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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
“Palm Beach is my personal favourite here on the island. If you love white sand, cliffed headlands and beach front homes this is the spot for you. Take a walk around the rocks to 'Little Palm' also known by the locals as 'Nudey Palm', watch out the naked bods! After a walk and a dip make sure to get a classic Kiwi Scoop Ice-cream from the local palm beach store. You can't miss it! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Vineyard
“The Veranda Cafe at Stonyridge is nestled in a thoroughly romantic and beautiful vineyard setting with great food and wine on offer. Enjoy the relaxed tasting lounge open daily from 11:30am for tastings. Stonyridge is the home of the famous ‘Stonyridge Larose’ wine.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Resort
“You can buy just about everything here, from dairy products, wine and delicious frozen meals.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Wild on Waiheke is one of the only vineyards on the island that is child friendly. Here you'll find a playground, trampoline, soccer goals, archery and clay bird shooting (for the adults). ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Food
“Boutique supermarket with quality fruit & vegetables, organic meats, and artisan & organic products. Good selection of craft beers and local wines. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
“(09) 372 9988 – Nestled down Ostend’s Putiki Road you will find this absolute gem – a quaint 1920’s cottage, serving fabulous coffee & sublime goodies from The Little Tart Bakery.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Establishment
“Open on a Saturday morning from 9am-1pm Bric a brac, food, old books, plants and organics - all sorts of surprises await! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“European style pastries and cakes, artisan bread, 'fresh as', baked on site”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to go buy local oysters, a lot cheaper than you will find them in the restaurants! Take them back to Rocky Bay and have them next to the ocean!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Arcadia offers a casual dinning experience with a fresh and inviting menu along with a great wine and craft beer selection to enjoy while you soak up the atmosphere. Location: 39 Palm Road, Palm Beach Phone: 09 218 9112 Web: arcadiawaiheke.com”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Spend some time (and some money) on this vineyard's selection of wines. You won't be disappointed.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Liquor Store
  • 1 local recommends
Deli / Bodega
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“If you're vegetarian, vegan or even someone that just loves organic fresh and delicious food this is the cafe for you. Set in what we might call the 'locals' suburb of Ostend, Timbuktu Deli offers everything from coffee, cakes, fresh salads, lasagnes and more. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
  • 3 locals recommend