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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.

Scenic Viewpoint
“Enjoy the walk enjoying the flora and fauna on route to the amazing "Bridal Veil Falls". Well worth the walk, and great exercise. Bridal Veil falls is en route to Raglan Beach.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Nature
“Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history. Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave. Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.”
  • 19 locals recommend
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Located at Waitomo, Waikato Known for ml.gb.tag.Everything Else Sightseeing Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations. West, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a high limestone arch over Mangapohue Stream. Northeast of the village, Otorohanga Kiwi House shelters several species of the rare native kiwi bird. Polynesian Spa Located at Hinemoa St, Bay Of Plenty, 3010 Known for ml.gb.tag.Everything Else Sightseeing Polynesian Spa is a developed geothermal spa facility in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. Local Mā”
  • 29 locals recommend
Zoo
“Nice to spend a little time wandering though the area planted with native bush. The bird aviary and to see a kiwi”
  • 16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you love biking you might like to hire a bike and ride out to Lake karapiro from town on the purpose built bike path. Its about a 12 km return trip. Lake Karapiro is the heart of NZ rowing so while looking around you may see rowers training. There is lots of space to wander around and view the lake and there is a great little cafe if you'd like a bite to eat.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Not for the faint of heart and we would recommend hiking boots or sneakers you're not afraid of getting covered in mud. In winter it's a pretty treacherous track, in summer it's more doable - but still muddy bits along the way. A real achievement when you make it to the top, and there is a Doc hut at the top that you can book if you're early enough.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Endangered species Sanctuary from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“A great cafe set on Lake Karapiro. The Boat shed also hire kayaks so you can explore the lake.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“So much on offer at Lake Karapiro. Playground for the kids, amazing cafe, stunning views...definitely worth a visit. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Within walking distance at the lake. Great views of the lake and good coffee. Elite rowers hangout.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Located in the old railway station in the main street of Te Kuiti. A great café for any time of the day ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is my favourite bakery! They have won awards and are very popular. You need to get in their before 11.30am though, otherwise you might be disappointed. There is also a smaller shop in the main street of Te Awamutu, but this is the main one and has way more choices.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Trail
“Easily reached when you leave Waitomo This is DOC (Departmentof Conservation) land and totally free to enjoy. Picnic table and toilets are there to use.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“Must not miss while in the Waikato. Glow worms and amazing sights. 1hr drive from Blairgowrie House.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“The Redoubt has a live band Friday and Saturday Night. It has a lot of local history on the walls of the pub and celebrity memorabilia. Nice place to eat and meet locals from the area. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a local favourite to watch passers by while enjoying a drink and something to eat with local flavour.”
  • 6 locals recommend