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Thai in Doubtless Bay

The Thai

Northland's best Thai restaurant serves zingy dishes with intriguing names such as Angry Pig, Kiwi Chick and Mangonui Showtime, and there's also a good range of Isaan (northeastern Thai) dishes to go with a frosty S…
Museum in Doubtless Bay

Butler Point Whaling Museum

This small private museum is set in lovely gardens at Hihi, 15km northeast of Mangonui. The centrepiece is a still-lived-in Victorian homestead built by retired whaling captain, William Butler, who settled here in 1…
Cafe in Doubtless Bay

Little Kitchen on the Bay

With a terrace facing the water and a sun-drenched interior, this cute cafe serves Mangonui's best coffee, excellent counter food and good mains. Menu options include burgers, pies, toasted sandwiches, curries, stic…
Arts & Crafts in Doubtless Bay

Flax Bush

Pasifika- and Māori-inflected craft, jewellery and gifts, including items made of flax, wood and shell.
Arts & Crafts in Doubtless Bay

Exhibit A

This co-op gallery showcases Far North artists in a historic courthouse building.
Fish & Chips in Doubtless Bay

Mangonui Fish Shop

Locals dismiss this place as overpriced and full of tourists, but there's no denying the appeal of downing fish-and-chips and a cold beer on the deck jutting over the water. They also sell smoked fish and seafood sa…
Cafe in Doubtless Bay

Waterfront Cafe & Bar

Waterfront has water views and old-world charm, although the service can be hit and miss. A pizza menu kicks in at lunch and extends into dinner, when it supplements bistro dishes.
Market in Doubtless Bay

Mangonui Craft Market

Everything from local olive oil, home baking and jams through to carved kauri and country-style homewares.