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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

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
Winery
“Sensationally landscaped and designed winery with award winning wines and restaurant.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Establishment
“Cool store of Art Deco stuff. Video of 1931 earthquake. Good for souvenirs.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“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
Establishment
“Fun For all the family free for those who dont swim If you go in the afternoon its a cheaper rate ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Establishment
“Also, a must to go on a lake tour, have a go at fishing for trout! and see the rock carvings. Drive to one of our lake bays for a picnic and swim with mountain views or just relax on the water front. Fantastic.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful extraordinary food. "Infusing Hawke's Bay Produce with far flung ideas to create dishes which will often surprise and always delight" Dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch Friday - Sunday 40 Hastings Street. (06) 834 4309”
  • 18 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Looks out over Napier's Port which is not only used for sending exports, mostly timber, but is also where the Cruise Ships dock.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Adults only hot pools, with different pools at varying temperatures. Just as you drive out of Taupo heading towards Rotorua. Straight after the BP petrol station. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Great pizza's, fun bar, hires Kayaks, SUP's and sailing boats. Best spot to watch the sun go down”
  • 17 locals recommend
Establishment
“always get best service food is always 100% the service is outstanding the atmosphere is lovely indoor seating or outdoor seating in winter always have heaters on and supply blankets for your lap have yummiest deserts always feel happy at Dixie browns ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A perfect weekend brunch date. Smashed Avo on toast is incredible and large range of delicious danishes to accompany great coffee.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Thirsty Whale offers superb 'dockside' location, outdoor decking, mezzanine restaurant with sea views, a private and secluded Harpoon restaurant,”
  • 18 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Havelock North - the pink building on Joll road. Italian food - pizzas are great. Highly rate the tiramisu! Also have a food truck you might find around the bay.”
  • 21 locals recommend