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Best things to do in Hawke's Bay

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“A visit to the Peak is an absolute must do giving you 360 degrees views of the Hawkes Bay.”
101 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Is a must do in Taupo! Such a huge mass of beautiful blue water rushing over a incredible waterfall. There are also walking/running/mountain bike tracks in all directions from here. I have always loved running along these awsome tracks.”
47 locals recommend
Café
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“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
39 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
38 locals recommend
Zoo
“An enjoyable family activity, would take at least an hour to walk through and view all the species from penguins to sharks. ”
29 locals recommend
Food
“A fantastic restaurant and winery set in the original Mission buildings and beautiful garden. Book ahead so as not to be disappointed.”
34 locals recommend
Museum
“Currently Free of charge. There is a very good permanent display on Napier Earthquake, after which the city was rebuild in the Art Deco Style. Also displays highlighting our rich Maori Heritage. ”
32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
31 locals recommend
Candy Store
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“The food is amazing and made on site. The setting is to die for and the art work and gallery are always a pleasure to see even if you don’t have the spare $$ to purchase ! The busses stop here with hoards of excited tourists so it pays to come early to enjoy the setting and the real fruit ice-creams as well as take a good long stole around these amazing gardens. Unfortunately there is only filter coffee, but a variety of teas and the china and whole area makes up for everything you may feel you are missing and a ‘normal’ café would offer ;-)”
30 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Sunday mornings until 8am to 12 noon. A large buzzing fresh produce market, grab a coffee, waffle or pizza, enjoy the music and vibe. During daylight savings its held outside, during winter held inside large hall and under grandstand - entry, drive in via Kennilworth Road. ”
28 locals recommend
Park
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
35 locals recommend
Bar
“Very cool back alley bar with delicious bar snacks, exceptional cocktails and the very best in craft beers. ”
24 locals recommend
Night Club
“It's simply the best restaurant/winery in Hawkes Bay for a very special evening out. Plus a lovely, curvy, scenic drive along the Tuki Tuki road out to the coastal setting.”
28 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Our musuem has exhibits which give an insight into Taupo history , They often have ehibits that have a special interest to anyone intersted in NZ art or history ,”
21 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
$$
“Classic Mexican food experience in a funky restaurant setting. Margaritas & imported beers plus more available. An absolutely delicious spot, but get there early for a seat ! ”
25 locals recommend
Winery
“Sensationally landscaped and designed winery with award winning wines and restaurant.”
23 locals recommend