Discover this popular holiday spot
You don’t just get one Mangawhai – there are two. Mangawhai Heads and Mangawhai Village are linked by a picturesque causeway surrounded by native wetlands and bush. Both have thriving shopping centres with cafes, restaurants, art and craft galleries, speciality shops and a wide range of retail services. They are popular holiday spots. There is a choice of motels, bed and breakfasts, backpackers or holiday homes and baches. As well as a growing tourism industry, Mangawhai has a strong local community – there are many churches, sports clubs, and community groups, a library, Mangawhai Beach School and Mangawhai Preschool. The area also has an all-weather 18hole golf course. With five beaches within a 15 minute drive, residents and holidaymakers are spoilt for choice, whether it’s sailing, fishing, surfing or lazing on the beach. There are many coastal and bush walks with a panoramic gulf view from Whangarei Heads to Pakiri. Mangawhai’s sand dunes are a dominant feature of the estuary. Administered by the Department of Conservation, they are home to the rare fairy and caspian tern, variable oystercatcher and the New Zealand dotterel. Mangawhai is on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway just 90 minutes drive from Auckland or 50 minutes south of Whangarei.