Surrounded by the rolling pastures of the Matakana region north of Auckland
, the rustic ambience of this craft brewery belies the subtle sophistication of the food and drinks on offer. The attached Smoko Room restaurant turns out excellent shared plates with a global spin—try the turmeric-spiced goat hummus with cumin flatbreads—and the canny brewers are forever making interesting seasonal beers to complement Sawmill's core range. Standout pints include a citrusy pale ale and a crisp lager showcasing zesty New Zealand
hops (the tasting tray of five brews is the best option for curious traveling beer fans). Save room for dessert: an ice-cream sandwich fusing New Zealand's signature ANZAC cookie with salted-caramel gelato.