This spectacular Northland region, originally used as the gateway to the Kaipara, is a thriving locale packed with activities and attractions.
The region is famed for its vineyards and olive groves, which unsurprisingly leads to an active local café and restaurant culture. Art aficionados can feast on local art trails and galleries, while those with sportier pursuits in mind can fish or tee up at the Mangawhai Golf Course, renowned as one of New Zealand’s top courses.
The Mangawhai Heads surf beach attracts wave seekers, with volunteer surf patrol from Labour weekend to Easter, and surf lessons. For those who prefer less of a thrill, there’s a tranquil harbour with a boat and fishing club.
Plus there are loads of annual events, including Mangawhai Walking Weekend, a food and wine festival and a January gala day which is run by dedicated Mangawhai locals.