Awards

OUR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL HONOURS

Tea Estate is home to award-winning tea, visitor experiences, and business practice. Our prestigious awards include international tea honours from USA, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, as well as business and hospitality awards.We are proud to be putting Waikato, New Zealand on the map not only as a world-class tea producer, but as a must-visit destination..

Global Tea Championship

The Global Tea Championship™ is an independent competition, blind-tasted and judged by tea professionals to distinguish the highest quality & best tasting teas commercially available.

Natural and Organic Awards

Highlighting the very best products at the Natural and Organic Products Expos, Zealong tea has been honoured in the people’s choice Best New Organic Beverage category at both the Europe and Asia expos.

Great Taste Award

Known as ‘the Oscars of the food world’, Oolong tea grown at Zealong Tea Estate was awarded a prestigious Great Taste Award in London, 2016 after being entered by retailer Whittard of Chelsea.

World Tea Expo People's Tea Choice

During the 2018 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, Global Tea Championship winning teas were invited to participate in the Winners’ Tasting Circle, where attendees of the industry-only event tasted and voted for their favourite teas.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Zealong Tea Estate has been award TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence every year since 2013 for both their restaurant and tour experiences, earning two spots in the Hall of Fame.

Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards

The Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards are New Zealand’s longest running culinary awards, acknowledging the expertise of our greatest chefs. Zealong Tea House has been rewarded twice for its tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.

Euroshop Retail Design Award

As part of EuroShop, the world’s number one retail trade fair, an international team of experts  nominates the best stores from around the world with the most successful store concepts for the ERDA.

New Zealand Commercial Project Awards

This prestigious awards programme sets the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand, and is all about celebrating the completed construction project (big or small) and the team relationships that achieve them.

Westpac Waikato Business Excellence Awards

The Westpac Business Excellence Awards take place all around the country, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce. Zealong Tea Estate was the 2016 Winner in Waikato’s Community Contribution category.

Pride in Print Awards

The Pride In Print Awards are a pinnacle of recognition for the best in visual print communication products of any given year. Rocket Print won Gold for the labels on Zealong Catering Packs (packs of 30 tea bags or 200g loose leaf), which were designed in-house by Zealong.

Qualmark Endorsement

Qualmark provides evidence that our business has been independently validated as a quality tourism business. It provides instant recognition for customers that your business will deliver a quality experience.

France Gourmet Selection AVPA Teas of the world Golds

Waikato’s Zealong Tea Estate has been presented with three awards at the Gourmet Sélection fine food show in France – The AVPA Teas of the world competition.

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