Dot & Winnies

By Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee DeCaires There is something familiar about Hamilton central’s newest eatery – Dot & Winnie’s. It could be the space, which was once Mr Milton’s, a much-loved café that disappeared a few years ago. It could be the smiling faces that greet you. This small team, led by owners Mike and […]

Weaving Their Magic

Words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson Hamilton hospitality couple Lisa and Brent Quarries’ latest culinary venture is a little off the beaten track, and that’s all part of its charm. The Quarries—owners of Hayes Common Eatery— have opened a new cafe, Weave, on Waikato Innovation Park’s 17ha site at Ruakura. They started the project at […]

Spring at the Market

After a long cold winter, spring is always eagerly anticipated. And this is just as true for our growers and producers. As the days get longer and warmer, some seasonal favourites, like asparagus and strawberries, will start to pop up at the market. Irene Cummings from Greenfern Asparagus says, “Being a seasonal stall holder, I […]

A Foodie Filled Two Days in the Waikato

My Grandmother always warned me to “be careful what I wished for.” So, when I got the call I nearly choked on my tea – award winning locally grown organic tea that is.  But before I got in a Pickle, I reminded myself we have a great Palate and our offering is far from Common […]


Words Kate Monahan-Riddell Set in the lush green farmland of the Waikato’s Hinuera Valley, the Red Barn offers a slice of rural New Zealand. With views of rolling green pastures, nearby mountains and Lake Karapiro, it has become a popular destination for weddings, private parties and corporate events since its launch over 10 years ago. […]