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Best things to do in Mercury Bay

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Hot Spring
“Such a beautiful spot! Two hot pools, grottos, gorgeous gardens. You will feel like you are on a tropical island in the middle of suburban Whitianga. Able to drink cocktails in or around the pools and food and platters are good. Don't leave without paying a visit.”
46local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Welcoming friendly homely B.Y.O Restaurant & Organic shop, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Indoor/ Outdoor garden setting, delicious food, fantastic art, live music, free wifi, Charismatic atmosphere, great family restaurant, swing and trampoline for the kids. ** Please Note: Booking is essential for dinner which starts at 6pm. Open from October until April. ( closed in Winter )”
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Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Delicious choices, relax inside by the Fire in the winter period or outside on the deck and enjoy the water views whilst enjoying a glass or two. Recommend the Seafood Chowder but other selections of sea food equally as good. ”
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Harbour / Marina
“Countdown does not use plastic bags for packing. We have lots of re-useable carry bags for you to borrow. They are hanging up in the laundry.”
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Restaurant
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“Awesome truly Italian pizza while looking over the view? Priceless. You can even walk there from your accommodation. We will leave you a hand drawn map, or we can explain the path to you. Abel the labrador will try to eat your food, but he is not allowed inside the restaurant so do not fret. Best views and wine this side of anywhere.”
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Establishment
“Fabulous Asian Cuisine. From Port Belly Bahn Mi, Pho Ga, noodle dishes and delish little bites like smoked fish wontons and dumplings, you will definitely not be disappointed.”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“World class fine dining right in our neighbourhood! Many people think this is an exaggeration until they go and see for themselves. Opening days vary throughout the seasons, so be sure to check current days and hours. Bookings can be essential, especially on weekends and peak local holiday times. In addition to a brilliant fine dining tapas menu, we can highly recommend the cocktails. ”
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History Museum
“The Museum in Whitianga has a range of Maori and European artifacts and colourful award winning exhibits that will delight all ages. Come and enjoy a trip through history and time in this Museum which is rich in history and will reward you with a greater appreciation of the Mercury Bay. Adults $7.50 Seniors, Locals & Students $6 Children (5-16) $2 (under 5 free ) Families $15.00”
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Café
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“Fab coffee, and lovely varied breakfast /lunch menu with tasty treats from the cabinet also, on the main street, outdoor seating.”
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Café
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“Lovely Harbour view, friendly, relaxed and great selections of Breakfast choices and Lunch. Good Coffee. Licensed.”
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Beach
“From Shakespeare Cliff follow signs down the track to the gorgeous Lonely bay.”
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Travel Agency
“Coastal views and trip to the Cathedral Cove - Opportunity to see marine life and do the snorkeling trail”
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Pub
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“The Irish pubs are always a great start. Good selection of food and lots of beverage choices. Nice and relaxing sitting with stunning view of the water having a drink and bite to eat!”
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Cafe
“Yum food selection and coffee. Lovely seating outside looking across to the wharf and river. Great playground across the road for the kids.”
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Park
“A good climb and beautiful views. Lots of hiking areas around so enjoy the outdoor scenery and make the most of the sunny days”
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Establishment
“Check out the closing hours as they do change in the winter. Great for all your supplies from just the newspaper right to meal ingredients. Great for ice-creams, pies and sweets.”
6local recommendations