Mangawhai is a relaxed beach community north of Auckland
Mangawhai, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland


A charming town north of Auckland, Mangawhai offers two very different beach experiences. Frolic in the surf or enjoy a peaceful swim in the harbour.

Mangawhai, also known as Mangawhai Heads, is nestled between the Pacific coast and rolling farmland. You’re offered a choice of seaside experiences here – a surf beach on one side and safe harbour beaches on the other.

On the far side of the harbour is a large sand dune area that's administered by the Department of Conservation. The dunes are home to fairy terns, Caspian terns, variable oystercatchers and New Zealand dotterels. Mangawhai Heads and the village of Mangawhai are linked by a picturesque causeway surrounded by native wetlands and bush. Charter boats are available to take you fishing or diving; you can also surf cast off the beach. Other local activities include donkey rides and mini golf.

There are several cafés in the area and a wide choice of places to stay – from motel units and self-contained cottages to farm stays and B&B's.

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Farmview Cottages Motel - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
If you are looking for privacy and relaxation come and enjoy our individual, fully self-contained cottages or our modern studios and 1-bedroom apartments with sundecks (sleep up to 5 persons). 2-bedroom cottage available (sleeps up to 7). Peaceful and secluded, nestled on hillside in native bush. Superb estuary and rural views. Indoor swimming pool, hot SPA ... (more)
Gateway North Motor Lodge & Coffeepot - Accommodation in Kaiwaka New Zealand
Welcome to our Motel and Cafe Gateway North Motel, Kaiwaka, offers 9 high quality, fully self-contained units, studio units and family units. Only 20 minutes from Mangawhai Beach, Langs Beach and Waipu Cove. 20 minutes from the famouss Matakohe Museum and 45 minutes from Whangarei. We are easy to find on State Highway 1, the main road north, with a large saf... (more)
Hidden Valley Chalets - Accommodation in Te Arai New Zealand
Te Arai
Do you just want to get away from everything and not be disturbed by anyone? We value your privacy if that's your thing! Secluded very private hideaway - 5 self-contained chalets set amidst 40 acres of spectacular native bush. Peaceful, self-contained one bedroom chalets with large sundecks, gas BBQs. You can relax in the outdoor hot spa and swimming p... (more)
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
Mangawhai Heads, Mangawhai Heads
Richard & Noela look forward to welcoming you to picturesque Mangawhai Heads Holiday park. only 90kms, 1&1/2hrs drive north of Auckland on a tranquil lagoon style harbour with adjacent boat ramp. A 5min / 500m walk to surf beach and the magnificent "Mangawhai cliff walkway".A holiday hotspot and water lovers paradise. 1km drive to shops, restaurant and cafes... (more)
Mangawhai Lodge - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
Mangawhai Heads
Mangawhai Lodge is a stylish Inn offering a choice of quality self contained apartments, (one disabled access) or classic B&B rooms which open to verandas and sea views, and a gourmet breakfast included.Enjoy spectacular sea views from the wide verandas, stroll to shops, cafes and the adjacent championship golf course. Relax or swim at the quite harbour beac... (more)
Mangawhai Park - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
Welcome to Mangawhai Holiday Park "your coastal hideaway" set in a tranquil, landscaped setting with our heated pool and lovely BBQ area under a gazebo. All units are quiet and smokefree. Kitchen cabins and park motels have linen supplied. Campers and caravans welcome.We are situated at 71 Moir Street, Mangawhai Village, with restaurant and licensed cafes, t... (more)
Mangawhai Retreat Apartments & Villas - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
Enjoy our complete haven with magnificent rural, sea & island views from all apartments and situated on 1 hectare of gardens amidst farmland.We offer three 2-bedroom villas set on their own section of garden and 4 x 1-bedroom apartments. All fully self-contained and self-catering. Queen-size beds, lounge, kitchen/dining area & sundeck with BBQ, DVD and Freev... (more)
Riverside Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
Riverside Holiday Park is located just 100km north of Auckland Harbour Bridge, making it your perfect choice for a first or last night-stop north of Auckland. You may be sure of a warm and friendly welcome at this peaceful holiday park, set in manicured grounds fronting a private, sandy beach on Mangawhai Harbour.Spacious sites for campervans, caravans and t... (more)
Tudor Oaks Motel - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
Mangawhai Heads
Boutique motel centrally located in Mangawhai village, adjacent to Bennetts Chocolates. Close to cafes, shops, estuary and boat ramp. 5 minutes drive to Mangawhai Head beaches and golf course. 2 x 2-bedroom units and 2 x 1-bedroom units, (1 wheelchair access). Budget accommodation also available. Clean, spacious, self-contained accommodation. All units (othe... (more)
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  • The Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
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  • The Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 8:00PM / R&B, Soul
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    Sat 26 Sep 2020 10:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
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  • Te Whai Bay Wines, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Sun 25 Oct 2020 3:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Live music Sunday afternoon on Labour Weekend. Come and enjoy a platter and glass of wine or beer while listening to well-known local musician Jon E Clist with free entry. Kick back and relax and listen to the ... more
  • Chocolate Brown, Warkworth, Auckland
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 6:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
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    Sat 12 Sep 2020 10:45AM / Dance Classes
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    Wed 7 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Jazz
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    Sat 3 Oct 2020 4:35PM / Rugby Union
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    Sat 15 Aug 2020 10:45AM / Mind & Body
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    Sun 11 Oct 2020 4:35PM / Rugby Union
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    Thu 22 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Fashion
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    Sat 17 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Circus
    The Funkyray Cabaret is coming to town! Produced by Kumarani Productions, this show features professional circus and flow art performers, aerial arts, dance, music, burlesque, drag, spoken word and more! Leave your ... more
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    Sat 17 Oct 2020 3:00PM / Circus
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    Fri 23 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Circus
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    Fri 23 Oct 2020 9:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
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    Sat 24 Oct 2020 3:00PM / Circus
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    Sat 10 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
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    Sun 18 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Theatre
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    Tue 20 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Mind & Body
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    Fri 23 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
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