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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.
Place to shop
“handy from this location , friendly staff , reasonably priced , convenient ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“A vibrant beachside destination with a city rhythm, Takapuna encompasses the best of everything – a relaxed beach atmosphere, designer shopping, a thriving hospitality scene with a huge variety of cafés, restaurants and bars with simply stunning views out across the Hauraki Gulf to the iconic Rangitoto Island. Walk the historic ‘lava’ trail along the beach foreshore, paddle board or kayak at the beach or choose to relax by Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s only freshwater lake. Stroll the Sunday markets, take in a live show, enjoy the hospitality and stay close by. Takapuna has it all, so come along and join us, you will be most welcome.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Every Tuesday night, the Elephant Wrestler host a fun trivia quiz night for those who challenge their mind. Often paired with special deals and drinks, a night spent at the Elephant Wrestler Quiz night is always unforgettable. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Boutique mall recently renovated and up graded with awesome shops, cafes and department store. Medium sized mall.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great food, affordable with fantastic lunch and dinner special offers with a relaxed atmosphere. They specialise in using and selling their hand made pottery. Gluten free and vegetarian options available. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
College Library
“Need to get to Auckland City? Why not go there by sea. This lovely, short boat ride gives you awesome views of Auckland Harbour and stops at the port at the foot of Queen Street (Auckland's main city / CBD street). Ferry leaves every 10 - 15 minutes.”
  • 18 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum is the official museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy. It opened in 2010, to replace an earlier naval museum. The museum is in Devonport, Auckland”
  • 21 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Old-school, community theater offering a range of blockbuster & independent films, plus draft brews.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Nature
“One of Auckland's most beautiful beaches, with large picnic and public BBQs, easy hiking trail along the cliffs with spectacular views, and a smart restaurant.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A lovely courtyard where you can order drinks and food two great restaurants. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Long Bay is a lovely east coast beach - which means the morning is the best time to go to catch a beautiful sunrise! This is a regional park incorporating a large lawn reserve and picnic area, a white sandy beach, and to the northern end there is a fabulous clifftop hike which takes you around to other beaches, and ultimately to Okura. There is a lovely Long Bay Cafe 2 minutes up the road, or if you are wanting a picnic, there are several bakeries, cafes, and a Superette 2 minutes up the road at the Torbay Shops.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Asian fusion cusine usually served with Vietnamese and Malaysian food, every time I go there I would have a Vietnamese coffee after dinner”
  • 13 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“With proximity to local shops, restaurants, cafes and playground, you will find it is so easy to reach and get everything you need here. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Busy farmers market - expect to pay for posh cheeses and breads but nice atmosphere and good pub and restaurant on the waters edge. 20 min drive ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Facing the takapuna beach, you can enjoy a beer or have a fine dinner with your family.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lake
“A great place to kayak as it is an inland lake, also a good choise for a picnic, just watch out the black swan may come up to share your food”
  • 11 locals recommend