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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
  • 2 Experiences
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
Trail
“There are two options for walking in The Redwoods. Walk the Redwoods Grove or other longer Whakarewarewa Forest walks on the ground. Check out the options in the Redwoods Visitors Centre. The Redwoods treewalk gives a viewpoint from up the trees. This option is particularly spectacular at night, with its atmospheric lighting. I recommend getting there either before dark or late to avoid the crowds. Last entry is around 10pm.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Located Cnr Wharf & Willow Streets, Tauranga. Open 10am-4.30pm daily except Christmas ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“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
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
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”
  • 63 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. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
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
  • 1 Experience
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 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. ”
  • 39 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
Hot Spring
“This is a great place to unwind after a busy day sigh seeing. You have a choice of private or public pools and at different temperatures”
  • 42 locals recommend