THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
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The charming fishing village of Mangonui is the main centre of Doubtless Bay. Once a busy whaling and trading town, Mangonui has a collection of charming 150-year-old buildings that now house cafés, art and craft shops, restaurants and the famous fish and chip shop.
There is plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy including scuba diving, fishing, hiking, swimming, surfing, scenic cruises, golfing, wine tasting, sightseeing and more. No matter what you feel like doing Mangonui and Doubtless Bay has something for everyone. These are a few of the options available to you…
Beginning and ending at the historic Mangonui Courthouse, the Mangonui Heritage Trail provides a glimpse of the great wealth of Māori and European history associated with this area. The Trail is three kilometres in length and sites are indicated by Heritage Trail markers. Some of these provide information at the site itself, others have a number which will refer you to details in the trail brochure.
For more information pick up a leaflet from the Doubtless Bay Information Centre on Waterfront Drive, adjacent to the Courthouse.
Dancing Petrel is a proud Northland wine, lovingly made by Kim and Graham Gilkison. Dancing Petrel vineyard is located on Paewhenua Island, nestled in Mangonui Harbour, and is accessed via State Highway 10. For a wine tasting appointment please call Kim on 021 241 3221.
Butler Point Whaling Museum, 1840s House and Gardens – Marchant Road, Hihi. Ph: 09 406 0006
Butler Point is a restored 1840s homestead and garden with magnificent Pohutukawas and surrounding grounds include a Pa site. The Whaling Museum includes a fully equipped kauri whaleboat. And offers an opportunity to enter into a forgotten history. Bookings essential as it’s not open every day.
Carrington Golf Course – 109 Matai Bay Road, Karikari Peninsula. Ph: 09 408 7222
Between the sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and the hillside vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south, is the Northland 18-hole golf course at Carrington Estate.
The course is designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities and offers a great variety of hole play, from one of the longest par 5’s in New Zealand, 569 metres (599 yards), to one of the shortest par 3’s at 113 metres (132 yards) over water.
Kauri Cliffs Gold Course – 139 Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay. Ph: 09 407 0060
The par 72 championship golf course, currently ranked #37 in the world, measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland.
Taupo Bay which is only a 20 minute drive away is a popular local surf beach. There are several peaks down the beach to choose from with both right and left handers. The wave is powerful and hollow, with good barrels on offer. There can also be a good right hander down the southern end of the beach. Good for all levels of surfer.
Health and Wellness – The Wmn Collective, 52 Waterfront Drive, Mangonui
A range of services, classes and workshops for women www.thewmncollective.com
Doubtless Bay Charters – Mangonui. Ph: 021 2931861
Experience a fun fishing charter trip aboard the Asterix, catch some amazing fish with Skipper Clint and enjoy the sights of Doubtless Bay. Operates from Mangonui harbour.
Doubtless Bay is all about the gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The following beaches are all just a short drive away, the nearest is Coopers Beach at just 2 minutes by car, followed by Cable Bay, Taipa. The Karikari Peninsula is about a 25min drive away from Mill Bay Magic and is host to 7 stunning swimming beaches. Matai Bay the most famous of all has some fantastic snorkelling too. Rangiputa Beach is dubbed ‘the Fiji of NZ’ with it’s white squeaky sand. All of the beaches pictured below are within 30 minutes or less drive from Mill Bay Magic.
There are many other amazing places to explore further afield, visit www.doubtlessbay.co.nz/see-and-do/ for more information.