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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.

Beach
“Hike around the base track about 40 mins slow walk. Walk up there are a choice of tracks to take. Stunning views, well worth the climb. You will need to have reasonable fitness or just take rests and you will be well glad you have done it. ”
  • 165 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Bayfair shopping centre has just completed major renovations with many new major brand stores to browse plus Farmers, K Mart and Countdown Supermarket.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great bar for groups of all sizes. Cool buzz once it really gets going about 10pm, lots of live music over the Christmas break.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Pool
“Bring your swimwear to relax in these hot pools at the foot of Mount Maunganui.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Located Cnr Wharf & Willow Streets, Tauranga. Open 10am-4.30pm daily except Christmas ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Certainly worth the effort to climb this beauty. If you're fit then a 20 to 30 minute hike to the top...but why rush! Not good for those with knee issues as lots of stairs. A walk around the Mount is also a great experience. I prefer to go clockwise so you're facing the beach side on completion....lots of cafes along the beach front along with public toilets and water stations. An easy 45 minute amble. Just 3.5 km around the base of the Mount.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you have kids the Hairy McLeary collection of bronze statues are situated on the strand next to the playground. Kids and adults alike love playing on these statues. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“McLaren Falls is 10 minutes away from Seventh Heaven. You are in for a treat with many things to do, so here we go... Marshalls Animal Park is in the park with a range of domestic and exotic animals, super for children to see. Phone 07 543 1099. Falls Cafe is located by the information centre. Phone 07 543 4976. Beautiful walking tracks and walkways so have your camera ready. Trout fishing happens all year-round in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal. You need a fishing licence prior to visiting the park which can purchased from some sports shops or online through Fish and Game New Zealand. Licences are not available to purchase from McLaren Falls Park. Wairoa River and McLaren Falls activities On the Wairoa river near Tauranga you can enjoy kayaking, rafting, fishing, running and setting up for a picnic. White water for kayakers and rafters is regularly released from McLaren Falls dam during warm months . I have done this and strongly recommend it for adrenalin junkies!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cinema
“You can walk there! Massive chain theatre, they have four theatres and up-to-date releases.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“We really enjoy walking up the Papamoa hills and the great view from the top.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Find yourself set in the iconic and historic Postbank building surrounded by antique furniture and books. Post bank offers a fine dining experience with French European cuisine. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Establishment
“Domain Road approx 7km. Two large Supermarkets (Countdown or Pak n Save), Banks and ATMs, variety store, Food Hall, tavern (Papamoa Tavern), Petrol Stations (“Z” full service) and Pak n Save (discount if you shop), plus a range of stores to meet daily needs.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Papamoa Beach is stunning and not overcrowded. There is a surf patrolled beach by Papamoa Domain. Papamoa plaza is close to the beach and has great shopping and dining options”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Good place to have a drink, get a feed and relax with the kids. Have a big outdoor space and places to play. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Establishment
“Great for breakfast but get in early for it gets too busy. Walk there and back along the beach instead of the road.”
  • 31 locals recommend