Top things to do in Mangawhai

Top Choice Beach in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai's main claim to fame is the surf beach at the northern head of its large estuary. The large beach-side car park fills up quickly in peak season.
Top Choice Cafe in Mangawhai


Despite the name, Mangawhai's best eatery is nowhere near the sands. Situated in the heart of the village, Dune is half bar, half cafe – with sunny outdoor tables arrayed around both. The food is excellent, includin…
Top Choice Cafe in Mangawhai


Polished concrete floors and a living wall set a quietly stylish scene for a daytime cafe and night-time bistro. Evening meals are sophisticated and deftly constructed, featuring the likes of fresh fish, Scotch fill…
Pub in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Tavern

One of the country's oldest pubs – established in 1865, but twice burnt down since then – the tavern's harbourside location is a top spot for an afternoon beer. There's live music most Saturday nights and Sunday aft…
Museum in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Museum

One of regional New Zealand's best museums, this spectacular building on the main road linking Mangawhai village to Mangawhai Heads is packed with interesting displays on the area's history and environment. Check ou…
Bar in Mangawhai

Wood Street Freehouse

Craft beer has arrived in Mangawhai at this buzzing bar/cafe, including a good selection from Northland brewers. Excellent food includes burgers, gourmet pizzas and shared plates – the truffle and parmesan fries are…
Vineyard in Mangawhai

Te Whai Bay Wines

Handcrafted wines include chardonnay, pinot gris and Bordeaux-style reds, and the beautiful vineyard is a great spot for a shared antipasto platter to enhance the pleasant illusion of being in a southern hemisphere …
Market in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Village Market

Held in the library hall, this is a good place to stock up on organic produce (including wine and olive oil), peruse local crafts and fill up on food-truck fare. Another market is held on Sunday mornings in the Mang…
French in Mangawhai

Frog & Kiwi

This relaxed eatery does a mixture of French and Kiwi cafe fare by day and more refined French classics at night. A five-course degustation menu (with/without wine matches $119/93) is also available, but you'll need…
Cafe in Mangawhai


Rural Europe comes to Mangawhai at this atmospheric chocolaterie, gelateria and cafe, where you can sit by the fountain supping coffee and munching on macarons. Savoury options include the likes of lasagne, Caesar s…