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Zealong Camellia Tea House

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French, Steakhouse, Organic, Fusion
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495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton 3281, New Zealand
+64 7-853 3018
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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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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
Perfect atmosphere, great food, and of course excellent tea

We took a friend here for lunch to cheer them up - and it worked a treat. Everything was perfect. The food was out of this world - the best laksa I have ever had. The staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable but not over powering. A great experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We took a friend here for lunch to cheer them up - and it worked a treat. Everything was perfect. The food was out of this world - the best laksa I have ever had. The staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable but not over powering. A great experience.

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Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Stunning surroundings and exceptional tea. Suggest a guided tour very informative. Food is average so if you are hungry eat beforehand. Try the Whittakers Zealong tea chocolate. Nice venue for private functions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

On a very wet and bleak day enjoyed tea tasting and high tea in a warm inviting establishment. The staff were magnificent and very informed. The desserts were fabulous.

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Thank you Sophie for the lovely tour. The view was stunning, even on a rainy day. The tour was educating and informative, such an inspiring story of the founder. The tea ceremony was beautifully done, we got to taste the different kinds of tea, really a 'discovery'.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

What a lovely experience on a rainy day. As a coffee drinker, I was not sure about coming top a tea plantation for a high tea, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The setting was lovely, in amongst the rows of tea bushes. The decor and surroundings inside the tea house were very elegant and added to the experience.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The tea at the tea house is affordable and comes in great packaging very ideal as a gift for friends and family back home. A quick shout out to GiGi who was so nice. :)

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Zealong is one of those special experiences I always like to share with visiting family. My sister and I took my 83 yr old dad here on his recent visit. The Oolong tea experience is always fun and the food was as always innovative, fresh, tasty and brilliantly presented (and lots of variety!).

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My husband and I booked for Zealong through their website - which also has a copy of their menu. It took us about an hour and a half to get there from Auckland, but the drive was straightforward. The tea house is in a pretty setting, overlooking the tea plantation. As it was a wet day, we sat inside, but... More 

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Morrinsville New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This place is unique - so close to Hamilton, private, peaceful and great for a dining experience no matter what the occasion.The service was great, the food very good and the outlook outstanding.A world class tea plantation ( Harrods are clients ) in rural Waikato makes this a definite must visit!!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Came here for mothers day. The place is a very peaceful experience. Had the signature high tea and it was spectacular. I thought the normal menu was a little lackluster however I didn't have any so can only comment on the menu I read. Staff was fantastic! overall had a great experience and been a few times now. Congratulations on... More 

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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, 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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