We can turn grass into milk more efficiently than anywhere in the world.
Attitude of people
Always nice to visit, so much to see and do
Here you can buy maps and great information on NZ's walks. These can be hard to find, but this shop has it all!! Topographical maps, marine charts, overseas maps, travel guides. Globes.Information about walks in New Zealand with maps, and some books about native animals/birds and fauna.more
The Novotel Tainui is the only 4 star hotel in Hamilton. Standard Rooms are available for about...more
Popular little character cafe, which I will be frequenting from now on. Love the old decor and funky atmosphere, very interesting to see such a wide agegroup range, and fun to sit and observe. They have four old art deco tables pushed together to form one centrepiece large square table, where more than one group can sit and feel separate to the...more
When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.more
Approaching Tirau from the south, you will see a big castle on a hill. Of course we don't have castles in New Zealand and this one is actually a cafe where you can stop for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Being a castle freak, I was intrigued enough to go up and have a look, but I didn't stop for food. There is a gift shop inside and the...more
The Christmas Heirloom Company sells Christmas decorations all year round. They have the most incredible selection of trees and themed decorations - some traditional stuff, and more quirky ideas too. I saw a tree decorated with surfing santas and penguines wearing shades! Lots of glitter, sparkle and all things Christmassy. A lot of people like to...more
This is the BEST hotel I've ever visited! (And I travel a lot!) The rooms were impeccably clean,...more
One thing I'd like to come and Visit New Zealand is to see this place of the Hobbiton where the Movie Lords of the Ring Filmed. Nobody can't come straight here without booking first at Matama town, After returning back home I wanted to watched the film again the Lords of the ring to see where we have been walking at the Hobbiton placemore
Waitomo Caves Village, RD7, Otorohanga, North Island, 9999, New Zealand
Good for: Business
-Never touch stalactites and stalagmites!!!Your fingers release grease that seals the limestone, so the lime cannot stick to the stone, and further growth is inhibited.Fragile young formations can break, others get discoloured.Several people not sticking to this rule, and the development of the caves is ruined forever.more
Vinnies has been in Raglan for over 14 years and has forged a good reputation during that time. Although not the original owners, not much has changed. Residing in an historic Kauri cottage, you can buy local arts here as well. A Café by day, and Restaurant by night, there is something to suit most here. An easy short walk from the Hotel, and close...more
The room was very clean and big but the kitchen facilities where a bit limited. Lovely owners and...more
Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful 55m waterfall just outside the town of Raglan (13 kms). It is also within reasonable driving distance from the city of Hamilton.To get there heading towards Raglan, turn left off State Highway 23 to Te Mata. Once past the little village of Te Mata, turn left on to Kawhia Road (this is a no exit road) and continue on...more
It's a short drive out of Cambridge into the more rural area to find The LilyPad Café, but well worth the effort.The setting is made more interesting with the inclusion of garden art and an art shop in the grounds. Staff are friendly, the feeling is warm and interesting and the place is bustling with activity. People often come from far and wide to...more
63 Hamilton Road, Cambridge, New Zealand
Good for: Families
Te Aroha Mineral Spas - Spa use natural soda water. They have raised their price from 15 to 17 for 30 minutes. There is a bottom for the bubble spa. For the older one you need to come out the spa to press the bottom. So if you are going there, ask for one that you don't have to go outside. I suggest backpacker to come to this place for a shower if...more
This site has a wild range of services. Backpackers, tent sites, power sites, on-site caravans,...more
When you see these Department of Conservations warning signs, take heed of them, as they will be there for a very good reason. New Zealand bush is dangerous and many visitors are injured by failing to heed general common sense rules, such as Read the Warning Sign and abide by it.more
If there is a strong Westerly wind, and especially after a wet storm, then there will be a lot of water flying around. This also makes the track wet and slippery.Just take care with clambering over rocks for example, as you can slip and get seriously hurt.more
Situated just 10 mins drive from Matamata, the Wairere Falls walk is a nice group activity if you are in the area. Just a 45 mins walk both ways, it doesn't take all day to do. I often walk up here with friends either at the beginning or the end of the day.You can see the track is sometimes steep, and can be slippery when wet, but in general it is...more
About 5kms south of Cambridge on Tirau Road a lovely, clean cafe to stop for lunch when driving the North Isalnd. Indoor cafe area as well as large green outdoor area with shade, picnic tables and children's playground. Pets allowed to run here.
Wide menu including gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as hearty meals for carnivores.
Friendly staff, ample servings and good prices.
Everything was clean and food was fresh and delicious.
Also sells a few souvenier-y things.
Plenty of free parking for cars , campers and trucks.
Favorite Dish: Great to find several home-made vegetarian options, as well as Gluten free, at what I would usually regard as a truck stop. Cakes and slices as well as meals, burgers and breakfast.
Something for everyone - kids to rugby players - at affordable prices.
Favorite thing: You MUST visit the Green Hill Country of the Shire of MIDDLE EARTH!!! Go to the Information Office in Matamata and find out when the next bus is running. Most enthusiasts of Tolkiens work enjoy the visit. But if you are not really into LOTR you may find it a little uninteresting.
Please respect the private property and that this is an operational farm. Keep to the track. It is also advisable to refrain from venturing to the rivers edge as there are obstacles such as wet bogland and hazardous holes like the one in the photo which has water flowing underneath. Keeping to the track is the safest pathway to take.more
These small town taverns are often worth a visit.The Friday Night Bar meals are fairly popular with the locals too. If you are in the area, this could be an opportunity to dine with real country kiwis!But be aware, Waihou and this little pub, are not close to the River walk. The walk is named after the Waihou River not Waihow township.more
Conveniently positioned about half way along the Waihou Walkway track, is this very 'modern' Bio Loo. Basic and spartan, but functional and relatively clean all the same. Beats sitting on a thornbush or having animals watch while you relieve yourself in the woods. And it's environmentally friendly, ever so important these days. Just spinkle some of...more
Kawhia has a reputation for fresh fish so it makes sense to try their catch while here. Annies is a pleasant, comfortable place to eat with fine food to match. Situated in the main street of Kawhia, you can park right outside or nearby and enjoy your visit.
We were intrigued by how the lovely Maori girl serving us broke into an almost different language to talk to her friends who came it. It was still English but with the unique dialect of the locals. Probably more a style than dialect, but interesting all the same.
Service was of a very high standard, polite, friendly and efficient.
Around the walls of the café are local art examples, which on the day we were there, depicted Maori women.
Annies also has an Internet Café attached for your convenience.
Favorite Dish: I can never really describe a favourite, as generally I don't go through the menu on a visit. However if you are a visitor to NZ and want to try something unique, then try the Whitebait Fritters. I don't go for them, but then I have the chance to try them anyway. But if you are a visitor to the country this is a great opportunity. Always remember with seafood to try it on the coast, where it should be freshest. If you are inland you know it has been transported.
Kawhia is also famous for Flounder fish, so here is a chance to try that if you like. Here at Annies I had a very nice Savoury Muffin followed by a sweet slice, along with very nice espresso coffee.
6 March 2013 - Waikato is one of several regions of the North Island of New Zealand that have been declared drought zones. This means we must conserve water, and take care not to light fires. The...