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Best things to do in Makara

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.

Park
“Wildlife sanctuary in a beautiful valley. Great opportunity to see some of the native New Zealand birdlife.”
129 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Really lovely walks through old native bush. Free entry. Walks from 30 minutes to an hour or two. Lots of native birds. The air in so nice in there, it's a special and invigorating place. ”
24 locals recommend
Route
“Walk around this rugged section of coastline to soak up wide open views and meet the local Seal population. Take food and drink with you - this is wilderness. 4WD vehicles can access this area Monday-Saturday. Sunday is foot and bike access only. Allow half a day. Sheltered in Northerly winds.”
36 locals recommend
Establishment
“Stunning views over all of Wellington and out to the South over Cook Strait”
21 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Seals! Whenever you go, you can see lot of seals around the coast and enjoying the sunbath. You can walk in from the gate(30 mins - 1 hour), or you can drive in if you have a 4WD.”
22 locals recommend
Park
“Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award-winning purpose built bike park set in 250 hectares of bird-filled native bush. Whether you're a walker, runner or mountain biker there's a track at Makara Peak for you. This park extends across Makara Hill Road and along the main ridge to the top of Karori Park, where there is another local network of tracks.”
21 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“This has a nicer atmosphere than the Pickle Jar, good spot for an afternoon drink, dinner or brunch ”
11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great woodfire pizza, suitable for family as well as catching up with friends over a drink.”
10 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Wide range of restaurants, bars etc in Courtenay Place, Willis Street, Manners Street and surrounding streets.”
6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Best place to look over the whole wellington, lower hutt, Makara and Wellington Wind Turbine.”
8 locals recommend
Park
“Big park having jogging/walking track, exercise machines at places and children's play ground. ”
5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
5 locals recommend
Store
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“No sit down but her food and coffee is great. Her on site made pies are another level.”
3 locals recommend
Route
“Along the marine reserve. Picturesque and offroad walking. mountain biking. ”
2 locals recommend
Food
“Great deli products and coffee and home made ready meals. Tony is super friendly.”
3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Hire mountain bikes and then scare yourself silly in Makara Peak mountain biking trails. Great value entertainment”
2 locals recommend