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When visiting the Waikato region and especially the Matamata-Piako Disctrict, one can’t help but notice the major role dairy plays for its economy: rolling hills and lush, green pastures, big herds of cows and giant dairy factories dotted along the road.
It is because of this, that visitors shouldn’t leave our region without having tasted some of the delicious dairy products available. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Aroha Organic Goat Cheese www.organicgoatcheese.co.nz
Handcrafted organic goat cheeses in a variety of flavours from “Pepperazzi” to “Nutty Nanny”. John and Jeanne are passionate about their goats (pictured) and it shows in the way they care for them and ultimately in the quality of their cheeses. Certified organic, GE free.. and very addictive!
Situated at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges, the Kaimai Cheese Company is a specialty cheese factory that also houses a café and store. From behind large glass windows, you can see the entire cheese making process. Don’t forget to indulge in some cheese tasting!
And for the carnivores among you, we’ve got a hot insider tip:
Frank’s Sausages www.frankssausages.co.nz
Frank’s Sausages in Te Aroha produce wonderful free range, gluten free sausages. They are developed with a passion for producing only the finest tasting sausages, and like the name suggests, are simple, honest and made exclusively from premium cuts of free range meats. Using only the freshest ingredients, Frank’s sausages contain no preservatives, no additives and definitely none of those nasty fillers. Honestly delicious.
Don’t forget: A visit to the area isn’t complete without a soak at the Te Aroha Spa Pools!
Te Aroha is a beautiful historic Edwardian town at the base of Mount Te Aroha, encompassing Spa baths, pools, walking and bike tracks. Find us on www.tearohanz.co.nz.