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Mangawhai Heads Beach

Holiday Travel Guide
Mangawhai Heads Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views

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 the Mangawhai 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.

268 Cheap Hotels Near Mangawhai Heads Beach

Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
29 Quail Way, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
The price is NZ$162 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
This family-friendly Mangawhai apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club, Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Lang's Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Great host and great place to stay. Would definitely come back."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
5 Pearl Street, Mangawhai, Northland
Situated in Mangawhai, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Mangawhai Golf Club is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A very spacious comfortable house with a well appointed kitchen.
"A spacious house with good outdoor decking and close to the inner harbour. Good walks abound. Very good communication by the Bachcare person who was informative and helpful."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2021

Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai
Nestled on the beach, this Mangawhai campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Mangawhai Golf Club is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...
3.9/5Very 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
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Top Mangawhai Heads Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Mangawhai Chalets
Mangawhai Chalets
3.5 out of 5
252 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai
The price is NZ$160 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Mangawhai Chalets
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
29 Quail Way, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
The price is NZ$162 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
5 Pearl Street, Mangawhai, Northland
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Collies Beach House
Collies Beach House
11 Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai, Northland
Collies Beach House
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
1 Kanuka Place, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
48 Cullen Street, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Classic Bach Close to Estuary and Surf Beach
Classic Bach Close to Estuary and Surf Beach
29 Mangawhai Heads Rd, Mangawhai, Northland
Classic Bach Close to Estuary and Surf Beach
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
23 Taranui Place, Mangawhai, Northland
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
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