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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Fairways B & B - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
10.00 5 Reviews
Mangawhai Heads, Mangawhai Heads
Modern, Comfortable accommodation 1 Queen, 1 Twin & 1 Single room. Guests own lounge. Tea & coffee making facilities, fridge. Freeview TV. Wifi (15 mins free). Great Location adjacent to golf course, mins walk to beach, shops, cafes.... (more)
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 nativ... (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 ... (more)
Grandvue Estate B&B - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
10.00 10 Reviews
Relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our Mangawhai hideaway which is nestled in 10 acres of park-like grounds with spectacular sea and coastal views.Only 4 minutes drive to the village and close to beautiful beaches, cafés and 1st class golf course.Two Queen Bedrooms are available ... (more)
Hidden Valley Chalets - Accommodation in Te Arai New Zealand
10.00 12 Reviews
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 s... (more)
Lake View Chalets - Accommodation in Te Arai New Zealand
Te Arai
Lake View Chalets are set in 80 hectares of farmland at Te Arai Point, 75 minutes north of Auckland. Positioned for privacy and peace in park-like native gardens, the six purpose-built chalets have views over, and direct access to, the Spectacle and Slipper Lakes and forest beyond. Gues... (more)
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
7.90 31 Reviews
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 hotsp... (more)
Mangawhai Lodge - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
9.40 23 Reviews
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 adja... (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... (more)
Mangawhai Retreat Apartments & Villas - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
8.50 43 Reviews
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-si... (more)
Mill Ridge Secluded Cottages - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
9.80 10 Reviews
Be in a world of your own yet still so close to all the amenities of Magical Mangawhai. Our boutique self-contained, self-catering garden cottages have panoramic rural and water views. Enjoy total relaxation with free WiFi, 50+ channel SKY TV and DVD player with extensive complimentary lib... (more)
Riverside Cottage, Kaiwaka - Holiday Accommodation - Accommodation in Kaiwaka New Zealand
10.00 9 Reviews
Less than an hour and a half north of Auckland, within easy reach of both East and West Coasts, yet only 15 mins from Mangawhai with its beaches and surf, Riverside Cottage has many advantages as a holiday location.The eminently affordable, self contained, eastward facing cottage with its ... (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 be... (more)
Sunhill Cottages - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
9.90 20 Reviews
Private, peaceful, quality self-contained cottages in an idyllic setting. 5 mins drive to shops, cafes, golf course, beach. Free Wifi onsite. Heated resort-style swimming pool & BBQ/entertainment area. Set on 10 landscaped acres with spectacular views across farmland, passionfruit vines an... (more)
Sweetwaters Mangawhai - Accommodation in Mangawhai New Zealand
Welcome to your spacious and comfortable holiday home at Mangawhai.Sleeping up to 12 people, it's a perfect place for a group getaway with friends, or for a quiet retreat for just two of you - we are just 1.5 hours north of Auckland.Sweetwaters has extensive outside entertaining areas and ... (more)
Tudor Oaks Motel - Accommodation in Mangawhai Heads New Zealand
7.80 7 Reviews
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 ava... (more)
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  • Bennetts' Chocolate Factory, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Mon 8 Jan 2018 10:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Looking for a fun way to occupy your kids this School Holiday period? Well Bennetts has you covered! In class, students will sample chocolate, make their own special chocolate projects, and take a tour of our factory. ... more
  • Te Whai Bay Wines, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Sat 30 Dec 2017 4:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Live music every Saturday afternoon over Summer. Come and enjoy a glass of wine or beer while listening to great local and Auckland-based musicians. Kick back and relax and listen to the chilled sounds of local and ... more
  • Te Whai Bay Wines, Mangawhai, Kaipara
    Sun 4 Feb 2018 1:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Long lunch in the vines with great food, entertainment in a fabulous setting. Includes a complimentary glass of Te Whai Bay wine or a beer on arrival. more
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    Sat 6 Jan 2018 5:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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    Sat 3 Feb 2018 10:00AM / Festivals
    Leigh Summer Festival will be a fun filled day of live music, artisan markets, delicious food and loads of entertainment for the kids - bouncy castles, ice-slides, swimming pool access and much more. All proceeds will ... more
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    Sat 10 Feb 2018 7:30PM / Alternative, Indie
    Don't miss these guys - all the way from the USA, they'll just be doing 10 shows around the North Island. They'll blow you away with their breathtaking banjo/fiddle/mandolin goodness, plus awesome original songs and ... more
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    Wed 14 Feb 2018 7:30PM / Theatre
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  • The Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei
    Sat 17 Feb 2018 8:45PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
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    Sat 10 Feb 2018 9:00PM / Socials, Singles, Balls
    Speed dating like you've never seen before! 9pm kick off with games & fun. Here's a face to face Single Mingle full of fun & potential. The host, Luke Bird from Luke Bird Entertainment Ltd will have you laughing and ... more
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