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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.
Route
“Must do full day hike, with very rewarding views! Emerald lakes and the crater lake are huge highlights. Recommend taking the local shuttles. They do cost but it is the easiest option to get there and back safely. Summer is the best time for hiking the crossing, but essential to take plenty of food, water and extra warm gear incase of changing alpine weather. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Just over an hour away is Mt Ruapehu - which offers world-class skiing in the winter months and year-round hiking. Choose from the two ski fields, Whakapapa or Turoa.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“The place to be for NZ's volcanic landscapes. From short walks to challenging day hikes. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, described as the best one-day hike in the country. So many places to see - Tama lakes, Lake Surpise, Silica Rapids, Taranaki Falls, to name a few.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beautiful alpine style conditioned Restaurant & Bar. Highly recommended for Sports night.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Best hamburgers, ever. Seriously. Also great Eggs benedict, 7 types available. 5 different types of fries. Food styles from all over the world. Do not miss this one. They also have quiz nights and cocktail nights so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive. Menu is in the brochure book on the dining table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“So worth a visit as has the best changing menu in Ohakune if you like something a little different ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel
“High Tea here is a delightful treat. You don't have to be a guests, and reservations are recommended.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Ski Area
“One of NZ's largest ski areas and has the nation’s longest vertical drop. On a beautiful day, you can see Mt Taranaki from the top. The High Noon Express takes you to the highest lifted point in NZ with panoramic views of the North Island.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Diner
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“The Station Cafe/Restaurant, National Park is situated in National Park Village’s restored historic railway station. Open 7 Days, from 9.00am until late. The Stations’ team is committed to looking after you with passion, personality and a touch of class in National Park Village.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In my opinion, the best dining restaurant in town. Great and well priced food. Great for kids too! With a kids corner full of toys and good kids menu.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Hotel
“Tasty food, a great range of beverages, awesome service and dancing on tables. What more could you want? Often showing live sport followed by live music or DJs”
  • 9 locals recommend
Store
“Great service if you are hiring skis, bikes or need to buy anything ski or biking related. Great local knowledge from Ben & the team. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“Interesting museum that showcases NZ's military history. Display of weapons, war memorabilia, military vehicles, medals, etc. Good cafe and souvenir shop, too.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature
“The Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area and is only about 20 minutes' drive from our lodge. Whakapapa is home to New Zealand's premiere beginners' area, Happy Valley with its own cafe, rental complex and ski school meeting area. The gentle slope is nice and long, giving you plenty of time to get the hang of your new sport. There are also over 30 groomed trails for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa gives a massive variety between trails with the choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs. For expert skiers and boarders there are 24 black and black diamond runs. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Awesome terrain for all level of skiers and exceptionally good if you find a local that will take you out West and show you all that Turoa has to offer - especially in spring.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Such a fun place! great for kids at all ages no matter how good you are - well worth a visit! ”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Beautiful alpine style conditioned Restaurant & Bar. Highly recommended for Sports night.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best hamburgers, ever. Seriously. Also great Eggs benedict, 7 types available. 5 different types of fries. Food styles from all over the world. Do not miss this one. They also have quiz nights and cocktail nights so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive. Menu is in the brochure book on the dining table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Diner
“The Station Cafe/Restaurant, National Park is situated in National Park Village’s restored historic railway station. Open 7 Days, from 9.00am until late. The Stations’ team is committed to looking after you with passion, personality and a touch of class in National Park Village.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best dining restaurant in town. Great and well priced food. Great for kids too! With a kids corner full of toys and good kids menu.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cafe
“Welcoming and relaxing place. Love the mussels in Thai curry and the cakes!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Licensed Italian restaurant offering both lunch and dinner. If you need pizza or a good hearty pasta dish then this is the place for you”
  • 7 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“The place to be when craving for Indian food. Yum and the portions are filling, too.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend

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