With its central location, a mild climate and regular rainfall, The Waikato is the perfect environment for nurturing homegrown food and drink. From boutique ice cream parlours to high end fine dining restaurants, the Waikato region is a foodie heaven. Multiple award-winning Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton is the perfect place to base yourself when indulging in the best food delights the Waikato has to offer.
Here are some local food hotspots picked by Argent Motor Lodge
Manuka Brothers' Coffee
Manuka Brothers' Coffee used the glowing embers of Manuka wood to roast their coffee beans which gives it more depth and flavour to the roast. "The mix of the coffee and the Manuka Honey is a uniquely New Zealand flavour," says Graeme Hunt, owner of Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton which is Number 1 on Trip Advisor.
Victoria Street Bistro
Victoria Street Bistro boasts a number of awards and is one of the Hamilton city's premier dining experiences. Featuring an intimate atmosphere, beautiful décor and fine dining makes Victoria Street Bistro popular with visitors and locals alike.
Duck Island Ice Cream
A local favourite, Duck Island Ice Cream is a boutique ice cream parlour located in the heart of Hamilton East. Using only organic milk and free-range eggs, Duck Island Ice Cream focuses on creating delicious and daring flavour combinations with a using seasonal ingredients. The team at Argent Motor recommends sampling the Candied Banana and Ginger Caramel.
Established in 1922, the family-owned Viligrad Winery specialises in fine wine, food and entertainment, with an award-winning range of hand-harvested and hand-crafted wines. "A perfect place for a Sunday lunch, The Mediterranean restaurant overlooks the vineyard or you can dine in the cellar amongst the barrels," advises Graeme.
Over the Moon Dairy
The award-winning Over the Moon Dairy makes a wide range of specialty cheeses from locally sourced cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk. Take a visit to their factory and deli shop in taste the award-winning cheeses while also watching the cheese making in action. Argent Motor Lodge recommends tasting the renowned Black Truffle Brie.
Experience the beautiful Waikato countryside while sipping on some locally grown tea at Zealong. "For new visitors to the Waikato region, a visit to New Zealand's only tea plantation, Zealong, is an absolute must see," comments Graeme. Zealong highlights include the tea walk, Zealong story video, traditional tea ceremony and Zealong tea tasting.
About Argent Motor Lodge:
Based in Hamilton, award-winning Argent Motor Lodge is right next door to Waikato Hospital and close to Braemar Hospital as well as being only a few minutes' drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, world famous Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation ranges from one-bedroom apartments to family apartments with wheelchair-accessible facilities and fully equipped kitchens.
Contact Argent Motor Lodge:
Address: 27 Lorne Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 843 9912/0800 275 676 (toll free within New Zealand)
Phone: 0274 587 724