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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.
Cafe
“This place as the most awesome food , it overlooks the beach reserve. The have a great take away menu as well.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Bream Bay is full of stunning beaches so let’s kick this list off with one of the best, Waipu Cove! This white-sand beach is perfect for swimming, surfing and fishing. The best place for swimming is at the south end of the beach. There is also a campground, convenience store and cafe in the small settlement backing the beach.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Store
“Beautiful white sandy ocean beach. Beautiful to walk on, swim at, surf or boogie board at, or slide down the sand dunes on a boogie board!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“The view is breath taking summer or winter come and be invigorated. Walk down the beach, heading left, walk to the top of the sand dunes and be sure to take your camera. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“⋒ Worth the drive out to Ruakaka or a place to pop in on your way down south. ⋒ Sells tacos. ⋒ Lots of beautiful beaches close to it. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Route
  • 3 locals recommend
Place to eat
“VisitorsCentre with - Free - Refinery model with visual light and information show...explains it all and is a good 20min show Wharf at Ralph Trimmer Dr, popular for fishing. Or walk along beach and fish under the oil pipelines, and walk to the point. Papich Rd alongside logging. Park and bush walk to waters edge and wharf for fishing Mair Rd access to spectacular Bream Bay and surf beach. Walk to the point.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“One of the most beautiful beaches in Northland. Just 10 mins drive south from Glass Barn”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is simply the most stunning small white sandy beach with beautiful scenery all around. You can walk to this beach via Busby Head Loop walk or simply hike an easy 15 min over the hill and you're here!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is one of our favourite places. Park at the end of Urquharts bay and follow the signs walking over the crest on your left. It is well worth it, in summer make sure you take togs and a picnic. If you are feeling energetic, turn right at the start of the walk and walk around the head land. There are old army lookouts to explore. Keep following the path and you end up at Smugglers Cove. Kiwi magic at its best.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Marsden Cove Marina has an excellent restaurant/ bar; you can go fishing or sailing; a great place to spend time having a coffee, reading the papers and enjoying the ambience of the water and views.”
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Route
“You can do about a 3 hour loop walk that heads up the mountain, across the ridge line towards and back down to finish up at Ocean beach. Really nice bush, and amazing views from the top.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
“A good walk and then swim at a secluded beach and picnic under the pohutukawas.”
  • 1 local recommends