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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
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“Beautiful alpine style conditioned Restaurant & Bar. Highly recommended for Sports night.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Best hamburgers, ever. Seriously. Also great Eggs benedict, 7 types available. 5 different types of fries. Food styles from all over the world. Do not miss this one. They also have quiz nights and cocktail nights so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive. Menu is in the brochure book on the dining table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In my opinion, the best dining restaurant in town. Great and well priced food. Great for kids too! With a kids corner full of toys and good kids menu.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“So worth a visit as has the best changing menu in Ohakune if you like something a little different ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Lake
“The walk around this lake is easy and picturesque providing many opportunities for stunning photos. Take a picnic to enjoy under the trees in summer as it is so peaceful and beautiful. The winter gardens are worth a visit year round.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local cafe serving locally roasted Volcano coffee and great food with a relaxing atmosphere.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Store
“Great service if you are hiring skis, bikes or need to buy anything ski or biking related. Great local knowledge from Ben & the team. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Wanganui is renowned for its thriving arts scene. The Sarjeant on the Quay is the temporary home of the Sarjeant Gallery while it undergoes a massive refurbishment. There are many art galleries in our city.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Such a fun place! great for kids at all ages no matter how good you are - well worth a visit! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great restaurant to visit that serves large portions and plenty of variety. It is recommended to book a table before going.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“This is the famous Ohakune Carrot that now has an amazing playground, BBQ area, toilets, pump track and walkway. Well worth a visit.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park full of trees, botanic gardens across the road. Dog friendly at the South end of Kowhai Park. Flintsone Park is also here.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Pak N Save next door and New World across from both Pak n Save and Countdown”
  • 4 locals recommend
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
Historic Site
“The Durie Hill Elevator celebrated it's 100th year recently. It is an absolute must see. Take the steps up and then make your way back down with the elevator. The views from up there are incredible and completely worth it. The cost is $2 per person per ride”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“Welcoming and relaxing place. Love the mussels in Thai curry and the cakes!”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Beautiful alpine style conditioned Restaurant & Bar. Highly recommended for Sports night.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best hamburgers, ever. Seriously. Also great Eggs benedict, 7 types available. 5 different types of fries. Food styles from all over the world. Do not miss this one. They also have quiz nights and cocktail nights so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive. Menu is in the brochure book on the dining table.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best dining restaurant in town. Great and well priced food. Great for kids too! With a kids corner full of toys and good kids menu.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great restaurant to visit that serves large portions and plenty of variety. It is recommended to book a table before going.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
“Welcoming and relaxing place. Love the mussels in Thai curry and the cakes!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Biggest boutique beer selection in town, decent restaurant, quiet and within walking distance. Has an English theme.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Good for pub grub or fine dining upstairs. Great to sit in the covered verandah on a sunny day and watch the world go by. Quiz night on winter Wednesdays a hit but book early or you'll miss out. Live music on occasions, always a good night out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Here you will find cosy apres ski ambience and really good food, try the burgers you won't be disappointed! They also do great deals throughout the week.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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