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Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai Heads Beach is a popular beach with an expanding resident population and reasonable facilities, including a surf club. This beach can become very busy during the summer months with a large influx of tourists and visitors. Swimming, fishing, surfing and boating are all very popular activities here.

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This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Mangawhai Heads Beach is an open ocean beach with a moderate gradient and normally one sandbar. The beach is a popular swimming spot with locals and tourists. It receives northerly through to easterly swells and provides generally good swimming conditions. Extreme care should be taken in and around the River mouth/ Harbour entrance and the rock groyne at the Southern end of the beach.


Mangawhai Heads Beach is an open ocean beach offering good beach and bar breaks. It is fairly exposed in comparison to neighboring beaches and receives northerly through to easterly swells. A good right hand wave occasionally breaks off the groyne at the southern end of the beach and the River bar can also provide good surf at times, although extreme care should be taken when surfing here.


Surfcasting and shellfish gathering are both popular at Mangawhai Heads Beach, as is rock fishing from the headlands to the North and the rock groyne at the southern end of the beach. The Mangawhai River mouth/ Harbour entrance offers both good fishing and an excellent anchorage for boats, although crossing the River bar during high seas should not to be attempted.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Sailing
  • Sand boarding
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Mangawhai Heads and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Mangawhai Heads is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at Mangawhai Heads

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Mangawhai Heads is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Mangawhai Heads Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 4:00pm between 28 November 2020 and 5 April 2021. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 21 December 2020 to 31 January 2021 between 10:30am and 6:30pm.
If there is not a lifeguard patrol on please do not under estimate your abilities. Do not swim alone and in the case of an emergency dial 111.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Mangawhai Heads. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Mangawhai Heads Beach is located at the northern end of Mangawhai Harbour, approximately 52 kilometres south east of Whangarei. It is a an exposed ocean beach with headlands to the North and the Mangawhai River mouth and Harbour to the South. The beach is patrolled by members of the Mangawhai Heads Surf Life Saving Club and is a popular swimming, fishing and surfing spot with locals and tourists alike.

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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data

Low Risk

Between 1 and 5% risk of illness

Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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