Things To Do

On Holiday

In summer 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 sailing, fishing, surfing or just lazing on the golden expanses of sand.

The Mangawhai Surf Lifesaving Club runs a popular summer programme of family-oriented beach activities; the entertainment featuring top New Zealand bands at the historic harbourside Tavern is legendary and the Golf Club hosts many open tournaments while bowls and petanque are available at the adjacent Bowling Club.

The annual summer carnival is held every January 2nd and is hugely popular for its’ full day of sideshows, stalls, displays and entertainment.

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.

Fitness enthusiasts can participate in the Annual Triathlon, explore the many bush and ocean walks or register for the highlight of the year, the Mangawhai Walking Weekend which is held in either March or April each year. Experience the real magic of Mangawhai on the many guided coastal, farm and bush walks. Feast your eyes on the panoramic gulf views from the Whangarei Heads to Pakiri.

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.

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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