Local Attractions

Things To Do In Mangawhai - Kayaking


Kayaking on the estuary can be one of the most relaxing or adventurous things to do in Mangawhai Heads. It really is a great way to spend an afternoon. Bring your kayak or paddle board and enjoy the adventures that the estuary has to offer.


Fishing in Mangawhai is great, even in winter! The locals will be more than happy to share spot X, no need to go far.

There are lots of Kahawai, or even Snapper to be caught in the estuary itself.

Bring your boat, hire a kayak or try one of the many professional charters operating from Mangawhai.

Best Fishing Spots In Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai Fishing & Boating Club


Walking Tracks

Walking trails in Mangawhai are plentiful. It's understandable then that walking is one of the most popular things to do in Mangawhai. Whether it is a short walk or something more adventurous, there is something for everyone.

A MUST DO is the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway, voted one of New Zealand best short walks. you can park your vehicle at our Holiday Park and walk to the beginning of this track.

Follow the link for more great walks in Mangawhai.



Water Sports

Water sports in the Mangawhai Estuary is a safe way to enjoy the day on the water. The speed/ski lane is perfect for towing the kids behind the boat or jet ski.

Even just go for a scenic cruise down the estuary and have a family picnic on the sand dunes.

Remember 5 knots at all time in the estuary between the yellow speed markers.

Things To Do In Mangawhai - Water Sports
Things To Do In Mangawhai - Golf


Playing golf at the Mangawhai Golf Club is a relaxing way to spend the day.

Mangawhai Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course consistently ranked in New Zealand's top 20.

Only a 3 minute drive away from our park.


Free Glow Worms

You'll find Glow Worms at Waipu Caves, within the entrance to the caves themselves, you will find stalactites, stalagmites and glow worms.



Things To Do In Mangawhai - Glow Worms
Things To Do In Mangawhai - Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

The sand dunes at Mangawhai Surf Beach are awesome for the kids to be sliding, rolling, running down, while the parents sit and have a picnic under the trees. This is only a 15 minute walk from the park or an easy 2 minute drive.

For more giant dunes, you can cross the estuary and spend all day exploring the dunes right across from the park. You can go all the way down the estuary and even walk over to the surf beach on the other side.



Located on the estuary, the Mangawhai Tavern Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. You'll find plenty of fresh produce from the area, and you're sure to pick a bargain or two along the way. You can also listen to the live music while having a coffee or chatting with the locals. There really is something for everyone.




Things To Do In Mangawhai - Markets
Things To Do In Mangawhai - Museum


One of the more educational things to do in Mangawhai is the Mangawhai Museum, with lots for you to see and learn. This modern-style museum is an affordable activity to do in Mangawhai. Learn the stories of Mangawhai and the role that the harbour has played on early Maori settlers, European settlers and today’s holidaymakers.

Mangawhai Activity Zone

The Mangawhai Activity Zone (or MAZ as it's better known) is a great playground for all ages.

It has children's playground, flying fox, pump track, state-of-the-art skate park, tennis courts, walking tracks and more. There's even a BBQ area for the parents to enjoy a family picnic while the kids enjoy what this wonderful area has to offer.


Things To Do In Mangawhai - Mangawhai Activity Zone
Things To Do In Mangawhai - Bennetts of Mangawhai

Bennetts of Mangawhai

Bennetts of Mangawhai will have your taste buds working overtime! A chocolate lover's dream, you'll find chocolate of all shapes and sizes. There are also great self mix hot chocolates, and chocolate workshops available to join. If you're visiting at midday, you can even stop for lunch at the cafe. It's one of the unmissable things to do in Mangawhai.



Tomarata Lake

Only 20 minutes from the Park, Tomarata Lake is a great spot to enjoy some fresh water and a white sandy beach. The lake is also perfect for wakeboarding, jet skiing and other watersports.

While you're there, go and explore the Te Arai Forest and the beautiful Te Arai Point. Te Arai Point offers great peaceful beach areas and great surf.


Things To Do In Mangawhai - Tomarata Lake

Things To Do In Mangawhai

The Great Outdoors

  • To burn off a bit of energy and enjoy some amazing scenery, why not try one of the many beautiful walks this region has to offer. The famous Mangawhai Cliffs Walk starts at the surf beach up some steps and along the cliff and return along the beach if the tide is right. Fantastic views – allow 3 hours return.
  • The subtropical climate of the Mangawhai area provides a lush environment for wine and food growers in the hinterland. You can enjoy live entertainment at the local bars and afternoon summer concerts at the vineyards and orchards.
  • If golf's your game, visit the 18 hole links style Mangawhai Golf Club at Mangawhai Heads.  With large greens, open fairways & full clubhouse facilities. You don’t need your own clubs as they have a full range of hire equipment including carts and fully equipped Pro shop. Meals are available on set nights.

Water Water Everywhere

Whatever your passion, Mangawhai is a water lover's paradise:

  • You can enjoy swimming, surfing or boogie boarding at Mangawahi Heads Surf Beach
  • If you prefer kayaking, water skiing or wind surfing, head over to the sheltered Harbour.
  • The beautiful coastline and nearby Hen & Chicken Islands are an ongoing attraction for fishing and diving enthusiasts. Fishing, diving or sight seeing can be arranged from full or half day charters with our local charter boat operators.

Mangawhai Village

A 6 km drive away is Mangawhai Village hub, with a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants:

  • A lively market every Saturday morning is held at the Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai Village, with a wide range of foods, products and crafts.
  • Don't miss the sensational Bennetts of Mangawhai chocolate shop and cafe. Peruse the mouthwatering selection of artisan fare made on site. You can even view the chocolatiers in action, concocting delectable delights to tempt your taste buds. If you're after something a little less sweet, stop by for a delicious lunch at their Mediterranean style cafe.
  • Around the corner is the fabulous Dune Cafe.  It's 'the spot' for locals and and holiday makers to enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch and dinner.
  • Next door you will find Fresh, which offers a range of quality fruit and vegetables along with other delectable pantry fare and fridges stocked with yummy pies, bake at home breads, yoghurts etc. try their scrummy ice cream or get a coffee to go.
  • Here's one for the girls! Pop next door to Meant to Be. You will be sure to find the perfect item for yourself or as a gift.
  • Across the road, you'll find the Frog & Kiwi restaurant, home of delicious French/Kiwi inspired dining.



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