Top things to do

Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).
Top Choice Museum in Palmerston North

Te Manawa

Te Manawa merges a museum and art gallery into one experience, with vast collections joining the dots between art, science and history. The museum has a strong Māori focus, while the gallery’s exhibits change freque…
Top Choice Museum in Palmerston North

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Fans of the oval ball holler about the New Zealand Rugby Museum, an amazing space overflowing with rugby paraphernalia, from a 1905 All Blacks jumper to a scrum machine and the actual whistle used to start the first…
Top Choice Park in Paekakariki

Queen Elizabeth Park

One of the last relatively unchanged areas of dune and wetland along the Kapiti Coast, this undulating 650-hectare beachside park offers swimming, walking, cycling and picnicking opportunities, as well as a tram mus…
Top Choice Seafood in Coromandel Town

Coromandel Mussel Kitchen

This cool cafe-bar sits among fields 3km south of town. Mussels are served with Thai- and Mediterranean-tinged sauces or grilled on the half-shell. In summer the garden bar is perfect for a mussel-fritter stack and …
Top Choice Cafe in Doubtless Bay

Little Kitchen on the Bay

Our favourite Doubtless Bay eatery is this cute spot just across from the harbour. During the day the sun-drenched interior has Mangonui's best coffee, excellent counter food and good mains – try the terrific burger…
Cafe in Auckland Region


This funky little spot features home-style baking, good coffee, and interesting fare like menemen (Turkish baked eggs) and breakfast bruschetta. Scour the stacks of cool magazines inside or chill in the compact gard…
Cafe in Auckland Region

The Fridge

Gourmet pies, healthy salads and wraps, and drool-inducing cakes.
Indian in Auckland Region


Hugely popular, this humble-looking and humbly priced eatery has the best dahi puri (chickpea, potato and yoghurt on a pappadam) in town.
Modern NZ in Auckland Region

Soul Bar & Bistro

Eating seafood by the water is a must in Auckland and this modern gastrodome boasts an unbeatable see-and-be-seen location.