Fodor's Expert Review The Refinery

$ Waihi to Paeroa Café

Hidden down a side street (look for the sign on the main street), you'll find this gourmet home-cooking surprise. This café gem serves breakfasts, muffins, scones, cakes, and shortcakes alongside build-your-own bagels and counter "sammies" crammed with choices of grilled meats, haloumi (salty cheese of goat and sheep's milk), and vegetables. The focus is on free-range, organically grown ingredients. Set in a 1914 heritage building that was originally a bank gold refinery, they also offer a boutique one-bedroom accommodation, the Refinery Guard’s Cottage, and an adjacent open plan Miner’s Cabin. Prices are from $99 per night.

Café Historical Casual Breakfast Lunch Coffee Brunch $

Quick Facts

5 Willoughby St.
Waikato  3600, New Zealand


Known For:
  • Best bagels in the region
  • Cornbread Reuben grilled sandwiches
  • Historic building
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

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