A little out of the way. A lot out of the ordinary.

80 minutes north of Auckland on Northland's east coast, Mangawhai combines sun, sea and sand with great food, vibrant art, a rich history and incredible scenery.

Explore Mangawhai and 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 Northland's most varied and breath taking scenery, Mangawhai has something for you.


Mangawhai, where life revolves around the harbour

The best of both worlds

For surfers, the waves are consistent and for those looking for calmer water, the harbour and estuary offer safe swimming and paddling.

Mangawhai - a haven for artists

Rich with creativity

Artists of all kinds are prolific and if you take a drive around the area you will find an artist on every road.

Mangawhai offers exceptional walking trails

Coastal and bush walks

Stretch your legs on the Mangawhai coastal walk and don't miss the annual walking weekend, art trail and food and wine festival.

Where to eat in Mangawhai

Eating out

There's little chance of gastro boredom, with a wide range of eateries from iconic kiwi to authentic French, casual takeaways to fine dining.

Chocolate, wine and olive oil - check out Mangawhai's produce

Deliciousness at every turn

Home to Bennetts Chocolates, wine labels Te Whai Bay, Millars and Lochiel plus olive oil producers Toru Waiwai, Divinity, EVO and Lola.

Mangawhai markets

Local markets

Local artists, crafters, food producers and treasure trovers offer a substantial array of stalls at markets throughout the year.

What to do in Mangawhai

A smorgasbord of activities

Play 18 holes of golf, go bowling, kayak or paddleboard the estuary, fish off the jetty, take the kids to the activity zone… you're spoilt for choice.

Mangawhai's history and culture

History and culture

Your stay to Mangawhai isn't complete without a visit to our modern museum, for a fascinating trip through our past.

Mangawhai weddings - everything you need to get married in Mangawhai

Tying the knot

Everything you need to make your wedding day perfect in Mangawhai is right here, from gorgeous venues to photographers. 

What's on

Mangawhai Shed

An opportunity for people to commune over a shared passion for making things.

Featured businesses

Mangawhai Museum

Corner Molesworth Drive and Thelma Road, Mangawhai Heads 0505, Northland
09 431 4645

Mangawhai Museum

Mangawhai Activity Zone

191 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads 0505, Northland
09 431 4598

Mangawhai Activity Zone

Aotearoa Surf School

11 Te Arai Point Rd, Te Arai, Te Arai 0975, Northland, Northland
09 431 5760

Aotearoa Surf School