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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.
Natural Feature
“If you wanna good view, climb a hill. Our local sleeping giant can be drive up rather than climb and offers amazing views of Hawke Bay and the Heretaunga plains. There are cycle and walking trails of that's your thing and a beautiful stand of Redwood trees at the base of one side. ”
  • 105 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. ”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Zoo
“Enjoy exploring this very impressive underwater world. Includes cafe and gift shop. Fifteen minute drive from Seafield View. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Food
“Historical Winery, great food and views. Home of the famous Mission Concerts ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Museum
“Fascinating museum. Something for everyone. Fifteen minutes drive from Seafield View. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Our musuem has exhibits which give an insight into Taupo history , They often have ehibits that have a special interest to anyone intersted in NZ art or history ,”
  • 21 locals recommend
Night Club
“Amazing place, especially on a nice day. recommend lunching here but you can also go for dinner. Pricey but super food. great wine also. love their Viognier!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“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
Farmers Market
“Every Sunday morning at Hastings Showgrounds - about a 15 minute drive away. Don't have breakfast - you can eat at the market. Listen to the live music while you eat then grab a coffee and start your tour of the stalls. No better way to see the amazing produce Hawkes Bay has to offer. Remember to buy in between your sampling. It's all good but personal faves are Monsieur Macaron, Orcona for chilli products and all of the cheese stalls! Some places take eftpos and there are ATMs on site (there is a fee).”
  • 30 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Adults only hot pools, with different pools at varying temperatures. Just as you drive out of Taupo heading towards Rotorua. Straight after the BP petrol station. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Nature
“Also, a must to go on a lake tour, have a go at fishing for trout! and see the rock carvings. Drive to one of our lake bays for a picnic and swim with mountain views or just relax on the water front. Fantastic.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Very cool back alley bar with delicious bar snacks, exceptional cocktails and the very best in craft beers. ”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Upmarket bar and restaurant. Good cocktails, fireplace with lounge area, booths and cocktail tables. Good is quite nice too. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 31 locals recommend
Night Club
“Amazing place, especially on a nice day. recommend lunching here but you can also go for dinner. Pricey but super food. great wine also. love their Viognier!”
  • 32 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
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. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Classic Mexican food experience in a funky restaurant setting. Margaritas & imported beers plus more available. An absolutely delicious spot, but get there early for a seat ! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful extraordinary food. "Infusing Hawke's Bay Produce with far flung ideas to create dishes which will often surprise and always delight" Dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch Friday - Sunday 40 Hastings Street. (06) 834 4309”
  • 18 locals recommend

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