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Zealong Camellia Tea House

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French, Steakhouse, Organic, Dessert, Asian fusion
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495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton 3281, New Zealand
+64 7-853 3018
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Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: For a unique experience in Hamilton, visit the Zealong Tea Estate at 495...
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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  • 87
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  • 29
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  • 11
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely high tea

We went for high tea as a day trip since it was about an hour and a half from Auckland. The signature high tea has more exciting and gourmet selection but my in-laws preferred the traditional high tea . A lovely experience but probably as a day trip destination I have to plan some more interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
kimc_10
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Stopped in here after seeing a sign on road. They would probably get more custom if they advertised what they are at the gate on the main road. It is only the fact that we went looking that we found what they are. They sell a variety of teas and infusers however no prices on them. Upon asking for a... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went for high tea as a day trip since it was about an hour and a half from Auckland. The signature high tea has more exciting and gourmet selection but my in-laws preferred the traditional high tea . A lovely experience but probably as a day trip destination I have to plan some more interesting things to do along... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The food was good but expensive. Great location. BUT there were lots of flies all over our table and they spoilt the experience. Zeelong please do something about the flies.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We had my sister's wedding at Zealong. It was beautiful. Amazing food, great service and awesome catering for everyone (even those of us with food allergies). Highly recommend!

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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If you are eating at the Zeelong it is far better to order an entree or Main than the classic tea package. Really a poor attempt at an English high tea service. For NZ$37.00. sandwiches were small, on white bread, in all rather disappointing Th fish of the day while pricey turned out to be much better value. Order the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

For my birthday I was given a voucher for high tea at Zealong by a friend who knew I would be visiting New Zealand from the UK. I have been to the Ritz in London for afternoon tea twice in my life. In my opinion high tea at Zealong is even more delicious. The cake stand is absolutely beautiful. Everything... More 

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Tauranga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I had been to the plantation a few years ago & had the tea experience, however this time I was attending a birthday lunch. Upon arrival we had to wait for approximately 15 minutes to be attended to, as the small reception was full of patrons waiting to pay.Other people, were also waiting, with us, crowded in the entrance way.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Recently took the estate tour and had high tea afterwards. One of the best I've ever had. The cream of garlic soup and the tea were absolutely phenomenal. I'll be really sad when my Zealong tea runs out because we just can't get tea of that quality in the U.S.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Did the tea tour and afternoon tea with my husband and his 81 year old parents. It was a nice way to relax and spend some time learning about the whole process tea undergoes before it arrives in our cup. I had no idea how time consuming the traditional methods of tea growing are and it was interesting learning about... More 

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ZealongT, Manager at Zealong Camellia Tea House, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your interest and kind comments. We always value our guests' feedback as we feel it helps us maintain the level of service that is expected of Zealong. The sculpture you are referring to represents Lu Yu, an 8th century AD Chinese scholar revered for his contribution to the world of tea and his writings on... More 

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was a new experience for me and my wife and we shared it with some wonderful family. The location was perfect, with an outdoor and indoor setting available. The tea experience was lovely and well explained and so was the food. For something very different and special, Zealong is worth the expense and time.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, Steakhouse, Organic, Dessert, Asian fusion

Description

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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