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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.
Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is New Zealand's only surviving pioneer printery and tannery. They have hands-on demonstrations and tours of this fascinating early mission.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful food service great loverly sun sets. Book early as its a very popular restaurant.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Island
“Paihia and Russell Paihia, approximately 20 minutes drive from Kerikeri is well worth a visit for a swim and a shop. Catch the ferry across to Russell to see this delightful village, have a swim, or an ice cream or fish and chips. The Duke of Marlborough’s verandah is an excellent spot to stop for lunch on the waterfront. It may pay to get there early or to book a table if possible. Ferries are plentiful. Watch out for the massive, towering cruise ships anchored in the Bay or the odd pod of dolphins frolicking. Russell was known until the early 1840s as Kororāreka which was a lawless trading centre full of seafarers, whalers, merchants, deserters, adventures and escaped convicts from Australia. Today it is a beautiful and peaceful place well worth a visit.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn the history: It was the first capital of Aotearoa ( New Zealand) Land of the Long White Cloud. The capitals true name is Kororareka ( Meaning Sweet Penguin) English name Russell. The locals still know Russell as Kororareka. Learn about how the colonials, whalers intermingled with the Maori how they traded how the missionaries came in to the Maori environment and transformed there ways. Lots and lots more never neverless interesting ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Hotel
“Used to be part of the famous Duke but now under new ownership with a great Publican called Jake. friendly atmosphere, often has live music, sports to watch and a nice place for a pint of lager.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Fullers have numerous day trips out to and through the Bay's many islands including Cape Brett - a must! - and on a calm day they will take you through the gigantic rock! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Winery
“Great little vineyard with grazing menus close to Opua Easy walk from house via car ferry or drive and head onto Russell afterwards for an ice-cream after lunch ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Good service, friendly staff. Gets very busy during peak season. Allow plenty of time.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Awesome pizza and fish tacos. Gorgeous garden setting with living succulent walls and palms. Feels like the "Forge in the Forest". Our favourite for a casual meal with good wine and beer choices.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Superb views and historic flag pole that dates back to disputes between the native Maoris and early British settlers”
  • 6 locals recommend
Church
“Christ Church is the country’s oldest surviving church and was built in 1835.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Casual dining along the Strand - very good coffee! We occasionally paddle over for a hearty breakfast....”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly and informal, good food and service, great waterfront site. Brunch, lunch and dinner. Eat inside or out.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“This is a great beach for the family. You can park your car and sit in front of it playing cricket. Warm water and they have an ice-cream cart in summer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Basic Food but well priced and very delicious - variety of meals. Iconic - great photos and game fishing history recorded on walls ...”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful food service great loverly sun sets. Book early as its a very popular restaurant.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly and informal, good food and service, great waterfront site. Brunch, lunch and dinner. Eat inside or out.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Fish & Chips Shop
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In my view this is the best food wine experience in the BOI. The views are stunning but you will need to book and drive so appoint a skipper.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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