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$$ - $$$
Asian, Contemporary, New Zealand, Fusion
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495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton 3281, New Zealand
+64 7-853 3018
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a fabulous experience, having beautiful tea, over looking the tea plantation. The high tea food was delicious and we had excellent service. Very special day out!

Thank NinaHamilton
Hamilton, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to the Zealong cafe several times with friends which has always been absolutely lovely, but more recently went to a work function (80 of us approx) at the new Function Centre. The buffet was beautiful, the venue superb, the staff outstanding. Perfect for large groups. It would be a fabulous wedding venue.

1 Thank takenotice
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful secret only 10 minutes outside Hamilton - a tea estate, which does tours and shows you their operation, and a magnificent tea house. They have a full menu for lunches, but the real treat is their high tea. These come with a range of 12 entree and sweet mini treats, so delicately crafted. There are two... More 

1 Thank Rick M
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

New Zealand's only tea estate ,just outside of Hamilton . Treated by in- laws ,and a fine choice it was . Nicely appointed with a fine attention to detail ,ones server takes you through your choice of teas and sets up ones individual infusions , a small but most charming touch . Mighty good teas they were ,I chose the... More 

1 Thank Peter H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time with my family with the tour and high tea. We learnt so much about the tea and the food was delicious. Our tour guide Jerman is knowledgable and generous in sharing his knowledge and skills in tea. Will definitely come back again.

1 Thank Jessica L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You are first struck by the beautiful plantation itself and the homage to its joint ownership between NZ and Chinese interests with sculptures and pleasant walkways. The restaurant itself is stunning. We had the high tea. While it was expensive, the food was delicate and delicious. Many people around us asked us what we had ordered. They were intrigued by... More 

1 Thank angus l
Hamilton, New Zealand
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

poor foot access. overpriced and poor quality food for the prices charged. Pastry cases overly thick detracting from the filling. Fillings fell out of savoury items when moved from platter to plate

Thank Barriew007
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it's not the traditional Chinese tea taste, a little bit lighter, still recommend everyone. Nice environment and service. Creative way to share the Tea culture with the world.

Thank Leila W
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The meal was a taste sensation. I had high tea oriental style, the flavours all worked and was so flavourful. I came away feeling full and satisfied. The tea was so great, having a chance to try different flavours too was great. The staff very informative and it was just a relaxing and fun afternoon.

1 Thank Amethystgoddess
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This restaurant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the tea plantation of Zealong Tea Estate, with plenty of shaded outdoor seating (as well a some indoors). All the wait staff were very professional. The tea was like nothing I have ever tasted before, beautifully fresh and energising, with a choice of five different styles, from green to dark. The tea... More 

1 Thank 22KiwiTraveller22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Asian, Contemporary, New Zealand, Fusion
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton 3281, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +64 7-853 3018
For a unique experience in Hamilton, visit the Zealong Tea Estate at 495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton. Enjoy high tea, lunch, or just relax over a delicious cup of organically farmed tea on the restaurant terrace overlooking New Zealand's only tea plantation.

Tea tours, private/corporate functions also available. Bookings highly recommended. Tours require at least 24h notice. Look for our Trip Advisor TEA TOUR ATTRACTION too!

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