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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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“Go to Bennetts for an early lunch or to the chocolate shop to select some of their stunning products for yourself or a treat for a friend”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pub
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“Good old fashion kiwi bar with bucket loads of charictor over looking the estuary, child friendly, reasonably priced.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great food and then an easy walk to the Mangawhai Tavern to see great bands. Or the Saturday morning markets at the Village and the Tavern.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Beautiful beach and one of my favourite scenic walks...Mangawhai Coastal Cliffs Walkway. Start the walk along the cliff top track an hour before low tide, wind down to the beach and return via the beach...stunning!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Mangawhai Museum celebrates life around our harbour - with stories as diverse as WWII shipwrecks and lost gold bullion, geology at the beach, the plight of the Fairy Tern and the saving of the harbour entrance, the museum offers a fascinating look through our past and the characters who have shaped it.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“If you enjoy a selection of bears, then this is the place for you, Wood St Freehouse also has good food in a pleasant environment.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“It’s a nice walk with great views of our coast. Time is with the low tide and you can do the return trip along the coast time. Park at the Mangawhai Heads Surf beach, and walk north along the beach for 15mins then you see the signs for the track. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Food, David the owner is a great person and the decor is relaxing ..the omelettes are very tasty ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Catering for the Aucklanders so plenty of nice stuff as well as the essentials.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“Great coffee and hot chocolate, Chocolate factory with sales and samples....yum”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“THE SANDBAR EATERY | 7 Wood St | Brunch, lunch & dinner | 09 431 5587 | Focusing on fresh, locally sourced food, great wine and excellent coffee with attentive yet relaxed service. Enjoy an Atomic Coffee in their sunny courtyard, a light bite to eat or dinner with friends and family. Where the locals meet, to eat.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
“Much loved by the locals, every kids and teenagers dream with world class skate park, basket ball courts, tennis, cricket, flying fox, swings and play area, bush walks and much more.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“MANGAWHAI MARKET | 45 Moir St (10 min walk) | Every Saturday 9am - 1pm at the Village Hall in Mangawhai Village. A vibrant local market selling all kinds of produce and goods. Fruit and vegetables, cheese, olive oils, bread, coffee, delicatessen meats, plants, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and much more. A friendly, social way to pass some time on a Saturday morning while picking up all your vital supplies.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Winery
“Every Saturday from 16 January 2016 until the 6 February. Listen to live music while enjoying a glass or wine or beer. Local produce platters and BBQ food available.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“FRESH - DELI FOOD STORE & CAFE | 3a Molesworth Drive | 9am - 5.30pm (hours may vary) | 09 431 5247 | Offering a mix of Grocer, Fishmonger, Greengrocer, Deli and Cafe. Their commercial kitchen produces many different products – from smoked salmon to muesli plus a fabulous range of salads and sweet treats, with gluten-free options too. Stocking both Wild Wheat and Paneton bread as well as their own “World Famous in Mangawhai” Pizza Bases. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“My golfing family all recommend this golf course! I'm the only one who's not that golfy ;) ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Good old fashion kiwi bar with bucket loads of charictor over looking the estuary, child friendly, reasonably priced.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great food and then an easy walk to the Mangawhai Tavern to see great bands. Or the Saturday morning markets at the Village and the Tavern.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
“If you enjoy a selection of bears, then this is the place for you, Wood St Freehouse also has good food in a pleasant environment.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Food, David the owner is a great person and the decor is relaxing ..the omelettes are very tasty ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“THE SANDBAR EATERY | 7 Wood St | Brunch, lunch & dinner | 09 431 5587 | Focusing on fresh, locally sourced food, great wine and excellent coffee with attentive yet relaxed service. Enjoy an Atomic Coffee in their sunny courtyard, a light bite to eat or dinner with friends and family. Where the locals meet, to eat.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Winery
“Every Saturday from 16 January 2016 until the 6 February. Listen to live music while enjoying a glass or wine or beer. Local produce platters and BBQ food available.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“THE COW SHED | 53 Pebblebrooke Rd (10 min drive) | Thurs, Frid & Sat evening | Bookings essential | 09 431 2354 | Eating at The Cow Shed restaurant is a unique experience with delicious wholesome food that has a home cooked feel about it. The set menu consists of a generous three-course dinner with sides and a choice of mains. Where possible, all ingredients used at the cow shed are sourced from Wendy and Robert’s garden or locally. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Has undergone extensive renovations and is due to reopen any day now under new management and name "The Dune".”
  • 2 locals recommend

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