Mangonui is the centre of the Doubtless Bay with over 70 kms of unspoiled coastline and an abundance of safe beaches. Doubtless Bay is a holiday paradise and an ideal base for a holiday in the Northland of New Zealand. Mangonui is the main fishing and commercial and social centre of the Doubtless Bay region. Mangonui is a town not to be missed.
The Mangonui Hotel is an early 1900’s hotel built in the traditional manner of that era. The hotel is the meeting place for the fisheries and locals. A large and friendly talking parrot is a suitable and appropriate iconic addition to the bar area.
A quote from the current owners off their website:-
“The welcome you will receive at the Mangonui Hotel will take you back to an earlier, more relaxed time."
Hotel Mangonui has been described as New Zealand's most beautiful hotel and enjoys Historic Places Trust classification. Retaining all the elegance of the original structure, the hotel has been renovated in keeping with the character and charm of its unique location.
The hotel has been the social centre of the town for most of its history, and today many local groups use the facilities for their gatherings.
The hotel was built by a Mr John Bray in 1905. The exterior of the building has remained unchanged over the years, and inside the interior has retained its old world charm.
The Hotel Mangonui is surrounded by buildings built at the same time. These include the Post Office (1904), the General Store (1907) and the Court House (1896).
Mangonui was one of the first settlements in New Zealand, and is one of the few towns that has managed to retain its early character. Fishing has long been its main industry and still boasts a substantial resident group of fishermen. Snapper, kingfish and crayfish abound in the area.
We hope you enjoy your stay in our historic township.
Pat and Paddy O'Leary”
The St Andrews church that looks over the Mangonui Township and harbor was built in 1860, and a number of the grave sites bear testimony to the age of the church. The church and surrounds are in pristine condition. This is a delightful church and the gravesites give a great insight into the long history of Mangonui.
The Mangonui War Memorial has been recently upgraded along with the Mangonui foreshore.
THE NEW war memorial on the Mangonui waterfront, was formally opened on Armistice Day 2009
When Mangonui's waterfront was being re-developed, Far North District Council staff approached the RSA, suggesting that the newly reclaimed area would be an ideal site for the war memorial.
It was also decided to build a new monument rather than dismantle and move the old one, which will instead remain in storage until a planned maritime museum is established.
Armistice Day marks the symbolic end of WWI on November 11, 1918, when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice ending hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at 11 a.m. _ the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
Mangonui Water Front
Next to the waterfront is the world-famous Mangonui Fish Shop during your visit to the Far North. The fully licensed restaurant is located over the water in historic Mangonui Village.