Things To Do

On Holiday

Mangawhai buzzes with holiday home owners and tourists enjoying the many diverse activities and events on offer. With 5 beaches within a 15 minute drive you are spoiled for choice, whether it is walking, sailing, fishing, surfing or just lazing on the golden expanses of sand.

The entertainment featuring top New Zealand bands at the historic harbourside Tavern is legendary and the annual summer carnival is held every January 2nd and is hugely popular for its’ full day of sideshows, stalls, displays and entertainment.

Mangawhai offers a wide variety of ALL WEATHER WALKING tracks you can experience the bush or feast your eyes on the panoramic gulf views from the Whangarei Heads to Pakiri. Click on the following links, curtesy of the Mangawhai Walking Weekend website, to find out more information on the amazing walks available in Mangawhai.

Goldschmidt Panoramic Walk – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

Mangawhai Cliff Walk – Mangawhai Walking Weekend 

Mangawhai Estuary Walk – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

Mangawhai Park – Paul’s Walk – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

Tanekaha Walks – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

Te Arai Point – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

The Missing Link – Mangawhai Walking Weekend

Mangawhai boasts a thriving arts community, with over 40 artisans and craftspeople combining to open their studios for the annual Mangawhai Art Trail, held in conjunction with the Walking Weekend.

Kayak across the harbour to the sand dunes or explore quiet mangrove-lined tributaries. Mangawhai’s sand dunes are a dominant feature of the harbour. Administered by the Department of Conservation, they are home to the rare Fairy and Caspian tern, variable oystercatcher and the New Zealand Dotterel.

Foodies are well catered for with licensed cafes/restaurants serving a diverse range of styles (and yes, the coffee is great, too!), tastings at the local vineyard and award-winning olive oil estates, weekly organic farmers


• fishing
• water skiing
• ocean walks
• golf
• olive farm and
• vineyard visits
• summer bands
• annual carnival


• diving
• bird sanctuary
• tennis
• surf carnivals
• surf lessons
• annual triathlon
• shopping
• eating out
• kayaking


• surfing
• bush walks
• horse riding
• mini golf
• petangue
• art gallery
• farmers’ market
• “Hidden Mangawhai” Tour
• Historic Museum

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