This historic fishing village, with friendly cafés and a wide range of water-based activities, is next to several popular beach resorts.
The fishing village of Mangonui is the main centre of Doubtless Bay. Once a busy whaling and trading town, Mangonui has a collection of charming 150-year-old buildings that now house cafés, art and craft shops and the famous fish and chips shop.
A three-kilometre walk around the village takes in 18 heritage buildings. There are also walks to picturesque Mill Bay and the site of Rangikapiti Pa, an ancient Maori fort with commanding views. Sailing, fishing and dive trips operate from Mangonui Harbour.
To the west of the Mangonui village, Coopers beach is where the pohutukawa lined golden sands where the waves are gentle and the swimming is safe. Sample the drippingly delicious ice cream at Cable Bay, known for its pink-sanded beach. At Taipa, marvel at the incredible collection of seafaring relics at the whaling museum and the array of unique vintage cars at the Vintage Museum.
Doubtless Bay as a whole is a diverse kiwi holiday paradise with beach after beach of luxurious caramel and white sands inviting you to swim, snorkel, fish, sail and watch the Dolphins and the Orca out in the Bay. A wide range of accommodation is available, although it pays to book ahead in summer.
Functional facts: Resident population Mangonui to Taipa approx 1,570, information centre, shops, groceries and a service station.
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