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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 eat
“Make sure you don't miss out on the weekly farmers market on Saturday morning. Lots of locally grown produce, live music, great food & coffee.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Motel
“A site of great cultural significance to New Zealand's indigenous and European people. This is where the country's bi-cultural nationhood was first formed wit the signing of a treaty in the late 1800s. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Museum
“Beautiful place to visit , go back in time looking around the Stone Store , Kemp House and all set in beautiful surroundings, awesome coffee house , cross over the walking bride and take the walking track to Rainbow Falls”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Parua Bay Tavern is nestled on the waterfront of the beautiful Whangarei Heads Harbour under the majestic Mt. Aubrey and Whangarei Headland. The venue is suited to all – the tavern has two large deck areas and an expansive lawn so it can cater for most group sizes. Lounge with us on a bean bag under the beautiful pohutukawa tree. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“The most beautiful cinema you'll visit while staying at Omaha Beach. There are four theatres, each with their own theme. A great night out!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Best family friendly restaurant, exquisite food in a welcoming, relaxed, award winning environment. And of course the BEER! Local and fabulous and award winning... a must do. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Otuihau Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall, falling vertically for 26.3 metres over basalt cliffs. Three viewing platforms allow easy access to the dramatic views and a circular walk around the falls allows them to be seen from all angles”
  • 20 locals recommend
Nature
“Great waterfalls at the end of a nice walk through bush. Details in our folder”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“Another fine dining restaurant, very popular with the locals. Good selection. Very tasty.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Their food is always top notch and consistent. I love the shared plates so we get to try more dishes!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“McLeod's Pizza Barn is Northland's destination for family fun, good food, and great beer made right here. Incredible pizzas, generous country fare and McLeod's Brewery beer brewed right here - the legendary McLeod's Pizza Barn has something for everyone! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pub
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“Good old fashion kiwi bar with bucket loads of charictor over looking the estuary, child friendly, reasonably priced.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“One of the longest driveable beaches in New Zealand. Drive it or sit and soak up the expansive opening to the Tasman Sea. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Mountain
“⋒ Make sure to bring a water bottle as there are plenty of steps to the top of Mt. Manaia. ⋒ the platform overlooks Whangarei heads & is best seen for sunrise. Allow approx 45-1hr for climbing and 45 minute to the carpark. ⋒ Toilet facilities are on-site”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“Go to Bennetts for an early lunch or to the chocolate shop to select some of their stunning products for yourself or a treat for a friend”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Another fine dining restaurant, very popular with the locals. Good selection. Very tasty.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
“Good old fashion kiwi bar with bucket loads of charictor over looking the estuary, child friendly, reasonably priced.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Charlotte's has it all. Incredible views of the bay, interesting menu, wood fire pizza, fresh fish choices, great cocktail list, live music, awesome staff. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely sunset dining. A bit more exclusive and limited seating so call for reservations!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Food even better than Thailand (trust me I've been) Dine in or Takeaway with a bottle of wine on the deck!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great food and then an easy walk to the Mangawhai Tavern to see great bands. Or the Saturday morning markets at the Village and the Tavern.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Consistently excellent food available throughout the day in beautiful sub tropical gardens.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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