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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.

Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Motel
“A site of great cultural significance to New Zealand's indigenous and European people. This is where the country's bi-cultural nationhood was first formed wit the signing of a treaty in the late 1800s. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Museum
“Beautiful place to visit , go back in time looking around the Stone Store , Kemp House and all set in beautiful surroundings, awesome coffee house , cross over the walking bride and take the walking track to Rainbow Falls”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nature
“Great waterfalls at the end of a nice walk through bush. Details in our folder”
  • 21 locals recommend
Entertainment
“See the place where the treaty was signed, awesome museum , cafe and spectacular views ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“I really enjoyed the tour through Pompallier House and learnt a lot about the history of Russell. Their gardens are lovely and afterwards there is the gift shop and also a Cafe. They serve up good coffee and their pastries are just the best! Beautiful setting and the views are awesome!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Food
“See these awesome chocs being made - and try some tasty treats in their Choc Cafe”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Right at the end of Paihia Wharf, soak up the atmosphere at this popular restaurant. I can recommend the pork knuckle but you have to pre-order it as they run out! Call to book on 09 402 8296.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food
“Great for morning coffees/breakfasts, live music, fresh local produce along with great locally made art & crafts”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Consistently excellent food available throughout the day in beautiful sub tropical gardens.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lovely sunset dining. A bit more exclusive and limited seating so call for reservations!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great to go on a Sunday between 3-6pm for Happy Hour Drinks and also listen to a Live Band!! Worth checking out- and the food is good to!!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
“This is certainly a favourite of ours! Close to home, this well established vineyard with cellar door is consistently a superb experience for ourselves and our guests: beautiful setting, family-run establishment, great service, excellent food & wonderful wines. Well worth taking the time to do the complete wine tasting too!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to shop
“The Stone Store is an interesting historical place to visit. It is the first stone building built in New Zealand. Next door is the Honey House Cafe. It serves coffee in a beautiful setting and great cakes and lunches. There is always something blooming in the garden and the setting is truely relaxing. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Winery
“This is my favorite restaurant both in summer and especially in the winter when the fire is roaring. The meals are consistently good and great value for money. Outstanding selection of wine, both for tastings, to have with dinner, or to purchase to enjoy later!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cinema
“Excellent country cinema showing up to date movies. Has a restaurant attached.”
  • 9 locals recommend