Mangonui is the centre of the Doubtless Bay area which has a warm sub-tropical climate, over 70 kms of unspoiled coastline and an abundance of safe beaches. Doubtless Bay is a holiday paradise and an ideal base for a holiday in the north of New Zealand.
A great wealth of Maori and European history is associated with this area. The Mangonui Heritage Trail provides a glimpse of this past over its 3km length. Mangonui Motel is located next to St Andrew's Church (No.8 on the Heritage Trail) high above the Mangonui waterfront and offering a magnificent view of the entire harbour.
See our recommendations for local attractions and day trips. Our best recommendation is to relax on your patio or balcony and watch dolphin and orca pods, schools of kahawai and other fish, charter and commercial fishing vessels passing through our waters and the twilight races of the Mangonui Cruising Club.
We recommend Dune Rider Cape Reinga Tours which depart daily from Mangonui and include lunch and Gumdiggers Park. See us for your bookings. (Note: a lot of visitors do the trip from The Bay of Islands - an additional 3 hours and a long day. Stay at Mangonui Motel and make it an event, not a marathon) The tour includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach and the Te Paki quicksand stream, a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse and the often turbulent confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea - all with knowledgeable commentary from your local driver. Collect tuatuas for your dinner, swim at Tapotupotu Bay, your delightful picnic spot near the top of New Zealand. Feeling energetic? Then grab a toboggan and try the enormous sand dunes at Te Paki Stream.