Mangonui, Northland

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  • Fishing and sailing is great in Mangonui.
    Fishing and sailing is great in...
    by Kakapo2
  • Picturesque buildings are dotted along the harbour
    Picturesque buildings are dotted along...
    by Kakapo2
  • Fish and chips at a spectacular location.
    Fish and chips at a spectacular...
    by Kakapo2
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    A Stop at the Fish'n'Chips Shop is nearly a Must

    by Kakapo2 Written May 8, 2007

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    Souvenir photo in front of the Mangonui Fish Shop.
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    The Fish'n'Chips Shop in Mangonui is probably the most well-known in New Zealand - and for this world-famous LOL

    Probably it is also the most expensive fish'n'chips shop of the country LOL

    But the prices are still moderate, compared to what you get in restaurant where they disguise fish'n'chips as fish or seafood basket. And as it is good and still rather cheap you must not wonder why nearly all the locals who show up are heavily overweight LOL

    On the other hand you do not just get the cheapest fish you can imagine, you can choose from several kinds of fish. The portions are generous. And you can get so much more than just the deep-fried fish and chips. They have fresh salads, crayfish, prawns and a lot more. Even coffee.

    And you can enjoy your meal sitting on the deck of a premise built on stilts right above the water. So in total a really nice break and just not another fish'n'chips shop.

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    Take a Turn to a Picturesque Historic Town

    by Kakapo2 Updated May 8, 2007

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    Picturesque buildings are dotted along the harbour
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    As the main road passes Mangonui you might miss the beauty of this small colonial town on Doubtless Bay.

    It has fantastic picturesque historic buildings. It is easy to see them all as they line the road along the harbour. Most of them have been finely restored and are just marvellous, surrounded by lush vegetation and flowering trees.

    One of the beautifully restored buildings is the old courthouse from 1892. Others host cafés and restaurants. They have a little map at the Visitor Centre for a historical round-trip walk. It will not take you too long as Mangonui is really a small place (with high house prices LOL), and you are rewarded with nice views.

    The town was founded as a whaling station in the early 19th century. It was a base for up to 30 whaling ships. It grew up as a port for ships engaged in the kauri trade. Timber was milled here and overseas ships revictualled. Trees were felled around the bay and floated to Mangonui to be milled.

    Now the town is well-known for big-game-fishing, and at the world famous Fish'n'Chips Shop as well as in other places you get super fresh and delicious fish.

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    Mangonui

    by stevezero Written Mar 8, 2005

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    Mangonui, Northland

    Mangonui is a small town on Doubtless Bay, full of interesting old historic buildings, This is the Old Post Office I believe.

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