Made Hamilton

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Monday7:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Saturday7:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Sunday7:00 am – 8:30 pm.

401 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton

Made has quickly become a must-visit destination in Hamilton East, being a hub of bustling retailers, foodies, creators and artisans. This urban precinct has breathed new life into the Arawa building on 401 Grey Street, which previously housed the Waikato Regional Council. Thanks to a serious makeover and plenty of vision from husband and wife team Matt and Jaimee, who operate Stark Property, Hamiltonians and visitors to the city can enjoy the 40+ vendors at Made.

Inspired by the markets of Melbourne, New York and, more locally, Christchurch’s beloved Riverside Market, the Starks see Made as an opportunity to bring people together and showcase the incredible regional food basket that is the mighty Waikato. The inspiration of Melbourne and New York is reflected in the aesthetic and the industrial yet polished design of the precinct allows each stall and vendor to present their unique brand and personality. A standout of the renovation is the spiral staircase that builds a real connection from the street to the river. The balconies reiterate this connection as they provide sweeping river views across Hamilton’s city centre CBD and to Mount Pirongia. 

Everything your heart desires can be found at Made. Set over four levels, it is divided into distinct zones. The Market is where you’ll find stalls that will elevate your grocery shop and provide you with delicious snacks and fuel as you make your way around the rest of the precinct. There’s a butcher, a baker, a refillery, and fresh produce, and you must make a stop at The Larder, this artisan store brings together smaller merchants from the community producing quality goods. 

A brick-paved ramp leads you to the Mess Hall, an upmarket food court featuring cuisines and dishes from around the world. You’ll even find some entertainment and activities with The Golf Club’s golf simulator and Singeasy Karaoke. The Mezzanine floor is where the retail outlets have their moment to shine, and the Sheds on the lower level are a mix of eateries and other vendors operating out of larger individual spaces.    

Made is a place for locals and visitors alike to come, congregate and enjoy. So when you’re next in Hamilton East, make sure you set aside a generous amount of time to explore the talented vendors of Made and come hungry!

Words by Julia Rutherford & Photography by Jerome Warburton

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401 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton

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