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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
“Walking up or around Mount Maunganui is definitely a must do when you are in the area. ”
  • 165 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“ Great parking at Bayfair Shopping Mall- huge undercover mall complex with supermarket, department store and over 100+ shops including food court and restaurants”
  • 64 locals recommend
Trail
“This walk is spectacular after dark when the artwork lanterns are lit up. It's very romantic and magical ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Dont know what to eat and where. Eat Streat is a pedestrian only covered collection of rotorua dining establishments. From ice creams to fine dining is catered for”
  • 59 locals recommend
Pool
“Bring your swimwear to relax in these hot pools at the foot of Mount Maunganui.”
  • 45 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
Café
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 62 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
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Enjoy a short hike along the Waikato river to the Huka falls or hire a bike from the local Huka Cycles. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Donation only to see artifacts and pieces of art from national and local artists. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“A wind down in town. Sitting soaking in the pools is great. Unless you are wanting a romantic occassion just pay for the regular adult admission.”
  • 42 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
Café
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“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
History Museum
“Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. It is the home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Cinema
“You can walk there! Massive chain theatre, they have four theatres and up-to-date releases.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“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
Café
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 62 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar / Restaurant Sit roadside and watch the world go by. Good selection of food / platters to enjoy.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best restaurant in town, with tapas-style sharing plates. A great place to go if it's a special night or you feel like spoiling yourselves. Best to book!”
  • 26 locals recommend

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