The main activities to do in Mangawhai are related to the beach. There is the main Head Surf Beach which has lifeguard patrols but also the long ocean beach behind the sand dunes (Black Swamp Road) or the popular surfing spot at Te Arai Point.
These beaches are safe fro swimming, boogy boarding, surfing, surfcasting, walking, sunbathing. The sand is white and there are very few rocks and shells.
This fully licenced restaurant is conveniently located on the corner of Moir Point Road and the main road into the "Heads". It is nestled inside a garden centre for a nice tropical and exotic ambience.
The Inter-City Bus Service doesn't run buses directly to Mangawhai but it is possible to stop in Kaiwaka and make your way to Mangawhai from there. There are several buses that travel this way to take a look at the website for timetables and booking details.
Mangawhai is about 1 1/2 hours north of Auckland. Take State Highway 1 and turn off onto the Scenic Coastal Route just after Te Hana/Wellsford another 15 mins.
During busy holiday times it is often better to travel north of State Highway 16 which goes from Hellensville. From Auckland take the North-Western Motorway to the end and follow Route 16 from there.
In Mangawhai there are two shopping areas: One at the Mangawhai Village and another at Mangawhai Heads.
The Village is home to a Four Square Supermarket, BP, Swimsuit & Clothing, Butchers, Takeaways and Building Supplies Store.
The Heads Shops include Scotty's Four Square, Mangawhai Motors, Off Licence, Post Office, Hairdressers, Bakery, Craft and Clothing stores, Internet Cafe, Takeaways, Chemist, Stationers.
Less than 30 minutes drive from Mangawhai are the Tomarata Lakes which are great places for Boating and Trout Fishing. There are walks around the lakes also. The roads that access the lakes are unsealed. Nearby the lakes is Te Arai Point which is a great surf beach with scenic clifftop walks.