The Waikato Artisan Foodie Tour
Sat-Sun 21-22 July
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The Waikato boasts fertile land, natural beauty…and a rich foodie culture. Join us for an exquisite taste of what the region has to offer – sample delectable artisan foods, meet the entrepreneurs behind the brands, savour a fine high tea at a sumptuous estate, learn how to serve the perfect barista coffee, and experience ‘earth to plate’ dining with locally-sourced and home-grown ingredients. Relax in an air-conditioned minibus while you enjoy the rolling countryside.
It’s a 2-day tour, but you can attend either or both days.
Also optionally, stay at one of the NZ PURE TOUR’s beautiful private country estates to really experience the best in Kiwi lifestyle.
Start the day with an optional lavish breakfast at 1930’s English Cherry Tree Manor just outside Hamilton.
Then be treated with a visit to an exclusive country estate where you will be transported into the Georgian era with a tour of this magnificent home, followed by a high tea fit for a king.
Then, it’s from royalty to Raglan as we wind our way through the beautiful Waikato landscape to this lively coastal surf town. This close-knit community is filled with artisan food producers, with stories as unique as the town itself. You will enjoy a tasting of the local fare along with a three-course lunch overlooking the working wharf and harbour.
Then stroll through the town and visit the artisan shops and variety of interesting and quirky stores. Take a break with a divine pairing of locally roasted coffee and handmade chocolate, before making a leisurely return to English Cherry Tree Manor close to Hamilton.
Tour start time: 9:00am Tour end time: 5:00pm
In the evening, there is dinner at one of NZ’s finest restaurants. It’s not a mandatory part of the tour, but it would be great to attend and share experiences of the day with others from the tour.
Start the day with an optional lavish breakfast at 1930’s English Cherry Tree Manor just outside Hamilton. Then we will make our way to the Farmer’s Market to taste and enjoy a variety of Waikato artisan foods, meet the producers, and have an opportunity to buy the produce to take home.
There’s only one thing better than enjoying a good cup of coffee, and that’s having bragging rights to being a barista. Learn the art of making the perfect brew from the master roaster, then relax and enjoy your coffee with a treat, while looking out over the rural landscape.
You can take advantage of a fun photo opportunity in front of a local landmark, before an award-winning dining experience. Slow cooked rustic food, a roaring log fire in a beautiful country setting and an ‘earth to plate’ philosophy, makes for the perfect lunch break. You will get to see the garden from which the kitchen sources ingredients, as well as drink in the sight of the beautiful waterfall close by.
Then, it’s back to Hamilton, but not before getting a close look at some of the iconic metal masterpieces created by local artist, Adrian Worsley. On our return to English Cherry Tree Manor you can relax while enjoying the variety of Waikato cheeses the region is so famous for.
Tour start time: 9:00am Tour end time: 4:00pm
Optionally, at English Cherry Tree Manor, start with a breakfast of fresh warm pastries, free range eggs, local bacon, black pudding, fresh orange juice, muesli ….
Feel like royalty with a refined high tea at a stately Georgian-style manor overlooking landscaped gardens. Then be transported into a bygone era with a tour of this grand manor.
Next, explore Raglan, a lively seaside retreat that has a close-knit community with a vibrant atmosphere and a wide variety of artisan foods.
Among the many treats, there’s a three-course lunch taste experience.
The dishes vary, but when it’s fish, you can be sure it’s fresh just landed at the wharf.
Combine two of the town’s greatest attractions – surfing, and the enjoyment of fine artisan coffee 😊.
Optionally, in the evening, join with others from the tour to savour dinner on the banks of the Waikato at one of NZ’s finest restaurants with the owner and head chef who served his time at Michelin star prestigious London cafes before returning to the Waikato.
On the second day, you are off to the local market for tastings and passionate talks by artisans about their high-quality food and drink offerings.
Learn to make coffee like a barista with the guidance of the master roaster, in a rural farm setting. Then enjoy your brew with a delectable treat while you soak in the beautiful countryside.
Have lunch at a top restaurant with food sourced from the kitchen garden …
… located at a beautiful part of the Waikato.
On the trip back, stop at a sculpture gallery that is a feast for the eyes.
Finally, taste some fine Waikato breads, cheeses and wine. In New Zealand, the Waikato is in the vanguard of producing unpasteurised milk cheeses, which are highly beneficial to the microbiome that science now recognises as being so important to health.