Mangawhai Heads Beach

Mangawhai Heads Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views
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Part of a scenic natural harbor, this sandy South Pacific beach in New Zealand’s Northland is a wonderful place to relax or get active in the outdoors.

Swim or surf in the cool waters of Mangawhai Heads Beach and laze on the white sands during a long weekend or summer escape from Auckland. Straddling the South Pacific coast, this idyllic beach is a good introduction to the subtropical north of New Zealand.

Marking the harbor's mouth, the offshore Crocodile Rocks are one of the most photographed features of Mangawhai Heads. Overlooked by the surf life saving club, this rocky shore with continuous wave action is a good place to surf. If you would rather just swim, stay between the flags to cool off in the waters of the South Pacific.

After all that sunbathing, surfing and swimming it’s time to explore. Follow the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway a coastal track that takes you away from the beach and up into the dunes. The heather, grasslands and shrubs of these sand dunes are perfect nesting grounds for Caspian and fairy terns, oyster catchers and banded dotterels.

Just beyond the dunes there are the fertile farmlands of Northland. Buy some of the produce from these farms at Mangawhai village’s weekly markets. Head to the picnic tables next to the parking lot to eat your lunch with a view of the beach.

For an epic side trip, go scuba diving around the Mokohinau Islands, Great Barrier Island and Hen and Chicken Islands or hop on charter boats for a deep-sea fishing trip.

If you can, visit Mangawhai Heads Beach during theMangawhai Walking Weekend in April. This energetic event usually coincides with the Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival.

Mangawhai Heads Beach is close to the town of Mangawhai, a couple of hours north of Auckland by car and only 1 hour south of Whangarei, Northland’s biggest city.

The Information Centre at Mangawhai Heads has up-to-date weather forecast information and brochures for watersports and touring options.

180 Cheap Hotels Near Mangawhai Heads Beach

Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Lodge
4 out of 5
4 Heather Street, Mangawhai, Northland, 505
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$192 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star guesthouse in Mangawhai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Great views and a welcoming feel to the place"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2022

Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
3 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai, 0505
Stay at this 3-star beach campsite in Mangawhai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Popular attractions Mangawhai Heads Beach and Mangawhai Golf ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
"Was a great spot, very clean and newly furnished by look of it. will definitely book again."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Collie’s beach house
Collie’s beach house
Mangawhai, Northland
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Mangawhai. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the family amenities ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Can't speak highly enough of this awesome retreat
"We are a management team from an Auckland based NGO and we were doing Team Building work at a location near this property. It was such an amazing place to come back to at the end of the day. A lovely retreat where we could relax and connect. Highly recommended property."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2022

Collie’s beach house
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Mangawhai Heads Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Mangawhai Chalets
Mangawhai Chalets
3.5 out of 5
252 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai, 0505
The price is NZ$160 per night from 26 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Mangawhai Chalets
Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Lodge
4 out of 5
4 Heather Street, Mangawhai, Northland, 505
The price is NZ$192 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
3 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai, 0505
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Collie’s beach house
Collie’s beach house
Mangawhai, Northland
Collie’s beach house
Ocean and Country
Ocean and Country
Mangawhai, Northland
Ocean and Country
Starfish Sanctuary - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Starfish Sanctuary - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Mangawhai, Northland
Starfish Sanctuary - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.