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Cafe in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Whitebait Inn

A great place to try the local speciality of whitebait is this classic Kiwi diner. Look for the quirky statue of the whitebait fisherman on the roof before getting stuck into tasty fritters or an omelette stuffed in…
Film Location in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Hairy Feet Waitomo

Detour at Pio Pio northwest to the Mangaotaki Valley and Hairy Feet Waitomo, one of NZ’s most interesting Middle-earth–themed film location attractions. Scenes from The Hobbit were filmed here with a background of t…
Cafe in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Fat Pigeon Cafe

The Fat Pigeon offers good-value mains such as pulled-pork tacos, and huge freshly baked muffins and bagels crammed with salmon and cream cheese.
Pub Food in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Awakino Hotel

The Awakino River spills into the Tasman at Awakino, where boats shelter in the estuary while locals find refuge at the rustic Awakino Hotel. Look forward to hearty meals, including whitebait fritters, and a pleasan…
Museum in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Tainui Historical Society Museum

Mokau’s interesting Tainui Historical Society Museum has old photographs and artefacts from when this once-isolated outpost was a coal and lumber shipping port for settlements along the river. The adjacent art galle…