The Beach at MangawhaiThe magical seaside resort of Mangawhai is becoming an increasingly popular destination as visitors discover its hidden charms. The appeal is the white sandy beaches (5 within 15 minutes drive), with a sub tropical climate, beautiful walkways, giant sand dunes, wild life sanctuary and nearby lakes. Mangawhai is situated 80 minutes drive north of Auckland City and 50 minutes south of Whangarei on the Twin Coast Discovery Route it makes a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The twin villages of Mangawhai and Mangawhai Heads are nestled around a harbour fringed with pohutukawa trees and mangroves on one side and big sand dunes on the other. Dramatic vistas lead the eye to the nearby Hen and Chicken Islands and the Hauraki Gulf. There is a permanent population of 2000, which swells at weekends and holidays. The two shopping centres cater for all needs from the everyday necessities to quality crafts and gifts. In Mangawhai there are several cafés and restaurants, including the historic tavern which is a popular band venue in summer.

Geographic Location

Situated on the Twin Coast Discovery Route, 80 minutes north of Auckland City and 50 minutes south of Whangarei at the upper reaches of the Hauraki Gulf. 


2000 permanent and holiday population up to 4000 over summer


Auckland & Northland Route PlannerSub-tropical

Summer average: 17 - 25°C
Winter average: 11 - 17°C

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