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Things to do in Manakau

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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“About 15kms drive, but worth it. Top food in a beautiful country setting. Coffee and cake or a fully licenced fireside dinner, white tablecloths, roses and candles. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Vineyard
“6 Bishops Road, Ohau - Try Tasting the local Wines. Opens 11am until 4.30pm ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Opposite this supermarket on the council land a local market day is held every Sunday morning to early afternoon. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“From early morning cooked breakfasts, made onsite luncheon meals, sandwiches and daily baking to evening dining in the fully licensed bar restaurant. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“This small museum offers changing exhibitions of Otaki's history. Its also located in the middle of this sweet town from where you can check out the cinema, shops or get fish and chips to picnic at the beach. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“There are a bunch of outlet stores in Otaki if you are after a nearby bargain. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Establishment
“Everyone seems to enjoy their visit to Loco, but especially nice for the young ones ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Fantastic venue with lovely outside garden dining in historic Ferry crossing building and stables next to the great Otaki River, yet just a few minutes down SH1 from Dunstan Homestead. Neat gift store onsite.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Shoe Shop
“Otaki outlet stores are what most people from Wellington and Palmerston North travel to Kapiti for. There are many top brand outlet stores to choose from including Kathmandu, Ziera, North Face, Bendon, Alannah S.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Just down the road 7km. Has the basic essentials and great local free range eggs by the tray for $12! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Busy little market - Bric a Brac. Local Art, Produce and Baking. Olive Oil & Handmade Soap.”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“A myriad of outlet shops, specialising in many outdoor activity shops like golf, hunting, fishing Katmandu, IceBreaker, Merino, plus fashion ware for men, women and children. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shoe Shop
“Fantastic selection of around 30 stores, many of which are outlet stores for NZ's most iconic brands. Ice Breake, Kathmandu, Hunting and Fihing, bendon, just to name a few. Homewares, designer clothing, shoes, NZSale Outlet store, Coinsave, Womens wear, planet Retro, Hipstar, hairdressers, leatherware, little bakeries, Subway, NZ Souveniers, are all here just to name a few.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“Fantastic people and a great little shop for homeware, gifts, jewellery, bags and linen”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“About 15kms drive, but worth it. Top food in a beautiful country setting. Coffee and cake or a fully licenced fireside dinner, white tablecloths, roses and candles. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“From early morning cooked breakfasts, made onsite luncheon meals, sandwiches and daily baking to evening dining in the fully licensed bar restaurant. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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