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Mangawhai Newsletter August


August – the old English term for inspiring awe and admiration.

Here in the Winterless North, Mangawhai is tucked into the foothills of the Brynderwyn Range creating a micro climate unique to the area. Early buds are beginning to show and there is already new growth everywhere. Mangawhai is the retreat on your doorstep and most certainly awesome and inspiring. 

For the more adventurous…Or invite your inner child to play

Hot Rod and Custom Car Parade

The Hot Rods are coming to Mangawhai!

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The Whangarei Hot Rod and Custom Car Club parade through Mangawhai on Saturday 3rd August. The parade begins at 11am from the roundabout at the Heads. Led by the magnificent Mangawhai Fire Brigade, the cars will travel  down North Ave and through Wood St Shops along Molesworth Drive, across the causeway and into the Village, turning left on Moir Point Road and ending at the Tavern. The cars will be on display at the Tavern until 1.30pm.
All are welcome to come and look at the cars, while the drivers experience the Estuary Bistro and the glorious Saturday Market.
The New Zealand Hot Rod Association is dedicated to encouraging participation and enjoyment of their cars.  These are unique automobiles and the opportunity to see them and hear the roar of the engines is not to be missed!

Mangawhai Art    LOGO ART

Lance O’Gorman Workshop 17th August. Lance is an impressionist painter – well known throughout New Zealand and internationally.  He conducts many workshops which are suitable for all abilities.  His work is sold through the International Art Gallery in Parnell.  http://www.internationalartcentre.co.nz/gallery/
This workshop encourages students to experiment a little, using a conventional photograph as a basis to simplify, convert the image into shapes, designs, and colour and finding something else beautiful and unexpected!. 
The workshop will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm, cost $50 members/$55 non-members and includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea. The workshop will be held in private premises in Mangawhai, address to be confirmed. Please apply to Jan Grover jbgrover@clear.net.nz for enrolment. Your payment is appreciated 2 weeks prior to the workshop to secure a position.
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By Barry Clark By Dave Goodwin



Mangawhai Tavern

  • 3rd Whangarei Hot Rod and Custom Car Show
  • 3rd: Super Rugby final live
  • 10th The Damage from 9pm. Entry $5
  • 17th Joe Cocker Tribute Band, Col Collins and Guilty.
  • Dinner and Show $27.50
  • Show only $10.00
  • 24th All Blacks vs Australia
  • 31st The Goods from 9pm. 
  Enjoy a drink, a meal and entertainment at the Tavern. Watch the Rugby on the supersized TV, a massive 12 x 7 feet!

           Mangawhai Markets Saturday

Village Market

World famous in Mangawhai the Village Market each Saturday morning is always packed with local produce, art and crafts. This market is an absolute gem by country market standards, overflowing with stalls inside and out. Come to the Village Library Hall on the corner of Moir Street and Insley Street between 9am and 1pm for the ultimate country market experience! This market has more than Selfridges and much less intrigue…or so they say.

bennetsThe Magic of Chocolate at Bennetts

For the highest quality chocolates and seasonal delicacies for the most discerning gourmets! Skilled artisans can be viewed through the glass windows producing over 150 different chocolates that are sold fresh in the sumptuous showroom.
Bennetts Café is just alongside the Chocolaterie, this is the place to indulge in a signature hot chocolate or treat friends to a fine lunch.

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Fishing and Boating AGM

The Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club are having the Annual General Meeting on the 10th August. The meeting is for members only and includes a meal at $10 each. Meeting starts at 3pm. You don’t have to live in Mangawhai to be a member, just have an interest in fishing. The renovated the Club Rooms are at the end of Alamar Crescent in Mangawhai Heads just back from the boat ramp. See their webpage at http://www.mangawhaiboatingandfishingclub.org.nz/index.html


The Mangawhai Historical Society Inc owns and operates the Mangawhai Museum. Located on Molesworth Drive the Museum is a brilliantly designed building with a roof shaped like a stingray. Our name Mangawhai means “pathway of the Stingray” and there are various emblems and symbols of the stingray in the area. The Museum isn’t yet complete and relies on a dedicated Historical Society and local support and funds.
museumThe old museum in Moir Street, Mangawhai Village is currently closed for checking and cleaning of display items. Visitors are welcome to look around the outside of the building and the Old Post Office and Te Arai Library.
These buildings are typical early settler and transform so that you can almost hear the clip of horse hooves and the shouts from the wharf. The original wharf is just down the end of Moir Road beside the Tavern.
Photo The SS Kawau leaving Mangawhai Wharf


Looking  for somewhere to stay  check out  our website


Hungry but Don’t Want to Cook?

Choose from many of our great dining options in Mangawhai. There is so much choice and variety. Where to eat

§Frog & Kiwi

frogFor that fusion of French fine dining and Kiwi Café you cannot miss the Frog & Kiwi Cafe at the Hub in the Village. French travellers eat there are say it is the best French Restaurant in New Zealand. See their Facebook page!

§ Sail Rock Café

Sail Rock Cafe is an iconic cafe that has been in Mangawhai for over 20 years.  We have Sky TV logo sail rock whitecovering all sports.
Great selection of NZ Wines & beer.  Many gluten & dairy free options available. Great food, great company and legendary salt n pepper squid!
Wednesday August 21st 7pm we have a Food & Wine Match evening with Kirsten from Matawhero Wines.  Ph 09 431 4051 for bookings.
 $20 meal deal every day of the week
Sail Rock Cafe is at the Wood Street shops at the Heads.

§ Sandbar

sandbarFriday is Gourmet Burger day matched with a Craft beer for only $25’
Check Out Sunday Nights Hearty Winter Soups & House Baked Breads with a Glass of House Wine Or Beer
From 6pm for Just $19 


harvestBreakfast and Brunch are the specialities of Chris and his team at the Harvest Café. The friendly atmosphere makes an easy going ambience for the family. The play area is well planned and within easy reach of Mum and Dad guiding hands!
  • Smashed Pipi
smashed pipiThe iconic Smashed Pipi in Mangawhai Village combines both pub and Café. The vibrancy of local art and the relaxed comfort of the Café are a true reflection of Mangawhai.

§q barQ Café and Restaurant

Q is a spacious family restaurant with a reputation for family parties and work events in an informal atmosphere with great food. BYO and pizza – it’s a gem in the Village.


Mangawhai Park open day

 Mangawhai Museum

Sat 3rd August 10am-3.00 pm
The public is welcome to come and view the master plan for Mangawhai Park.
Your comments and suggestions are welcomed on:
  • Vision and principles
  • Management of the Park
  • Site description
  • Protection of valuable natural features of the Park
  • Current and future uses
  • Connections with and into the Park
  • Caring for the Park
  • Development plans and diagrams will be on display for your information.
Members of the steering committee will be on hand to explain the plan, answer questions and register your comments on the development and future of this important community asset.

The next newsletter is due out September
if you have any news you want included please send it to us before August 23rd 2013
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