Be enchanted by Mangonui, a truly colonial fishing village faithfully depicting yesteryear - it has some wonderful historic buildings to be discovered when walking the Heritage Trail. Waterfront dining is almost guaranteed here, with restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, and accommodation lining the aptly named Waterfront Rd.
Rangikapiti Pā stands watch over the Mangonui Harbour entrance and provides stunning views over Doutbless Bay. The bay is a beach paradise encompassing the settlements of Coopers Beach, Cable Bay, Taipa and Whatuwhiwhi to name but a few, with safe, sandy beaches that are popular with families, and home to spectacular beachfront accommodation.
Once an island, the stunning Karikari Peninsula connects to the mainland at historic Lake Ohia. 18km long Tokerau Beach which is a surf-casters dream and beach settlement Whatuwhiwhi frame the western edge of Doubtless Bay. On the other side of the peninsula, the white sand beaches of Karikari, Puwheke and Rangiputa mark the eastern shores of Rangaunu Bay. Quirky Rotopotaka Lake, also known as Coca-Cola Lake for its unique peat-stained colour, is a popular swimming spot, but the Karikari Peninsula is most well-known for iconic Maitai Bay. The picturesque and sheltered beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling and the campground can be booked for overnight stays.
For those who prefer to leave the tent at home, a 3000-acre estate awaits down the road, complete with championship golf course and winery. Extensive wetlands nearby support breeding populations of numerous birds, and besides birdwatching, activities in the area include horse riding, kitesurfing and more.