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Top Choice Museum in Hawera

KD's Elvis Presley Museum

Elvis lives! At least he does at Kevin D Wasley's astonishing museum, which houses more than 10,000 of the King’s records and a mind-blowing collection of Elvis memorabilia collected over nearly 60 years. 'Passion i…
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Opunake

Opunake Fish, Chips and More

This is as good as fish and chips gets. With a lengthy history (open since the 1960s), hand-cut chips, a range of fish (including fresh catches of the day to take home), smiling local owners and gluten-free options,…
Top Choice Pizza in Oakura

Black Sand Pizzeria & Bistro

Reliable Black Sand is right on the beach and shares a building with the surf club. It’s a surprising location to stumble upon authentic Napoli-style pizzas – all thin-based and blistered crusts – but these wood-fir…
Top Choice Cafe in Okato & Around

Cafe Lahar

Relaxed Lahar occupies an angular, black-trimmed timber box in Okato (hard to miss – there's not much else here). It's a lofty space with spinning fans, some tempting couches out the front and a menu ranging from po…
Cafe in Hawera

Someday

In a town short on decent places to eat, you can almost hear Someday cafe sigh at its surroundings. Around 20 can fit on the mid-century chairs and at the industrial communal table, where locals chat over cake and t…
Asian in Oakura

Panda Peeking

Plenty of timber, foliage and conical straw light fittings lend a tropical feel to this Asian fusion restaurant. Owned by the same people behind Hour Glass and Polpetta, this time steamed bao buns, dumplings and oth…
Beach in Hawera

Waihi Beach

You can access Waihi Beach by turning into Denby Rd and descending the steep gravel track from the carpark. At low tide you can walk to Ohawe Beach (or do it in the reverse direction). All black sand, rock pools and…
Arts & Crafts in Opunake

Pihama Lavender Farm

Technically in Pihama, 7km east from Opunake, this 2-hectare lavender farm in a former dairy farm is home to a local gallery and gift store. On the third Sunday of each month there's a farmers market. If you're pass…
Cafe in Oakura

High Tide

Formerly a food caravan on Oakura Beach, High Tide grew so popular it moved to permanent digs. It's super-fresh cabinet-nosh-only here (try the smoked-salmon bagel or a French pastry), and the coffee is the best in …
Lighthouse in Okato & Around

Historic Cape Light & Museum

A replica of the Cape Egmont Lighthouse, the Historic Cape Light & Museum is at the end of Bayly Rd, a touch further north around the coast from the original. Managed by Cape Egmont Boat Club, it was built to ho…