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Mangawhai Beach & Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai is a place of soul and whether your passions are the beach, the sea, art, great food including chocolate, olive oils and wine; or walking through Northlands most varied and breath taking scenery; Mangawhai has something for you. The active and dynamic community achieves results like no other town and has built walking tracks, a skate and children’s’ parks and a new architectural designed museum.  

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The two South Pacific Ocean beaches provide the best of worlds for quiet swimming and kayaking in the estuary and harbour; and the raw natural beauty of the surf beach. The harbour has a boat ramp and jetty with a long stretch of white sandy beach. One of Mangawhai’s three campsites sits directly at the harbour water’s edge. Kids love the white sandy beach and calm water. There is a deeper water channel within the estuary and being tidal, strong currents provide a good work out for the sport swimmer or kayaker.  The harbour is bordered by large sand dunes, part of which are DOC protected for the rare Fairy and Tern Caspian and White Fronted Terns, Banded Dotterels, and Variable Oyster Catchers. The Dunes can be visited with DOC notices to guide you away from nesting sites.

The often photographed Crocodile Rocks border the surf beach providing a natural edge to the harbour outlet to the ocean. The surf forecast is often displayed at Bammas surf shop in the Village and at the Information Centre at the Heads. Rich in rock pools, backed by sand dunes and bush, with access to cliff top walks, the surf beach will entertain the whole family. The volunteer Mangawhai surf life savers are amongst the best in the country trained and organised by a dedicated team including Richard Kannemayer, 2013 Starboard Lifeguard of the Year.  
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Artists of all kinds are prolific in the Village and Heads and if you take a drive around the locality you will find an artist on every road. There are ceramics, pottery, jewellery, paintings, wood carvings, sculptures, mosaics, and glass to note but a few.  

MAZ (Mangawhai Activity Zone) is a skate park and children’s park. The skate park includes NZ’s largest bowl at 3.3m deep and the first replica backyard pool style bowl with stairs, love seat and death box. Watch this space for first class skate boarding competitions and international events!

And who hasn’t yet heard of the Mangawhai Walking Weekend. You can chose from a programme of interactive walks. The last day hosts the Mangawhai Food and Wine Festival with local produce, wine and great music. 

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Fishing, Golf, Cycling, Bowls....

Mangawhai Golf course is one of the top courses in New Zealand. 18 holes and club rooms overlooking the course make a golfer’s dream day. Or try your hand at bowls just next door to the golf club and also with national success with the local team. Mangawhai is good for cycling and walking. If you love the water, the natural harbour and waterways invite kayaks and boards to explore the intertwining routes. Fish from the surf beach, the jetty in the harbour or you’re your kayak in the waterways – it’s a smorgasbord of variety.  

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There is a wide range of eateries from fish and chips to fine dining to suit all budgets and tastes
The restaurants, cafes and takeaways all have their own unique flavour and all with individual menus give each a point of difference. Home to Bennetts Chocolates, local vine producers Te Whai Bay, Millars and Lochiel; plus olive oils, Toru Waiwai, Divinity, EVO, and Lola; there is little chance of gastro boredom.  

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Planning your wedding is so easy in Mangawhai
​Beach weddings
Garden weddings
Lodge weddings
For all budgets and styles  we have all you will need for your perfect day
Free wedding plan
Free wedding budget check list
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Mangawhai has a weekly Village market, Saturday Morning where local artists, crafters, local food producers and treasure trovers provide a substantial array of stalls. During summer the Beach and Country Market add to the shopping delights. Saturday Markets  local products, wines, plants, food, clothing, art, jewellery, olive oil  and more.  The village, Community Hall, Inlsey St Mangawhai 9am -1pm Sunday Markets local products, wines, plants, food, clothing, art, jewellery and more.  Mangawhai Beach & Country Market @ Domain 9-1pm  Labour Weekend - Easter

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Fishing Charters

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Mangawhai Lodge
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Holiday Rentals
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Choose from over 50 holiday homes in and around Mangawhai Accommodation accommodation for a small family or a large tribe.
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Golf Tournaments Mangawhai

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The Ridge Cottages
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Mangawhai Lodge
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Choose from over 50 holiday homes in and around Mangawhai Accommodation accommodation for a small family or a large tribe.
Book Now
Your Perfect Holiday
Fishing Charters

Ph 0800 347 467

  • All Rods Tackle Bait supplied
  • ½ day or full day
www. fishing-diving.co.nz
Mangawhai Golf Club

Golf Tournaments Mangawhai

Find out more here
A1 Coastal Realty Ltd
Licenced under REAA 2008

"We put you first"

Ph 09 431 5768

Paragliding @ Mangawhai Heads

2014 Mangawhai Bowl Jam

Mangawhai Surf Dojo

Mangawhai Cliff Top Walk


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When in Mangawhai...

They call it Magical Mangawhai, and with its beautiful beach, great food and proximity to Auckland we can see why. The Northland spot has become a favourite of foodies and fashion insiders, including Kate Sylvester and Viva editor Amanda Linnell. Here's our go-to guide of what to visit when you’re not at the beach... read more


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Mangawhai: Simple Pleasures

By Kathryn Webster
A shell on my desk reminds me of a weekend at the beach. It is a remnant of a whelk, rubbed and tumbled and smoothed over years at sea to become a lumpy ring. I’ve had many such rings over the years, rinsed clean of sand, slipped onto little fingers as the beach walk continues. This souvenir is from Mangawhai Heads’  ... read more

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Mangawhai: A little out of the Way

Little out of the way – A lot out of the ordinary! I think I may have just found where our next home is going to be...  read more

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Mangawhai: Days of wine and olives

by Susan Edmunds
A few years ago there was a campaign ‘Don’t leave home till you’ve seen the country’. At the time I thought I had seen a reasonable amount of the country but as we recently discovered there is often a lot more to a place than a one day visit highlights. Mangawhai Golf Course, less than an hour and a half's drive from Auckland, Mangawhai Heads is an unexpected gastronomic delight....read more

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Mangawhai: Seaside escape

by Megan Singleton
Mangawhai is something of a secret hideaway, frequented mostly by those owning baches there or who have spent years disappearing there on family camping holidays. Its tiny township is a little bit arty and a little bit country...read more

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Mangawhai: Outpost for the in-crowd

by Liz Light
Mangawhai has always been beautiful. Now, with fine food and art, it's cultivated too, finds Liz Light...read more

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The magic of Mangawhai

by Graham Hepburn
There's plenty to see and do - and eat - in nearby Mangawhai, discovers Graham Hepburn...read more



Within 80 minutes drive north of Auckland city on Northlands picture postcard east coast, you will find us just off State Highway 1 on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway.

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AOTEAROA SURF SCHOOL are giving 25 surf, Stand up paddleboard (SUP) and Kayak expereiences away.

We want everyone to get a chance to experience what Mangawhai has to offer so tell us what one of your favourite businesses is in Mangawhai and  why!!

5 giveaways every week. For 5 weeks! Check out our Facebook page weekly on how to enter! So many chances to win a free Stand Up Paddle boarding, Surfing or kayaking experience!


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Mangawhai on Top 10 list of place to be

top 10-724It may be just 100 kilometers north of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, but the charming Northland town of Mangawhai could be a whole world away. It’s a varied beach town: Mangawhai’s Pacific beaches offer the thrill of surfing while its peaceful harbor........READ MORE


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