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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.
Health and wellness
“The natural Hot springs are brilliant if you have had a hard day or the weather is bad. Go there and soak you woes away.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“Wonderful airy and open space with a vintage industrial vibe and stunning food. Hard to get a table here on Saturday mornings and there is usually a queue , but so worth the wait. Good selection of counter food as well as menu items, which will be beautifully presented at your table with garnish and relishes. Probably the best selection of current magazines and newspapers to read while you enjoy your perfect Flat White ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The best craft brewery in the region in my opinion. Grab a beer and a bite to eat at Whenuakite.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Pak'n'save is located by our mall where you will find a variety of stores including The Warehouse, MacDonalds and KFC all in the same vacinity to name a few.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Iconic Coroglen pub one of the gems, check for upcoming bands and experience there fab burgers.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“It tells of our local history with hands on experience as you pan for gold or walk the cave.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Garden
“Five acres of paradise! With a playground, picnic areas, Beverage Can Museum, friendly hand fed birds and fish, turtles, fountains, waterfalls, waterwheels and more. Fully pathed and wheelchair accesssible.”
  • 1 local recommends
Place to eat
“Always busy, this bistro and diner with bar is located in one of the oldest 19th Century hotels in Thames. There is a traditional wooden interior featuring vintage photos of the building and street outside, also art from local school students. Karl, the owner, is very friendly and passionate about what he does. There is a fairly large menu, and a Happy Hour every Friday evening between 5-6pm with half price drinks and complimentary snacks.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“A tropical butterfly and orchid house - fully sheltered and wheelchair friendly. Drinks and souvenirs also available.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Beautiful home made food and good coffee in a stunning setting. Excellent for breakfast or brunch”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Sit under the kiwi fruit vines, sipping cold feijoa cider, ask for a plum liqueur bomb. Danny will entertain you, giving free samples of his wines, spirits, liqueur and ports-take some home to enjoy. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Postal Town
“Located in the beautiful sun-drenched Mercury Bay area, on the Coromandel Peninsula, Whitianga is one of New Zealand's best beaches.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Great trip to the Firth of Thames, taking in farm land and coastal views to not only the Bird Sanctuary but to famous eateries and Hot Pools. There are many amazing and beautiful bird species that migrate here every year for the shell banks of Miranda.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Excellent staff, Happy hour Fridays 5-6 pm complementary finger food provided, good ambience.. A great food menu for dining.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“It shows our historic gold mining days as well as the settlement of Thames.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
“The best craft brewery in the region in my opinion. Grab a beer and a bite to eat at Whenuakite.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Fish & Chips Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“A converted industrial warehouse which celebrates the historic character of Thames with a good selection of delicious Craft Beers and their own home made brews. Big, generous and beautifully presented platters are the speciality and open until later than most of the other eateries in town”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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