Mangawhai's hidden charms

This sleepy seaside resort is becoming increasingly popular as visitors discover its hidden charms.

Situated on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, it is 80 minutes from Auckland's central business district, 50 minutes south of Whangarei and overlooks the upper reaches of the Hauraki Gulf. Picture-postcard Mangawhai is a classic Kiwi seaside destination.

The appeal is the white sandy beaches - five within 15 minutes drive - the subtropical climate, beautiful walkways, sand dunes, and wildlife sanctuary.

Superb fishing, diving, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, surfing or boogie boarding makes Mangawhai a water-lover's paradise.

Over recent years Mangawhai has developed a reputation for quality cafes.

Whatever your choice, be it fish and chips, licensed and BYO cafes serving contemporary style food or standard fare at the historical tavern you'll find it here.

Entertainment is a regular feature, particularly over the summer and holiday periods at many of the establishments.

- Northern Advocate

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