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Things to do in Hawke's Bay

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
“Located in Havelock North ( 25 minutes drive from Napier) great views over Hawke’s Bay.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A sight not to be missed. You can make the hike from Spa Park to the falls if you feel like a bit of exercise. The return trip is approximately 6 kms. You walk along side the Waikato river until you reach the ravine which creates Huka Falls. A phenomenon of natural hydro power with more that 220,000 litres of water per second comes barreling over the 11 meter high waterfall. There are many options to view the amazing power of the falls. You can drive, walk or make it an adventure and take a jet boat ride or river cruise. The Huka Falls car park is about 1.6 kilometers north of Taupo. A bus from Taupo passes several times a day on a circuit of local attractions. A brochure for this can be located in the folder on the dining table at Birdsong.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Café
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“Mediterranean style tapas menu (as well as mains/desserts) and an extensive cocktail and wine menu. On the higher end of the budget but I great atmosphere and vining decor. One for the adults. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Food
“One of the oldest wineries in New Zealand. Very gorgeous old building, a must to visit ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Zoo
“Visit Penguin Cove and watch the famous naughty and good Little Penguins feed and play. See sharks, stingrays and fish swimming over you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel. Spot New Zealand’s native wildlife – the Kiwi and Tuatara. Place of the Trawlermen sculpture Daily feeding times are 10.00am for the reef fish, 2pm for the sharks and the Little Penguins at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Museum
“MTG Hawke’s Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural centre of this stylish city for over 150 years. MTG Hawke’s Bay is a place where people, objects and ideas meet.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Night Club
“Established in 2003, Elephant Hill is located within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean on the idyllic Te Awanga coast of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. Stylish, warm and inviting, Elephant Hill is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious food and stunning wines whilst taking in breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean and vineyard.”
  • 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”
  • 33 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Pretty little museum displaying all the local history as well as recreation of Chelsea Flower Show Gold Ora garden. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“A splendid collection of the harvest that growing food in Hawke's Bay has to offer. Stalls loaded with a good range of food to tempt anyone”
  • 35 locals recommend
Candy Store
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“Our absolute fave! A super cute and charming hidden gem, complete with a cafe, art gallery, beautiful gardens and sweet shop. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Take a stroll, or a run, through Spa Park where you'll find tracks that follow alongside the mighty Waikato river and through native bush and trees - watch out for native tuis and fantails playing in the canopy overhead.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“A favourite bar of ours in Napier. Tucked away down a side alley (kinda like Melbourne bars) it is a relaxed, funky little place. Good wine selection, interesting beers, cocktails and a small but delicious tapas style menu. Price level $$”
  • 28 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.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Mediterranean style tapas menu (as well as mains/desserts) and an extensive cocktail and wine menu. On the higher end of the budget but I great atmosphere and vining decor. One for the adults. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Night Club
“Established in 2003, Elephant Hill is located within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean on the idyllic Te Awanga coast of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. Stylish, warm and inviting, Elephant Hill is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious food and stunning wines whilst taking in breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean and vineyard.”
  • 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”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 24 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. ”
  • 26 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 ! ”
  • 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”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 21 locals recommend

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