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Hiking Trail
Mangawhai Walkway , Mangawhai
History Museum
The Kauri Museum , Matakohe
Delve into the history of some of the nation's first European settlers at The Kauri Museum, documenting the profound impact of the local fore
Tours from $22
Waipu Cave , Waipu
Tours from $250
Specialty Museum
Waipu Museum , Waipu
Tours from $1,610


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Mangawhai is a locality in Northland, New Zealand around the Mangawhai Harbour. The township of Mangawhai is at the south west extent of the harbour, and the township of Mangawhai Heads is 5 km north east. Kaiwaka is 13 km south west, and Waipu is 20 km north west of Mangawhai Heads.The population for the Mangawhai statistical district was 1329 in the 2013 Census, an increase of 411 from 2006. The statistical district covers a significantly larger area than the township. The population for Mangawhai Heads was 1086 in 2013, up 234 from 2006.HistoryIn the early and mid 19th century, Mangawhai Harbour was one of the main access points for the Kaipara. Ngāti Whātua used to drag waka from Kaiwaka to Mangawhai. A Ngā Puhi war party landed at Mangawhai in February 1825 and moved 12 km inland to confront the Ngāti Whātua at Te Ika-a-ranga-nui near Kaiwaka.Later in the 19th century, settlers would travel by boat from Auckland to Mangawhai, walk to Kaiwaka, and then travel on the water again across the Kaipara Harbour. By the early 1860s, a dray road existed between Mangawhai and Kaiwaka.Sand miningSand mining began at the Mangawhai Harbour entrance pre 1940. In 1978 the collapse of sand dunes, believed to be caused by sand mining, closed the harbour for five and a half years. Put Mangawhai at the heart of your travel plans by using our New Zealand online tour planner.

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