Idyllic beaches, breathtaking mountains, beautiful lakes – New Zealand has it all. From the South Island’s Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, to the surfing Mecca of Raglan on North Island, we traverse this beautiful country to bring you ten of its most scenic towns.
It’s a varied beach town. Mangawhai’s Pacific beaches offer the thrill of surfing while its peaceful harbor – flanked by sand dunes that are home to rare trees and birds – offers safe swimming and kayaking.
Events such as the Mangawhai Walking Weekend held each autumn encourages residents and visitors alike to discover the town’s natural beauty.
A longtime haven for artists too, Mangawhai has a thriving arts scene and is home to many galleries and studios.
Written by Helen Armitage for The Culture Trip