not open every night all year round so pays to check they are open before heading out.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
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“This train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand. Enjoy a 1 hour return trip on this scenic narrow gauge mountain railway through regenerating and replanted native kauri forest where unique pottery sculptures line the track. The train includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up the hill to the Eyefull Tower. At the top there are panoramic views out over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Simply the best Sat/Sun morning market in the North Island by far. Great food and coffee too.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Cafe
“Looking for a nice dinner in a great location? Deco has you covered! A 10 minute walk from your stay this is a great choice for those wanting to experience something different. With its Turkish inspired food, fresh New Zealand produce and lush green views you're sure to enjoy your visit.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food and vibes. Visit the rustic Coromandel restaurant. Great vegetarian options and home made ice cream. This place is only open from October until April. Make sure you book a table in advance. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“It offers a range of good food plus cabinet snacks and great coffee and cake. It is open every day till late (well Coromandel late!!)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“Beautiful cafe and gallery in Acacia bay. Tasty food and unique art pieces.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
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“The only cafe/bar around that overlooks the beach. We recommend a beer and hot chips with a view any day of the week. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cafe
“Boutique roastery modern, light-filled cafe with gourmet coffee drinks & vegetarian light fare.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
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“Great coffee and a healthy selection of food and only a short stroll along beach to get there ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A fabulous spot as close to Papamoa Beach as you can get. I've seen dolphins from the restaurant here!”
  • 22 locals recommend