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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.
Nature
“Also, a must to go on a lake tour, have a go at fishing for trout! and see the rock carvings. Drive to one of our lake bays for a picnic and swim with mountain views or just relax on the water front. Fantastic.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nature
“A walk up the Mount is a must do while visiting the Bay of Plenty! A good hike, followed by great views, and a huge selection of cafes at the base.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Nice place just to walk around and enjoy the peace get to see some thermal activity too”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
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“The only cafe/bar around that overlooks the beach. We recommend a beer and hot chips with a view any day of the week. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Café
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“Great coffee and a healthy selection of food and only a short stroll along beach to get there ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Stunning food, great service and a wonderful outdoor patio area for summer, or couches in front of the fire for winter. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best restaurant in town, with tapas-style sharing plates. A great place to go if it's a special night or you feel like spoiling yourselves. Best to book!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lake Taupo has a rich history and is a phenomenal natural resource for your enjoyment. Hire a kayak, take a swim or go parasailing.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“A great trip where guides are great and take you on adventure high in the tree tops . ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Beautiful beach great swiming and surfing. Sunday markets, Thursday multicultural dinner in the domain, bars restaurants on the beach, shopping and surf club all have something for everyone. the famous Papamoa Pub has great bands and new years eve goes off. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“More than just a sailing club. Pizza resturant and bar with awesome Sunday jam sessons.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Plenty to see and do, concerts, open mics, craft days, theatre, markets and shops. Check their website to see what’s on.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A fabulous spot as close to Papamoa Beach as you can get. I've seen dolphins from the restaurant here!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to eat
“always get best service food is always 100% the service is outstanding the atmosphere is lovely indoor seating or outdoor seating in winter always have heaters on and supply blankets for your lap have yummiest deserts always feel happy at Dixie browns ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Place to shop
“there are lots of lovely cafes and restaurants here, and theres nothing nicer than wandering around the boutique clothes and gift shops..”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“Visit a live volcano off the Whakatane coast. Check their website for booking details.”
  • 20 locals recommend