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 village are Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa. 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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