July newsletter

Labour MP returns to Waikato roots

zealong-jacinda-vistaWe had the pleasure of recently welcoming Labour MP Jacinda Ardern to the Zealong Tea Estate to witness firsthand the amazing success story that is New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation.

As a Waikato girl, having grown up in Morrinsville, Jacinda knows the region’s rural heartland, along with pure air, warming sun, clean water and fertile soils, are all key ingredients for producing a product unmatched in quality.

Here at Zealong, our tea is organically-certified, fully-traceable, New Zealand-grown tea that complies with the highest standards in the world. These are attributes Jacinda was highly impressed with while marvelling at the stunning backdrop of the plantation.


Winter warmers on the menu


Looking for a way to warm your belly and soul during these chilly days? Then cast your eye no further than Zealong’s new winter menu, offering a number of flavoursome entrées, mains and desserts.

Our culinary geniuses have spent the past few months in the kitchen creating what we think are some of the finest dishes to be served at our Tea House restaurant. Try the Black Tea-Brined Chicken or Peach Scallop (pan-seared scallop in a coconut cream gel with a peach and roasted pepper salsa) for starters, followed by the mouth-watering Coconut Crab Soup or a fragrant Lamb Rendang.

For those with a sweet tooth, it will be hard to go past the Peach Jelly Cheesecake and our version of a classic winter warmer, the crumble with a generous dollop of plum, rhubarb and apple stewed in a mixture of Chinese five spices, cinnamon stick and honey. Whatever you desire, we are sure there is something for you.

For more information, visit www.zealong.com to view the new menu or call 07 853 3018.


Take fine dining to the next level at The Zealong Tea Estate


Every now and then we love to be treated to a culinary adventure, where our tastebuds can explore an array of new flavours. This winter, join us as we take you to a world of pure indulgence with our specialty seven-course winter degustation.

Comprising of select dishes lovingly prepared by our executive chef, this is the highest standard of fine dining. Let us help you take that special occasion or a night out to the next level.

Be in quick as we have limited tables and only two dates left: 22, and 29.

Bookings are essential. Call 07 853 3018 or email [email protected] for more information.


Zealong goes cheesy in collaboration

zealong-newsletter-kapiti-logoPushing the boundaries to find new and exciting ways to treat the tastebuds is in our DNA – which is why we have teamed up with leading New Zealand cheese maker Kapiti.

Kapiti has paired some of the best artisanal products New Zealand has to offer with their delicious cheeses to produce a limited edition Tasting Board range.

After hours of collaboration and fine tuning, you can now get your hands – and tastebuds – on a Zealong Black tea jelly, accompanied by three cheeses: Cumin Seed Gouda, Aorangi, and Kikorangi.

Trust us when we say this is a match made in heaven. This is a real coup for us as New Zealand’s only commercial tea estate, with our products now recognised by Kapiti for their purity. This follows the inclusion of Zealong tea in Whittaker’s New Zealand Artisan Collection range of chocolates last year.

Other Kapiti collaborations include Havana Coffee, Thomson Whiskey New Zealand and Garage Project craft beer.

See Kapiti’s introduction on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kapiti

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