Easter is the last long weekend before Daylight Saving ends and autumn officially arrives, so we’re encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
There’s lots to see and do around the Mangawhai region into April. Read on...
Movies at Mangawhai Beach School
Outdoor Movie Night
E.T (The Extra Terrestrial)
Time: 8:00 till late
Date: 30th March 2013
Cost: $5 pp ($20 family)
Bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy the outdoor movie experience at Mangawhai Beach School. This is a family event so no alcohol is permitted. There will be sales of popcorn, candy floss and cold drinks so bring some cash.
There will be a special Easter Twilight Market at the Domain on Saturday March 30th from 3-7pm. Car boot sites are available. Phone 0274 586 144 or email email@example.com for bookings.
A Farmers Market will be held in the Bennett’s Courtyard on Sunday 31st March. Stallholders sell a variety of locally grown organic produce.
The Mangawhai Market will be held as usual on Easter Saturday plus there will be a market on Easter Monday at the Village Hall.
The Annual Monster Easter Book Fair
The Annual Book Fair will be held in the new museum on Easter Saturday from 9am until 4pm and Sunday from 9am til 2pm. There will be thousands of books available covering a vast array of topics. It’s a great opportunity to stock up for your winter reading. EFTPOS or cash purchases only. Book donations still welcome - contact Bill Bygrave on 09 431 2057 to arrange for collection or drop books off at the museum. All proceeds go towards the new museum.
Easter Fishing Competition a Family Day on the Water
The annual Easter Fishing Competition is on this Saturday (or Easter Sunday if postponed). Open to everyone, you can take the family out or charter a boat and get among the big ones – both the fish and the prizes. Fishing starts from 6am with the weigh-in from 4 - 5pm at the Fishing Club. Sponsored by Timberworld and the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club there will be great prizes up for grabs. If you can’t get out on the water, come along to the Mammoth Fish Auction after the weigh-in and buy some fresh catch for dinner. The club will be open with hot food and drinks available. Competition tickets are $30 ($5 for children up to 13 years old) available from Darryl at Mangawhai Fishing & Tackle or Trevor at the Mangawhai Service Centre in Wood Street at the Heads. Entries close at 10am on day of fishing. For more details, phone Trevor on 0274 328 774.
Easter Egg Drop
Causeway Church will be dropping 2013 Easter eggs from a helicopter onto the field at Mangawhai Beach School at midday on Sunday 31 March. Free admission.
Mangawhai Golf Club Easter Open
The Mixed Open Easter Tournament will be held at the Mangawhai Golf Club on Sunday March 31st. Sponsored by Barfoot and Thompson, it will consist of two divisions for men and one division for women with prizes for Gross, Nett, Stableford, Nearest the Pin, and $2 Twos. Tee times from 7:30am until 12:30pm. Entry: $45 for visitors and $30 for Mangawhai members. Enter at the Mangawhai Golf Shop, phone 09 431 4807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mangawhai Art Trail
Mangawhai Artists Inc will be holding their annual Art Trail on 6th and 7th April. Many local artists open their homes and studios to the public over these two days, while others exhibit their work in the foyer of the new museum. Go to mangawhaiartists.co.nz to find a list of locations to visit and read profiles of the artists.
Get into the Spirit of Walking
Places are filling up quickly on the Mangawhai Walking Weekend from 4th – 7th April. With 30 walks available to choose from, there are walks and talks suitable for all ages and abilities. 80 volunteer guides and helpers take part in the Walking Weekend as leaders or ‘tail-end-Charlies’ on the various walks. These volunteers know the stories and history of their favourite walks and enjoy sharing this information with visitors.
If you’re not feeling up to a serious hike, try the Clayton’s Walk. Our local fitness expert, Shirley, has devised a set of gentle exercises leading into a short walk. It is an introduction to increased movement and aims to help strengthen muscles that may have been out of action for a while. Lunch will also be provided as an enticement!
For the more active participants, join the inaugural 10km Mangawhai Off-Road Pack Fun Run through Te Arai forest to the beach, led by local marathon runner, Scottie. Entrants can choose from one of three running rates so that participants can run together with others of a similar level.
Check their website before booking to avoid disappointment www.mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co.nz or call Jean Goldschmidt on 09 431 5096.
Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival
After your day out walking or enjoying the arts, why not wander along to the Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival on Saturday 6th April from 3-7pm. Set in a beautiful Olive Grove opposite Mangawhai Beach School, visitors are invited to dance to the sounds of Room2Groove and enjoy the taste sensations of local food and wine. There will also be a Sausage Eating competition with the winner receiving a $50 voucher for Mangawhai Meats. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co.nz, at Bammas in the Village or Mangawhai Books and Gifts at the Heads. Gate sales will also be available for $30.
Tractor Cavalcade and Exhibition on Sunday 14th April
The Mangawhai Historical Society is holding a Tractor Cavalcade and Exhibition on Sunday 14th April. Join the classic and vintage tractor extravaganza and exhibit your machine at the Domain for a small entry fee.
Sponsored by Norwood Farm Machinery Centre, the cavalcade will proceed from the Mangawhai Fishing Club at the Heads to the Domain in the Village where great prizes will be up for grabs.
Contact Jim Wintle 09 431 4766, Roy Vaughan on 09 431 5828 or Alison Cox on 09 431 5654 for more details.
Mangawhai Golf Tournament – 26th April
A Golf Tournament to raise funds for Mangawhai Beach School will be held on Sunday 26th April.
Tee off at 12:30pm for Stableford, two men’s divisions and one women’s.
Entry is $45 per person.
Register with Denise Stuart at email@example.com or phone 09 431 4023.
Tickets available at the Tavern or www.eventfinder.co.nz
Live Music at Mangawhai Tavern
Thursday 28 March, Floating Bridges - 8.30pm. Door entry $5.00
Saturday 30 March, Santana Tribute Show 8.30pm. Door entry $10.00
Sunday 31 March, Live music in the Garden bar w' KingSnake - Rhythm & Blues from 3.00pm - free entry. Children's Easter Egg Hunt 3.30pm – free. Hot Spit Roast from 4.00pm: Adults $13.50 Children $8.00. Family of Four $40.00.
Saturday 6 April, Localize 9.00pm. Door entry $5.00
Saturday 13 April, The Damage - 9.00pm. Door $5.00
Saturday 20 April, Billy TK Jnr - 9.00pm.Tickets $20.00
Saturday 27 April, Tempist Fujit - 9.00pm. Door entry $5.00
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