Holidays in Mangawhai Heads Beach

Holiday Travel Guide

Part of a scenic natural harbor, this sandy South Pacific beach in New Zealand’s Northland is a wonderful place to relax or get active in the outdoors.

Swim or surf in the cool waters of Mangawhai Heads Beach and laze on the white sands during a long weekend or summer escape from Auckland. Straddling the South Pacific coast, this idyllic beach is a good introduction to the subtropical north of New Zealand.

Marking the harbor's mouth, the offshore Crocodile Rocks are one of the most photographed features of Mangawhai Heads. Overlooked by the surf life saving club, this rocky shore with continuous wave action is a good place to surf. If you would rather just swim, stay between the flags to cool off in the waters of the South Pacific.

After all that sunbathing, surfing and swimming it’s time to explore. Follow the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway a coastal track that takes you away from the beach and up into the dunes. The heather, grasslands and shrubs of these sand dunes are perfect nesting grounds for Caspian and fairy terns, oyster catchers and banded dotterels.

Just beyond the dunes there are the fertile farmlands of Northland. Buy some of the produce from these farms at Mangawhai village’s weekly markets. Head to the picnic tables next to the parking lot to eat your lunch with a view of the beach.

For an epic side trip, go scuba diving around the Mokohinau Islands, Great Barrier Island and Hen and Chicken Islands or hop on charter boats for a deep-sea fishing trip.

If you can, visit Mangawhai Heads Beach during the Mangawhai Walking Weekend in April. This energetic event usually coincides with the Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival.

Mangawhai Heads Beach is close to the town of Mangawhai, a couple of hours north of Auckland by car and only 1 hour south of Whangarei, Northland’s biggest city.

The Information Centre at Mangawhai Heads has up-to-date weather forecast information and brochures for watersports and touring options.

267 Cheap Hotels Near Mangawhai Heads Beach

Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai
Nestled on the beach, this Mangawhai Heads campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Mangawhai Golf Club is 1.5 mi (2.4 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
"Was a great spot, very clean and newly furnished by look of it. will definitely book again."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
5 Pearl Street, Mangawhai, Northland
Located in Mangawhai Heads, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mangawhai Cliff Walk and Mangawhai Heads Beach. Mangawhai Golf Club is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
A very spacious comfortable house with a well appointed kitchen.
"A spacious house with good outdoor decking and close to the inner harbour. Good walks abound. Very good communication by the Bachcare person who was informative and helpful."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2021

Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Collie’s beach house
Collie’s beach house
11 Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai, Northland
This family-friendly Mangawhai holiday home is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mangawhai Golf Club and Mangawhai Cliff Walk. Mangawhai Heads Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Amazing stay
"Our stay was amazing we absolutely loved the outdoor space. The layout was open which allowed everyone to mingle. We will definitely go back. Thank you so much!"

Reviewed on 15 Nov. 2021

Collie’s beach house
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Mangawhai Chalets
Mangawhai Chalets
3.5 out of 5
252 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai
The price is AU$154 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai
Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
5 Pearl Street, Mangawhai, Northland
Pearl Retreat - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Collie’s beach house
Collie’s beach house
11 Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai, Northland
Collie’s beach house
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
1 Kanuka Place, Mangawhai, Northland
Restaway - Mangawhai Holiday Home
Classic bach close to estuary and surf beach
Classic bach close to estuary and surf beach
29 Mangawhai Heads Rd, Mangawhai, Northland
Classic bach close to estuary and surf beach
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
48 Cullen Street, Mangawhai, Northland
Mangawhai Wonderland - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads holiday home
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads holiday home
23 Taranui Place, Mangawhai, Northland
Taranui Tides - Mangawhai Heads holiday home
The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
11 Taranui Place, Mangawhai, Northland
The Taranui Cottage - Mangawhai Heads Holiday Home
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