Mangawhai is a place of soul and whether your passions are the beach, the sea, art, great food including chocolate, olive oils and wine; or walking through Northlands most varied and breath taking scenery, there is something for you here.
Mangawhai – The active and dynamic community achieves results like no other town and has built walking tracks, a skate and children’s’ parks and a new architectural designed museum.
Mangawhai is located in Northland around the Mangawhai Harbour. The township is at the south west extent of the harbour, and the township of Mangawhai Heads is 5km north east. Kaiwaka is 13km south west, and Waipu is 20km north west of Mangawhai Heads.
The two South Pacific Ocean beaches provide the best of worlds for quiet swimming and kayaking in the estuary and harbour; and the raw natural beauty of the surf beach. The harbour has a boat ramp and jetty with a long stretch of white sandy beach. One of three campsites sits directly at the harbour water’s edge. Kids love the white sandy beach and calm water. There is a deeper water channel within the estuary and being tidal, strong currents provide a good work out for the sport swimmer or kayaker.
The often photographed Crocodile Rocks border the surf beach providing a natural edge to the harbour outlet to the ocean. The surf forecast is often displayed at Bammas surf shop in the Village and at the Information Centre at the Heads. Rich in rock pools, backed by sand dunes and bush, with access to cliff top walks, the surf beach will entertain the whole family. The volunteer surf life savers are amongst the best in the country trained and organised by a dedicated team
Artists of all kinds are prolific in the Village and Heads and if you take a drive around the locality you will find an artist on every road. There is a thriving arts community. There are ceramics, pottery, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, sculptures, mosaics, and glass to note but a few. Art Trail.