Just 90 minutes North of Auckland, you can escape to subtropical Mangawhai for an easy weekend away, enjoying this sleepy haven nestled between the rugged Pacific Coast and lush, rural scenery. For those looking to trade the hustle and bustle of the city for a Winter beach getaway, here are some of our top recommendations:
Discover New Zealand Bird Life on the Dunes
The geography is Mangawhai Heads combines a hearty surf break with a peaceful protected harbour. The Department of Conservation looks after the large sand dune area on the far side of the harbour, which is home to a variety of native and threatened bird species. Continue a stroll from Mangawhai Heads to the Village of Mangawhai along that causeway, which passes through native wetlands and bush.
Walk the Cliffs of Mangawhai
The Mangawhai Cliff Walk is a section of the New Zealand walking system and is described as one of the best coastal walks in New Zealand. The well-maintained beach and cliff-top walkway is one of the regular walks on the Mangawhai Walking Weekend but can be done any time of the year.
Relax at Bennetts of Mangawhai
This luxurious chocolatier and cafe offers an indoor alternative for wet weather days. Explore the showroom, sample the decadent chocolate and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the warm cafe. This innovative local business is a great place to purchase souvenirs of both the edible and non-edible variety.
Explore Mangawhai Saturday Market
Meet the locals and savour a hot drink as you explore the local fruits, vegetables, cheeses, olive oils, pastries, artisan meats, plants, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and more. This friendly local market is a social way to spend a lazy Saturday morning.
Stay at Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Filled with tents and families during the Summer, this popular Holiday Park relaxes in the Winter time, making for the perfect peaceful getaway. While it's a bit out-of-season for camping, you can choose from a selection of cosy cabins or park motel rooms, set between the Mangawhai Harbour to one side and the Pacific Ocean to the other. With new facilities and a range of amenities, this Holiday Park is an excellent base for explore the beautiful Mangawhai area.