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Things to do in Lyall 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.
Café
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“This is a local icon and is well known for both the variety of food (good range of veggie/vegan), and the location. It is right on the waterfront so always something interesting to watch. Great vibe. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Café
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“This bar/restaurant has good food and excellent scenery... it's a very special place.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Local cafe in an old shop. Quirky and amusing, with good coffee and good cakes, snacks. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Veggie and vegan food, and bar, great for a good meal. Just over the road from the beach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“Just a 2 minutes walk away and is great for breakfast, lunch or even just some fries and a shake. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Cool and quirky, with lots of life. The beach is the main focus, with good walks along coast road to east and west. Some great cafes, watch the inter island ferry’s cruise past, and planes arrive. Two supermarkets nearby, and buses to the city centre. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An old American-style ice cream truck burger bar which serves Welly's best burger eats. Crispy tunes and fairy lights galore, this place is a must!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Low cost store which is part of a chain all over NZ. The best place to buy inexpensive things you may have forgot to pack.Our local version of a small Target or Walmart.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“If you want to hire water sport gear - surf board, wetsuits, stand up paddle board, windsurfers etc”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Because you can swim, sunbath, surf and windsurf, walk along the beach, buy an ice-cream and/or fish n chips, or a coffee or food at the Maranui Cafe, Spruce Goose and others. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place to shop
“There is a tiny, retro cinema in someone's garage that plays films occasionally - it's appreantly hard to find out info on though. We've been meaning to go for ages, but alas, haven't visited yet!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Sports Club
“Unassuming cafe in the old Surf Lifesaving Club, with magnificent views out across Lyall Bay: A good spot to watch kite-boarders and surfers against a backdrop of planes taking off... while sipping a spirulina smoothie.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful beach, ideal for surfing, plane spotting - and a meal at the Spruce Goose cafe! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Houghton Bay is smack in the middle of this marine reserve. Established in 2009 it is now teaming with sea life. If the surf is low and the water clear you can see abundant fish, lobster and Paua (abalone) in shallow water with a snorkel or even in the rock pools.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Good swimming spot, small to medium sized waves usually. Good cafe's near by.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This bar/restaurant has good food and excellent scenery... it's a very special place.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Veggie and vegan food, and bar, great for a good meal. Just over the road from the beach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An old American-style ice cream truck burger bar which serves Welly's best burger eats. Crispy tunes and fairy lights galore, this place is a must!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Sports Club
“Unassuming cafe in the old Surf Lifesaving Club, with magnificent views out across Lyall Bay: A good spot to watch kite-boarders and surfers against a backdrop of planes taking off... while sipping a spirulina smoothie.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pizza Place
  • 1 local recommends

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