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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.
Park
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A good walk - with extensive views over Papamoa and back towards Mount Maunganui!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Park
“Gorgeous 400 acres of hilly farmland with beautiful waterways to explore. Ducks and sheep abound and there are beautiful trees galore. Great for a picnic or bbq, tramping, camping and relaxing. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Nature
“Walking tracks and boat cruise . Again take the right clothing and you will need around 3 hours or so to explore ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“The iconic local “Pap Tav” with a refresh makeover. Good bevies and grub. Nice outdoor spot and good for the kids too!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Find yourself set in the iconic and historic Postbank building surrounded by antique furniture and books. Post bank offers a fine dining experience with French European cuisine. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“Beautiful cafe and gallery in Acacia bay. Tasty food and unique art pieces.”
  • 39 locals recommend
History Museum
“Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. It is the home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“See an example of what our Villages used to look like back in the past. Experience the cultural performance and hangi meal as well. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Zoo
“Beautiful walk through nature, seeing trout and other wildlife in beautiful settings”
  • 30 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you have kids the Hairy McLeary collection of bronze statues are situated on the strand next to the playground. Kids and adults alike love playing on these statues. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Our musuem has exhibits which give an insight into Taupo history , They often have ehibits that have a special interest to anyone intersted in NZ art or history ,”
  • 21 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Straight across the road from a lovely beach and the friendly crew serve good coffee and delicious food”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“A very popular bar/restaurant located on the main street. Great food and wonderful service. Bookings recommended during the busy season.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Adults only hot pools, with different pools at varying temperatures. Just as you drive out of Taupo heading towards Rotorua. Straight after the BP petrol station. ”
  • 28 locals recommend