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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.

Indie Movie Theater
“It is an operating cinema if you up for watching movies, but we like it for a slightly different reason. It is also a time travel back to the 50's, with movie memorabilia on display and a very nice restaurant, Coco, what is unmissable if you are travelling to the Miramar peninsula.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Lounge
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“I go here for some delish desert..its on the 3rd storey of some dinghy entrance off Courtney Place, like a secret spot.. but dont let that fool you..., its cosy, warm and has a chillout vibe - decorated like a library with books all around and comfy sofas to lounge...cool place to hangout.. check out website for opening hours”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Route
“Walk around this rugged section of coastline to soak up wide open views and meet the local Seal population. Take food and drink with you - this is wilderness. 4WD vehicles can access this area Monday-Saturday. Sunday is foot and bike access only. Allow half a day. Sheltered in Northerly winds.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
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“cool little brunch spot - need to get in early as it gets busy! Milkshakes come highly recommended”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
“Love this place as it's much smaller than Te Papa and very cool. Some great interactive exhibits to see here.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
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“One of our favourite cafes, really popular between locals and tourists as well. Families can enjoy the many many bikes left out for children to play. It is also a historical site, used to be be a military base. The food is also exceptional!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Café
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“The Larder is delicious. The food is scrumptious and the perfect serving. The service is great, you are made to feel welcome without being overbearing.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Café
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“God food, coffee or a beer with great view of surf. Close to Airport. 40mins walk around the coast from The Studio.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Store
“Wellington Museum shares the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. All housed within the beautiful 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Established- 1972 Location- Wellington Harbour Board Head Office and Bond Store,3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand Website- museumswellington.org.nz”
  • 24 locals recommend
Building
“A very popular place to visit. Best to book - there's also a free shuttle travel service from the i-site visitor information office (20 minute walk away). ”
  • 30 locals recommend
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Stadium
“The iconic Westpac Stadium, known locally as the 'cake tin', hosts sporting events, music concerts and shows through out the year. Catch the train from Paraparaumu to save the parking hassles, and the stadium is just a short walk from the north end of the platform!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Establishment
“Great super market for a wide range of products. Better selection than Island Bay but it’s a drive.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Cool little movie theatre. Grab a wine and relax on a comfy sofa for two and watch a movie. Before or after hop across the road to the Havana bar.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“A cocktail bar with excellent service and great cocktails. Good late night spot. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Establishment
“Renovated for the final Lord of the Rings World Premiere, this gorgeous art deco theatre is a treat. The interior design is outstanding.”
  • 37 locals recommend