FINER DINING

St Kilda Café & Bistro

St Kilda Cafe & Bistro serves up seriously delicious, contemporary New Zealand bistro fare, and is a fantastic place to visit for a whole host of occasions. Be it an impromptu get together with friends, a special family celebration, or an informal business meeting, St Kilda Cafe & Bistro can cater to your needs. Bring the kids and enjoy watching on as they play in the adjacent playground (a favourite Friday afternoon pastime for locals!). Take a stroll around the St Kilda wetland, or cycle in from town on the dedicated cycle path and make an afternoon of it. Open for brunch through to dinner 7 days a week. www.stkildabistro.co.nz

Onyx

At Onyx, they take food seriously and only deliver the very best in range, taste & quality. They are passionate about hospitality and doing their bit for the environment. From big breakfasts & eggs benedict at brunch, salads & open steak sandwiches at lunch and fresh market fish, chicken, slow cooked lamb & sirloin steak at dinner, and gourmet pizzas day or night, they have a dish to delight everyone.  The team are also known for excellence and friendliness, creating a loyal fan base. www.onyxcambridge.co.nz

Alpha St Kitchen and Bar

Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar is a modern eatery in the heart of Cambridge, offering one of the Waikato’s best dining experiences for lunch, dinner and everything in between. Serving fresh innovative food that’s delicious with just a little fuss. Their food is complemented with great coffee, boutique wines, craft beers and professional friendly service. www.alphast.co.nz

Pony Bar + Provisions

Located in heart of Cambridge serving a menu which combines a mix of Spanish, Mexican & New Wave Asian influenced street food with an emphasis on delicious & interesting. They are known for their Tapas and also have a menu available for the little ones. Dine-in and enjoy the cosy, relaxed atmosphere or takeaway. Enjoy Pony’s great tasting cuisine backed by a friendly team with an interesting selection of drinks including a range of New Zealand wine, cocktails, tap beer and non-alcoholic drinks. www.ponycambridge.co.nz

The Henley

Delectable dining, creative cuisine, wonderful wines, cool cocktails. Great food and amazing wines are one of the joys of life, and at The Henley, they are simply passionate about food from their divine dining options & memorable menus to their bespoke wine cellar full of surprises.  The dining options are not just for the lucky hotel guests…The Henley is open for decadent dinners, fabulous functions, cool cocktails and their famous Henley high teas…or just call in for a sneaky G&T in the garden and their dedicated Henley team will be delighted to welcome you. www.thehenley.co.nz

Que Bar

The newest kid in town, you will find Que Bar on Cambridges classy Empire street. This funky wine bar and eatery serve only the best, beautiful wines, and beverages from around the world. Paired up with fresh delicious food such as duck confit, slow roasted pork belly and of course some classic cheese and charcuterie boards……you’ll need to make it a regular stop. Sit inside or grab some sun at their footpath tables. www.quebar.co.nz

Alpino Cambridge

A touch of Italy in the heart of Cambridge. Experience the warmth, flavour, and vivaciousness of Italy melded together with beautiful local produce and impeccable service. This is an immersive dining experience created to delight, indulge, and inspire your curiosity. From the kitchen to your plate there is nothing but passion, flavour and really good wine. www.alpino.co.nz


CRAFTY & SMOKEY

Smoke Collective Barbecue

For the best Barbeque in town ….see the Smoke Collective for low n slow smoked beef brisket, pork belly, ribs, burgers and more. Their meat is rubbed with herbs & spices then smoked from 6 to 14 hours with hickory and mesquite wood pallets. The beef patties are made in house with 100% NZ beef brisket then smoked and chargrilled for awesome flavour. Dine-in or Order Online and get a taste of food that feeds your soul! www.smokecollectivebarbecue.co.nz

Good Union

Get together in this renovated church and large garden bar for good things – Good food, good beer and good company. This gastropub in the middle of Cambridge is a firm local favourite with friendly service and excellent modern pub fare. Good Union is also the home of Good George Brewing in Cambridge. New Zealand-owned, world-class beer and cider, fresh and original, and proudly brewed in Hamilton. Voted NZs best pub in 2019, put this on your hit list. There are several spaces and sizes available for group occasions too. www.goodunion.co.nz

Koi Spice Craft and Whiskey Lounge

Koi is a modern Indian-Malaysian restaurant, offering authentic Indian and Malaysian inspired cuisine. Koi provide flavoursome cuisine, whether you dine-in for lunch or dinner in their contemporary restaurant or prefer the convenience of takeaway.  Koi is fully licensed with a wide range of options from craft beers, wine, whiskey and other spirits. You will experience a warm welcome, friendly service and truly amazing Indian and Indian-Malaysian inspired meals. www.koilounge.co.nz

Sahara India

Sahara India offer a combination of authentic Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Along with your favourite Indian dishes, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala & Lamb Rogan Josh they have several tasty mediterranean numbers such Lamb Shanks, Pasta or Greek Feast (grilled lamb cutlets). Dine-in and enjoy a great dining experience with their friendly team or ‘Order Online’ with takeaway pickup or delivery. www.saharaindia.co.nz


THE HEALTHY FIX

The Bikery Cafe

The Bikery crew believe in clean, fresh, interesting food, with a bit of love. Their menu makes the most of local seasonal produce and includes wholesome free-range goodness. They do their best to make sure there is something for every tummy with gluten free and dairy free options, as well as vegetarian and a vegan option or two. They create nearly everything inhouse and only buy in foodie items that some other special folk do much better. The Bikery Cafe started pedalling in June (2016) and it based at the National Velodrome on the outskirts of Cambridge. www.thebikery.co.nz

Crave

Crave is a small but bustling contemporary healthy eating, “grab-and-go” cafe on the corner of Empire and Alpha streets, in the CBD of Cambridge. Here, they serve nothing but fresh and natural foods which are lovingly crafted to ensure it tastes like food you’d want to eat every single day. Fresh, homemade, delicious, healthy food, with vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian options. Grab and go or get delivered to you within Cambridge. www.mycrave.co.nz

Forage Juice

Serving up nutritious and wholesome food that tastes great. Forage Juice was developed to provide a range of products that are authentic and have been developed with the guidance of a nutritionist to maximise the impact the nutrition has on you.  Each product in the Forage range, provides a legitimate nutritional benefit to the individual. No Chemicals, No Added Sugar, No Preservatives, No Pasteurization, No HPP, No Gluten. From cold pressed smoothies to tonics, Wholefood salads, Raw sweet treats and more.  Forage is also a wholefoods and ecostore refillery. www.foragejuice.co.nz

Paddock

Paddock embraces its small space in the middle of the main street, making delicious coffee and serving great food within a vibrant but chilled atmosphere. The young & talented team use the best produce available and make an effort to ensure use of organic seasonal fruits & vegetables & free-range meats, sourced locally where possible. Coffee is sourced from the amazing people at Supreme, providing delicious blends & single origins.  Take out or eat in at their funky footpath tables. www.paddockcambridge.co.nz


COFFEE AND CASUAL

Reload

Reload Coffee is serving the best coffee across the bridge in Leamington. “Reload” quickly with great coffee & yummy food in a funky, friendly environment. Their ethos & coffee culture is to reduce, reuse, recycle & refill – including your coffee! Pair it up with sweet treats or grab your salad or sammy to go. Visit Reload.

Homebrew Coffee

Homebrew make quality coffee just the way you like it. Convenient, delicious and handed to you by a barista who knows their stuff. Serving Hot Beverages, Cold Beverages, and a range of locally made snacks and treats, along with the most genuine, friendliest service. Have your favourite drink made just the way you like it and enjoy the good vibes. www.homebrew.coffee

Absolute Coffee House

A Cambridge institution, Absolute Cafe prides itself on their unique presentation, great coffee & food and a hospitable atmosphere. With years of service in Cambridge, they’ve come to master the craft of an amazing cafe experience. Cabinet food and a’ la carte menu available.  Absolute also have takeaway deli products and can cater for your event. Check it out and chill in their back garden. Dog friendly. www.absolutecoffee.cafe

Ophelia

This quirky little cafe is situated in an old villa on the corner of Shakespeare and Campbell streets. Owned by award winning business Gourmet Delicious, and serving Raglan Roast. They serve fantastic brunch and lunch fare and have a middle eastern twist to many of their recipes. From raw pad thai, to smashed greens, sliders, to some serious keto sweets.  Visit Ophelia

The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club is about much more than just excellent coffee. At The Coffee Club you’ll find a large range of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals available at any time of the day. So if you want bacon and eggs at 4pm or a gourmet beef burger at 10am, it’s no trouble at The Coffee Club.  They also offer a large variety of impossible-to-resist sweets including cakes, slices, muffins and biscuits and, of course, Excellent Coffee with their Signature Blend! www.thecoffeeclub.co.nz


FOOD WITH A VIEW

The Boatshed Cafe

Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Karapiro, The Boatshed offers a spacious & tranquil setting for café dining or private hire. Gorgeous food, stunning views and a dedicated creative team serving vibrant, fresh and tasty food. www.theboatshedkarapiro.co.nz

The Olde Creamery

Escape from the city and enjoy the peaceful ambience in this historic rural setting amongst mature trees and a tranquil garden. A fully licensed venue with a country Cafe, Wedding and Conference.  Originally built in 1892, the building served as a creamery for local farmers until the late 1930’s. the current owners purchased the very derelict building in 2001 with a vision of creating a country cafe in the historic building. The labour of love was completed restoring the building to its former glory and retaining the “olde worlde” feel. www.oldecreamery.co.nz

“Café Irresistiblue”

Situated on the Monavale Blueberry farm (the largest BioGro certified organic blueberry orchard in Australasia,) The cafe can cater for up to 60 guests. With high ceilings and a rustic, country feel, this cafe is a great place to visit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a meal, overlooking the organic blueberry orchard. The focus of the café is of course the delicious organic blueberries and organic blueberry products, as well as a fantastic all-day menu and cabinet food.  The cafe also has stunning views towards Pirongia, Kakepuku and Maungatautari mountains. Huge decks and large windows give you the ability to sit and enjoy the views, inside or outside. www.cafeirresistiblue.co.nz

Podium Café

Podium is based at the Mighty River Domain. You can get your coffee and food fix here after strolling along the shores of lake Karapiro. Famous for their coffee, brunches and “bowls of goodness”.  Visit Podium 


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Attractions Map

Sanctuary Mountain

30 min

Hamilton Gardens

15 min

Cambridge i-Site

Tauranga

1 hr

Waitomo Caves

50 min

Auckland

1 hr 45 min

Raglan

1 hr

Rotorua

1 hr

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