Top ChoiceBeach in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai's main claim to fame is the surf beach and its large hilltop car park fills up quickly in peak season. To the south a narrow spit of sand stretches for kilometres to form the estuary's southern head,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Mangawhai

Mangawhai Museum

One of regional NZ's best museums, this spectacular building shaped like a stingray is on the main road linking Mangawhai village to Mangawhai Heads. Packed with engaging displays on the area's history and...

Cafe in Mangawhai

Dune

Despite the name, Mangawhai's best restaurant 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,...

Cafe in Mangawhai

Sandbar

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

Coffee in Mangawhai

Brewed As Collective

Originally a pop-up, now a vibrant cafe with wood bars and serious 'third wave' coffee with tasting notes and cold-brew options for summer. Super-healthy breakfasts, and the rustic bakery offerings, are also top...

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...

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...

Cafe in Mangawhai

Bennetts

Rural Europe comes to Mangawhai at this atmospheric chocolaterie and its accompanying cafe. Sample handmade chocolates, then fill up on the all-day brunches in a sun-drenched courtyard by the fountain while...

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...

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...

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...