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Mar
12
The Mangawhai Walking Weekend is a fun weekend of guided walks, exploring our beachside community. With a 2022 theme of beach, bush and beyond. The Mangawhai Walking Weekend showcases the very best of Mangawhai’s ... More ►
Feb
5
We have a great market of talented and dynamic vendors setting up to trade for the day. Join us for a beautiful experience with an amazing selection of art & craft stalls, fresh flowers, tasty food selection, artisan ... More ►

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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Family friendly

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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

Activities

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

Facilities

  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Public toilets
  • Shower

Safety

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.

Hazards

Patrols

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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Cloud with possible showers
18°c
Max Temp.
21°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Poor. 3/10
3
Poor. 1/10
1

Tides

5:10Am
High
11:20Am
Low
5:30Pm
High
11:50Pm
Low

Safety at Mangawhai Heads

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. More ►

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Mangawhai Heads will be patrolled by Surf Lifeguards every Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday from 11am to 4pm* between 4th December 2021 until 18th April 2022. Week day patrols from 1030am to 630pm start from 13th December 2021 until 21st January 2022 *hours may be extended.

Hazards

Click a safety symbol for more information on the risk

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

Location

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.

Public Transport

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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