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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.

Establishment
“Have a coffee, a bite to eat or take in a movie at our little local cinema.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Establishment
“Local Supermarket. Known for good supply of craft beers! Open 7am - 10pm”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“On the South Coast with views of the Cook Straight - they do yummy duck fat potatoes”
  • 21 locals recommend
Establishment
“Good pies, sandwiches and coffee. Their chocolate lamington's are very good (and huge). ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Beautiful scenery - walk or drive from Island Bay around the coast to Lyall Bay & beyond”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beer Garden
$
“Great pizza, burgers, salads and beer. It has a courtyard out the back and a dining room with grapes growing on the ceiling that you can pick!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A fantastic aquarium in an old boathouse on the rocks. Targeted at kids they can get hands-on, elbow deep into tabletop tanks with starfish and other seabed denizens. Their Octupus feeding time talk is brilliant. Cheap and terrific fun for the kids.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
$$
“Very good Thai food, eat in (you go for the food not the decor) or takeaway. Try the ‘money bags’ for a starter. Say hi to ‘Pilot’ the host. Family run business for over 25 years in Island Bay.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Store
“One of my favorite stores which features NZ made jewelry and handicrafts. There is something for everyone. Lovely to just go in and browse. Super helpful and friendly staff.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“An iconic walkway located close by with spectacular views of the bay and city.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Boutique wood fire pizza. Caters mostly to takeout but has a few stools if you wish to eat there. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Playground
“If you are into diving, Owhiro Bay has four shipwrecks within approx 13 meters depth. There's a big old eel living in the wreck of the "Yung Pen" and whilst friendly he's as scary as hell.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Best sausages in Wellington - many delicious options. Lamb, beef, pork, chicken...”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Cosy, casual and good for kids. Been there, highly recommend 4.2 out of 5. 45 reviews. Source: Google”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
“If you like the views from above, you will be amazed by the views below the water! The scenic marine reserve is a whole new world well worth exploring.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“If you like the views from above, you will be amazed by the views below the water! The scenic marine reserve is a whole new world well worth exploring.”
  • 3 locals recommend