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Newsletter March 2014


While March may be the first month of Autumn, the temperature is still summer here in the winterless north.


These boots are made for Walking

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Serious Hiker
Not so Serious
Lives Here
and Hobbits
And the Mangawhai Walking Weekend is almost here! Bring your boots – with 19 walks to choose from; whatever your style, there is a walk for you

Mangawhai Walking Weekend   The walking capital of New Zealand

 March 28th - 30th 2014
Walking imageMangawhai 80mins north of Auckland and 45mins south of Whangarei on the east coast.
Plenty of accommodation in the township so come for a weekend of fun, friendship good food and laughter.
  • Adventure in Mangawhai Park
  • Boot Camp
  • Brynderwyns Bush Tramp to Marunui Trig
  • Doggy Walk
  • Estuary to Ocean
  • Henrys’ Bush and Farm
  • Kayaking
  • Mangawhai Cliff Top Walk
  • Panoramic Mangawhai
  • Ramblers’ Food Experience
  • Romance on the Kaipara
  • Tamahunga Summit
  • Tanekaha Falls Track
  • Tanekaha Forest Track
  • Te Arai Unwrapped
  • Thornleigh Farm Walk
  • Tomarata Lakes to the Beach
  • Waipu Caves Experience
  • Waipu Coastal Trail
Follow this link for programme details  www.mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co.nz/programmes.htm

Mermaids Poster Jan 2014(copy)The after Party at the world famous in New Zealand!

Mangawhai Food and Wine Festival

  • Saturday 29th March 3-7pm
  • At the Olive Grove, Insley Street Mangawhai
Featuring The Mermaids
Relax and dance with The Mermaids, a lively trio of beautiful women with dynamic voices and glamorous style. They will be performing a ‘super-fun’ classic and current repertoire, from 1950's rock n roll to 2012 techno, 1970s disco to R&B. In addition to the fabulous music there will be a delicious selection of local cuisine and award winning wines and beer for your enjoyment. 
The Mangawhai Food & Wine festival is a lively afternoon event so gather your friends and your dancing shoes and come along for some fun under the olive trees.

logo-sail-rock-whiteEvents at the Sail Rock Cafe
Tuesday 4th March

Mangawhai Music Makers

notesWant to try your hand at singing?
Simply turn up and put your name on the blackboard – and of course listeners are equally welcome.
A sound system is available for use and there is a resident baby grand piano.
From 7.30pm onwards.

A $2 coin charge per person, this goes towards the promotion of the event.
You can contact Maura on 021 1648318 to talk talent!
paul(copy)Food and beverage available with special rates for this event.
Friday 7th  and 21st March
  • Maura and Peter Flower From 7pm onwards
Friday 14th  and 28th March
  • Allanah May, Laurie, and Craig From 7pm onwards 

Late announcement

Paul Ubana Jones
Saturday 15th March 7.30 pm

$40 includes food platter and 1 drink
Bookings essential ph 09 431 4051

Mangawhai Pub  Mangrove Estuary0164 2Music The Mangawhai Tavern

  • Saturday 1 March  Side Track - 8.30pm  Free entry
  • Saturday 8 March The Goods - 8.30pm Free entry
  • Saturday 15 March The Damage - 8.30pm Free entry
  • Saturday 22 March Twotone - 8.30pm Free entry
  • Saturday 29 March info to come  check the website

tara-ldoge-devonshire-teasAnd something to relax...
         Tara Lodge Devonshire Teas

  • At the historic Tara Lodge, Tara Road, Mangawhai
  • At: 1.00pm - 4.00pm each Sunday through  March
  • Cost: $10.00 per person
  • Bookings preferable ph: 431 4730
  • Garden games, chess, croquet
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snapper-webApple Basket  Patchwork

Pohutukawa-Tegan-web-The Apple Basket Patchwork Shop is situated in Kaiwaka. We offer our own original patterns  designed by Ngaire and Tegan Montgomery-Williams as well as designs by other well know designers including Amy Butler, Velori Wells, Heather Bailey and many more.  We also have a beautiful selection of fabrics, laces, felts, buttons, knitting and crochet yarns, haberdashery, ribbons, trims and lots of inspiration. 
The Apple Basket hold regular classes – all are welcome.
Visit our website or come along and see us at the shop in Kaiwaka

‘Logger Heads’ Traditional Longboarding Event 8th March at Mangawhai Heads

Contact Tony Baker mailto:baker.buddha@gmail.com for details


Melville Laird   MVHLS President 2013(copy)(copy)Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service

  • Our lifeguards will be patrolling between 10am-4pm (Dec-Feb) on weekends and public holidays through to Easter 2014. 

MuseumMangawhai Museum on Molesworth Drive

  • Saturday March 15th        Monster Garage Sale
All donations gratefully received and the museum volunteers will be happy to pick up any items you may have.
Ring Sharyn on 4314838 or Roi on 4315105
  • Friday March 28th    Auction
This is at the Mangawhai Club and starts at 5pm an re great items on offer. For entries please contact Adam Booth (0274155752).

the-clubMangawhai Club

Bayleys Two Day Bowls Tournament
  • Friday and Saturday March 29th
Home of the Mangawhai Bowls and Hakaru Women Bowls. We are at Mangawhai Heads, next to the Golf Club.
Open to members, visitors and friends Monday thru Friday from 3pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays ) from 2pm.

Ridgeback Fishing and Dive Charters

Fishing Trips from Mangawhai Ph 0800 347 467
Hen and Chicken Islands, Mokohinau Islands, Sail Rock, Little Barrier, Great Barrier

Experience an unforgettable days fishing, diving or sightseeing from our well-equipped charter boat. Departing from Mangawhai your experienced guide can show you the best fishing spots and dive sites.
Excellent fishing and an interesting and varied marine environment make Mangawhai a top destination for corporate trips, weekends away with friends, family fishing and diving adventures and a brilliant, memorable excursion for any holiday in Northland.
Explore some of the best diving in the world. Your guide can show you a wealth of interesting coastal features and many unique reefs and undersea pinnacles.
www.fishing-diving.co.nz  Ridgeback Fishing and Dive Charters Mangawhai  



Beach and Country Market

The Domain
Sunday:  23rd March
A country market of foods, wines, arts crafts and entertainment

Village Market

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Every Saturday morning Mangawhai Village market  Village Hall  9am until 1pm

For your Information needs

Carters Mangawhai Information Centre

Just arrived and nowhere to stay?  Call into the Centre and the staff will help you find the available accommodation according to your price range. 
Location is Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads, outside the Golf Club
  • Open Saturdays 11am - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 1pm. Ph 09 431 5090.
Outside the above hours the phone is manned by the Duty Motel (no calls after 10pm please)
email mangawhaiinfo@xtra.co.nz


Coming up in April

Mangawhai Museum On Molesworth Drive 
  • Saturday March 15th        Easter Saturday Book Fair
Did you know people come from overseas, well Australia, to attend this fair – one of the biggest book fairs in New Zealand!



The next newsletter is due out  April   2014
if you have any news you want included please send it to us before  March 20th 2014

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