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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.
Natural Feature
“The best place to view all of Hawkes Bay. 40 minute drive from Napier with the opportunity to visit may wineries on the way”
  • 103 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Enjoy a short hike along the Waikato river to the Huka falls or hire a bike from the local Huka Cycles. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Café
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“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Zoo
“Enjoy exploring this very impressive underwater world. Includes cafe and gift shop. Fifteen minute drive from Seafield View. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Food
“A fantastic restaurant and winery set in the original Mission buildings and beautiful garden. Book ahead so as not to be disappointed.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Museum
“Fascinating museum. Something for everyone. Fifteen minutes drive from Seafield View. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
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
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 31 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
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
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
Night Club
“Elephant Hill is an NZ recognised high end winery and restaurant. Wine tasting, wine purchase or top end dining.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“A great place to sample the tastes of Hawke’s Bay produce, open every Sunday 8.30-12.30pm”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Great pizza's, fun bar, hires Kayaks, SUP's and sailing boats. Best spot to watch the sun go down”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“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
Night Club
“Elephant Hill is an NZ recognised high end winery and restaurant. Wine tasting, wine purchase or top end dining.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Classic Mexican food experience in a funky restaurant setting. Margaritas & imported beers plus more available. An absolutely delicious spot, but get there early for a seat ! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This is our go to restaurant, delivering well priced, beautifully cooked fresh local produce.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Thirsty Whale offers superb 'dockside' location, outdoor decking, mezzanine restaurant with sea views, a private and secluded Harpoon restaurant,”
  • 18 locals recommend

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