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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.
Candy Store
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“A great place to have some cafe food in lovely surroundings. They also have a shop with interesting local and overseas art. Check out their garden sculptures , then walk back in time through their lollie shop. Bird woods Gallery is located near Havelock North, which is about half an hours drive from Napier: This is a favourite place of mine to take visitors to.. Enjoy!”
  • 32 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. ”
  • 25 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
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
Mexican Restaurant
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“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
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“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Looks out over Napier's Port which is not only used for sending exports, mostly timber, but is also where the Cruise Ships dock.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Resort
“The best geothermal hot pools in Taupo. Pools and spa. Only 5mins drive from the Bach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nature
“Fun For all the family free for those who dont swim If you go in the afternoon its a cheaper rate ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful extraordinary food. "Infusing Hawke's Bay Produce with far flung ideas to create dishes which will often surprise and always delight" Dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch Friday - Sunday 40 Hastings Street. (06) 834 4309”
  • 18 locals recommend
Winery
“These vineyards are located near Havelock North, a must see. Great wine tasting and food.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Place to shop
“A nice place to visit on a rainy/wet day. World class glass blowing artist based in Taupo. Such beautiful work.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Many different activities to choose from at the guild centre as well as being right on the beach and accross the road from the city ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Thirsty Whale offers superb 'dockside' location, outdoor decking, mezzanine restaurant with sea views, a private and secluded Harpoon restaurant,”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“It is compulsory for everyone who stays at Chambers on Emerson to take a stroll up Emerson Street and check out the Marine Parade! Make sure you head north and wander out on to the Pier for great views to Mahia looking north and Cape Kidnappers to the South. Walk through the sunken gardens then continue south past Bay Skate and check out the recent developments and plantings. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Havelock North - the pink building on Joll road. Italian food - pizzas are great. Highly rate the tiramisu! Also have a food truck you might find around the bay.”
  • 22 locals recommend