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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.

Grocery Store
“The 4 Square in Coopers Beach is more of a supermarket than a convenience store. It has all the essentials and many of the small luxuries that are good for the holiday season. The staff are excellent - efficient and very friendly. Their hours of business are from 7am to 8pm everyday of the week. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Famous for best fish and chips, eaten over the water , bar available but informal atmosphere.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Food even better than Thailand (trust me I've been) Dine in or Takeaway with a bottle of wine on the deck!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good coffee and even better views over Mangonui harbour. I recommend the toasted sandwiches too. Also has a licensed bar for an afternoon wine in the sun. Outdoor seating with umbrellas for shade from the heat. Watch the seagulls don't steal your breakfast though!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Best coffee on the coast (made by Chaz) Great for breky, lunch or dinner! (Lamb pizza is to die for)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“The setting is wonderful. Right on the glorious Taipa Beach and estuary. You can have a coffee or meal that top quality. There is also the possibility of just having a coffee and a light meal.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
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“Old school New Zealand pub. Barney the resident cockatoo is great entertainment”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“Lovely little bar here and great food in the restaurant, highly recommended for breakfast lunch or dinner.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a BYO Indian restaurant that makes very tasty food. Spice lovers will enjoy this.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Discover the early history of the Far North. The Whaling Museum, is one of the most comprehensive museums of its kind in New Zealand; Butler House was the residence of Captain William Butler built in 1847; and there are beautiful gardens with groves of our flowering Pohutukawa trees. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Good Night Market - Saturday Markets, nice boutique shops, good selection of eateries, great views. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
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“Cheaper than Mangonui fish shop and still a good feed but not really a place to dine in ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great cafe, bakery and take away shop. Yummy jam and custard filled doughnuts, great coffees and pies. Just around the corner from our bach. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“A picturesque DOC reserve. A great walk (for dogs too) up to the summit, and to the surrounding beaches. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“From the top of the hill (which is easy walking from the car park) you can view all of Doubtless bay. The view of the sea and the land is very beautiful.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You cannot beat these ice creams (chocolate dipped with sprinkles you name it they do it) its a local hot spot - grab an ice cream and walk across the road to beautiful Cable bay. Also do great takeaways & meal specials ”
  • 3 locals recommend