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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.
Natural Feature
“Good for surfing, walking, long line fishing or just chilling for the day. ”
  • 18 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
Food
“This market is a must do. It's open every Saturday 8am-1:30pm and Sunday 9-1:30pm rain or shine. Coffee, local foods, arts, crafts, local fresh produce and entertainment.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Food
“If you like chocolate then this is a must visit. There is a cafe alongside too. Open 7 days 9-5:30 this wee gem gives free samples, has a huge range and you can view the chocolate being made through glass windows.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Whangarei - Interesting scenic area around the yachts and boats at the city centre. Cafes, interesting shops, clock museum. 25min drive from home.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature
“Easy flat walking beach. Surfing when waves are good. Swimming. Lifeguards on duty. My favorite beach.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Incredible family experience if you appreciate art. Also try Rothko restaurant while you’re there for an exquisite dining experience.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“Free access and great walkway for the adventurous. Includes glowworms. Take a light and prepare if you like to go further than the first 10 meters or so.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is New Zealand's only surviving pioneer printery and tannery. They have hands-on demonstrations and tours of this fascinating early mission.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“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
Natural Feature
“Another world famous attraction is our Poor Knight Islands which are about 25 miles off our Tutukaka coast. You can hop on a day trip charter boat and go out to the islands and jump into the crystal clear waters for a snorkel or if you are a diver it is one of the best places in the world for a diver. It is marine reserves so you can see all types of fish life.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Garden
“⋒ Best visited when the sun it out as there's a lot to explore. Cafe on sight (but it isn't great)”
  • 13 locals recommend
Store
“Just 30mins North of Orewa is the famous Morris and James working Pottery factory. This is on the popular tourist trail watch how they make the pots. Check out the amazing shop full of beautiful pottery art. Stay for lunch the food is prepared onsite. Try their oven baked pizzas mmmm..... ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Consistently excellent food available throughout the day in beautiful sub tropical gardens.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“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
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“Lovely sunset dining. A bit more exclusive and limited seating so call for reservations!”
  • 13 locals recommend