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Things to do in Waitati

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.
Hardware Store
“Wander aroundthe expansive Nursery and enjoy the indoor and outdoor cafe dining and yummy food”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beach
“A long beach, caves, natural arches, and a Maori "pa" (fortress). Also a local favourite place to dig for cockles. Like most beaches, this one is best at low tide!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
“The gallery offers coffee and alcoholic beverages, and from here you can hire bikes to check out the local area.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“This lagoon walk is stunning. You get to see the lagoon, estuary, a bit of town and lovely hills and forests.”
  • 1 local recommends
Store
“Barebones but does the trick in a pinch. You can get general items here but also wine, ice cream, milk and stamps!”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Classic small town homegrown film night. Weekly on Tuesday evenings. Watch the international movies that arn't screened at the city cinemas.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“this is a great walk, if you don't mind getting wet you can continue to long beach, the rocks and natural tunnels are really something else”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Our favorite 'kid' friendly beach. An easy walk down under the cliffs. We would stop for a coffee and a fluffy at Blueskin nursery in Waitati.”
  • 1 local recommends
Hardware Store
“Cafe in a delightful garden setting, small selection of food. Carry on to the beaches nearby, drive back over Blueskin Bay Road (not in icy conditions) to get some amazing views over the harbour and Port Chalmers. Note: road is windy and narrow in places, take care!”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Lookout
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“It has an abundance of walks and beaches and some really great shopping. Blueskin nursery has a great cafe and beautiful plants. Skyhook is a great quirky artists nook and gallery and The Gallery across the road has an abundance of local artwork and ceramics. Down the road is Waitati DesigNZ which has some amazing gift ideas and showcases a few more local artists.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Locality
“If you drive out to osborne Beach, its a very sheltered beach and if you walk up and over the dunes (theres a staircase), to your right is the site of an old Maori pa. Theres nothing left of it.”
  • 1 local recommends