Mangawhai, is a thriving coastal area of shops, galleries and cafes with a tranquil lagoon-style harbour, dramatic sand dunes and exhilarating surf beaches. The area is 80mins north of Auckland and 45mins south of Whangarei on the east coast
An area of contrasts with a surf beach on one side and safe harbour beaches on the other. On the far side of the harbour is a large sand dune area home to many native birds including fairy terns, Caspian terns, variable oystercatchers and New Zealand dotterels.
There are fabulous beaches in the area; Mangawhai Surf Beach, Te Arai, Langs Beach and Waipu Cove for surfing, boogie boarding, walking, swimming, beachcombing, dune and rock climbing; and Mangawhai Harbour for jet skiing, boating, kayaking, kite surfing, water-skiing, wind surfing and safe swimming for kids.