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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.

Café
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“This little gem of a café is in the seaside suburb of Castlecliff, it’s a great place for a great burger. Its also at the centre of the regenration of this are and you can enjoy their eating in their protected courtyard area or on one of the street side tables that have a fine view of the new landscaping around this street and the nearby Vostinar Gallery. www.facebook.com/thecitadel.castlecliff”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gym
“Castlecliff beach is absolutely beautiful and worth visiting early in the morning or late afternoon to watch the sunset. On a clear day you can see Mt Taranaki from the beach. The beach is unique in that it is a black sand beach, so midday visits in the height of summer warrants closed shoes as the sand gets really hot.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Cafe
“Springvale Cafe serves some of the best cabinet style food in Whanganui and also has an extensive menu to order meals from. It is situated in the Springvale Garden Centre and has a lovely gift shop to wander through as you head to the restaurant. There is inside and outside dining. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Garden Center
“An Amazing cafe, Awesome food and drinks, A great place to take the family for lunch or a late brunch. If your into Gardening you'll love to have a look around the Garden center too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Adjacent to the Whanganui Airport is South Beach. As soon as the tide goes out South Beach is a 20km stretch of sand, excellent for a days picnic, swimming, surfing or fishing. Up in the dunes are fantastic off-roading trails. Drive south and you can reach the mouth of the Whangehu River, or North will take you to the South Mole, another great fishing spot. Once on the beach the opportunities for great family fun are extensive. The beach is not patrolled so remember to watch the tides and take care at all times when near and in the water.”
  • 1 local recommends
Sublocality Level 1
“Castlecliff Beach Whanganui is a short drive from the city centre. A classic seaside holiday option with patrolled swimming, a well-established motor camp, playgrounds, skate park and easy access to an extensive west coast sandy beach. Fishing and surfing are also popular but these beach users tend to head towards the south end adjacent to the north mole of the rivermouth. Castlecliff Beach gets regular swell and the beach has numerous rips and holes. Beach users should swim in the patrolled area and ask for advice from Lifeguards. While in the neighbourhood stop for a meal or coffee at Whanganui's latest restaurant, The Citadel. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“THE CITADEL Great coffee, delicious food and excellent vibes right in the heart of our beautiful beach suburb! "Delicious burgers and fries with and two vegetarian burger options to choose from, and a range for the meat-eaters. Great coffee too, served cups made by a local potter. Staff were welcoming and down-to-earth. This cafe and the staff are a great asset to Castlecliff and to Wanganui in general" Thursday - Monday 9am to 8pm”
  • 1 local recommends
Supermarket
  • 2 locals recommend