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Mangawhai Heads
Travel Guide

The sun-kissed delights of New Zealand’s Northland come together around this vibrant natural harbor, whether you swim or surf at the Heads or browse the Village.

Mangawhai has an active vibe, with myriad beach and watersports activities, coastal walking tracks, skate parks and playgrounds. If you would rather take it easy, get your culture and foodie fix in the village and then soak up the sunshine along the beaches of the heads.

Mangawhai Heads and the Village of Mangawhai are linked by a causeway across the harbor. On either side you can enjoy the water, the sand dunes, bushlands and native wetlands. Book boat trips to the Mokohinau Islands, Hen and Chicken Islands and Great Barrier Island if you’re a diver.

Marking the harbor's mouth, the Crocodile Rocks are a Mangawhai icon. From the life savers’ surf club and picnic area above, locals and tourists alike watch the surfers outdo each other in the waves. Stroll along the beach and swim in the inviting waters of the South Pacific. Go kayaking in the estuary and harbor, which are subject to tidal movements and provide a good workout. The jetty is perfect to fish from and tackle and bait are sold locally.

Browse the appealing Mangawhai Museum for an introduction to the region. Learn about bygone Māori battles, shipwrecks and gold, the harbor and the plight of the fairy tern. Find these rare birds along the Coastal Track. The partly protected dunes are the nesting grounds of three tern species, banded dotterels and oyster catchers.

The Mangawhai Walking Weekend draws in the crowds in March or April and usually goes hand in hand with the Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival. Taste the Bennetts chocolates, wines and olive oils that are so lovingly produced here. Visit the year-round Village Market on a Saturday morning and the Beach and Country Market in summer. If you play golf, don’t miss the scenic Mangawhai Golf Course.

Mangawhai Heads is about 2 hours north of Auckland and 1 hour south of Whangarei by car. There are plenty of accommodations options in the region.

Visit the Information Centre at the heads for weather and sea reports and other tips for your stay. As they will tell you: you haven’t seen Northland if you haven’t experienced the magic of Mangawhai.

Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Lodge
4 out of 5
4 Heather Street, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
The price is NZ$210 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Situated in Mangawhai Heads, this guesthouse is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Mangawhai Heads Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lang's Beach and Waipu Cove Beach. Te ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
anga Lodge July 2020

"Jeannette was superb host. Turned on our heater to ensure our room was warm, had an extensive knowledge of the area and things to do and visit, and cooked us a superb breakfast in the morning."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2020

Mangawhai Lodge
Mangawhai Chalets
Mangawhai Chalets
3.5 out of 5
252 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads
The price is NZ$150 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

Situated in Mangawhai Heads, this golf guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club, Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Lang's Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (115 reviews)

"The owners were very friendly and welcoming. The chalets were very clean and nicely appointed as well."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2021

Mangawhai Chalets
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
29 Quail Way, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
The price is NZ$146 per night from 1 May to 2 May

This family-friendly Mangawhai Heads apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club, Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Lang's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Great stay

"Such a lovely little getaway! Lorraine was so kind and gave us our space :)"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
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.
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
29 Quail Way, Mangawhai Heads, Northland
The price is NZ$146 per night from 1 May to 2 May

This family-friendly Mangawhai Heads apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club, Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Lang's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Great stay

"Such a lovely little getaway! Lorraine was so kind and gave us our space :)"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

Comfortable Family Friendly Self-contained
Collies Beach House
Collies Beach House
11 Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai Heads, Northland

Situated by the sea, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club and Mangawhai Cliff Walk. Mangawhai Heads Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Awesome home for a group of friends

"What a great place to stay - we were a group of 13 lady golfers and the layout of the house was fantastic for the group. Would definitely come again and communication with Justine was superb!!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

Collies Beach House
The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
11 Taranui Place, Mangawhai Heads, Northland

Situated in Mangawhai Heads, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mangawhai Cliff Walk, Mangawhai Golf Club and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Lang's Beach ...

The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads 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.

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