Doubtless Bay, in the Far North of New Zealand is home to the historic harbour and waterfront village of Mangonui.
It is a quiet tourist village now with a wonderful vibe, filled with quaint waterfront restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The historic buildings are all beautifully restored and the harbour is magical with clear waters heaving with fish ready for those who want to venture out and gather it.
This is one of the original and oldest towns in New Zealand for both Maori and European history.
Kupe, the original Polynesian navigator is known to have visited this area about 900 AD in the canoe Mamaru.
Mangonui was known as a safe harbour for whaling vessels by the late 1700s and in 1831 the first European settlers arrived.
By the mid-1800s, Mangonui was a centre for whalers and traders; the sawmilling, flax and gum industries were flourishing. In the 1900s, these industries declined, roads replaced the sea as the main transport route and Mangonui became a much quieter place.
There is a well looked after Heritage Trail which provides a glimpse of the great wealth of Maori and European history associated with this area.
To watch a scenic video of the area: http://www.seeanddo.co.nz/doubtlessbay