Mangonui and the Far North

Below you will find information on the many activities and points of interest in Mangonui and the surrounding Far North district.  Our staff can advise and assist you in planning your holiday activities during your stay at The Old Oak. 


Arts, Crafts, Heritage

Rod and Margy Davies have been running their business, Fern Flat Pottery, for over 35 years. A visit to their pottery near Peria is a lovely excursion inland and while you are in the area, you can also visit Paradise Design Garden Sculpture, Agnes Hauptil weavings (by appointment), and The Earth House, a popular gathering space for community and visitors. The Earth House itself is an iconic building being the first in situ adobe earth building in New Zealand. Depending on the time of year, lunch is available along with concerts and art exhibitions.

Located in Mangonui in the Old Courthouse building is Exhibit A Gallery. Several local artists exhibit here.

For history buffs or anyone looking for a lovely stroll, The Mangonui Heritage Trail is an interesting insight into the history of Mangonui, and is an easy walk around the village. It would be about 2kms all up, but allow an hour at least. We have maps available in our reception area.

Butler Point is a privately owned property which includes one of the Far North's most fascinating heritage tourism destinations. On the property are a Whaling Museum, the Butler House built in 1847, and gardens of exotic and native flora which includes the largest pohutukawa tree in NZ, with a trunk circumference of 10.9 metres. Butler Point is open to the public by appointment only. We are happy to book your visit for you.

Beauty Treatments at Doubtless Beauty

A complete range of beauty treatments are available at this award winning salon five doors down from the Old Oak

Fishing, Boating, and Diving

Fishing in the Far North is one of the most popular of the outdoor activities and the area hosts numerous fishing charters. You can fish Doubtless Bay and Rangaunu Harbour on either side of the Karikari Peninsula and catch Snapper, Tarakihi, Kahawai and many other species. Some of the most easily accessed dive and snorkelling sites exist in Doubtless Bay on the Karikari Peninsula. Home to numerous coral colonies, Doubtless Bay offers everything from walk-in beach dives to some of the most spectacular pinnacle dives in the world. Information on fishing, boating, and diving is included in our in-room compendium.

Fullers GreatSights Cape Reinga Tour:

All day, pick-up & drop-off at the hotel.  Special rate when booked through the hotel is $69.00 per person, includes lunch.


Doubtless Bay features two golf courses within a 15 minute drive of Mangonui – Whangaroa Golf Club and Carrington Resort Golf Course (Photo to left).

Kaitaia (30 minute drive) is home to Ahipara Golf Club. Kauri Cliffs-Matauri Bay and Kerikeri Golf Club in Kerikeri are a 45 minute drive.

The Old Oak has great access to the best of the courses in the Far North.

Great Shopping!

Our favorite shop, Flax Bush, is only a stones throw from the hotel.  Flax Bush offers you a range of gifts, home wares, weaving and international flavoured objects. There is also jewellery made from greenstone and paua plus an extensive collection of shells.

Local Restaurants
Indian Spice, Authentic Indian Cuisine | Call 09 406 0896 For Bookings

We are very happy to have Indian Spice restaurant next door to the hotel. Indian Spice serves authentic Indian cuisine in a charming heritage building that has been decorated with contemporary art and design.

The restaurant has carved a distinct niche for itself by offering dining-in and take away services of Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The setting is absolutely perfect - views of the iconic Mangonui Harbour, simple dark wooden table tops, and good prompt friendly service.

With its wonderful location and ambience and simply the finest curries, Indian Spice is highly recommended!

The Old Oak is only a few minutes walk away from Mangonui's famous restaurants and harbour side cafes.

Swimming and Surfing

Spoilt with some of New Zealand's finest beaches, you don't have to go far to find a surf break working. On the East Coast, less than 20 minutes drive from The Old Oak lies the picturesque Taupo Bay, a well-regarded beach break. Surf in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific. If there is no swell, head over to Shipwreck Bay in Ahipara, only 45 minutes drive, but on the West coast. This world famous point break supplies some of the best left handed leg burners found on the planet. If you are feeling fit and adventurous, surf the Pacific (Taupo Bay) in the morning, followed by the Tasman Sea (Shippies) in the afternoon.

Other local water activities include kayaking and the very popular stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), perfect for a glassy day on the harbour in front of the hotel. Our friend, and SUP pioneer, Stuart Murray, offers board and kayak hire, tours and lessons. Let us know and we'll book this for you. Check him out at SUPExplore.

If all this isn't enough, and your thirst for adventure still hasn't been slaked, Karikari Peninsula is home to These guys take advantage of Karikari's odd natural orientation, so that North, South and East facing beaches offer amazing opportunities for kite surfing in most conditions. We are happy to arrange through the hotel for you.

Not up for the breakers? Then it's hard to beat a dip at one of the areas safe swimming beaches. Coopers Beach and Cable Bay provide sheltered bays just down the road, where the Pacific laps gently at the shore - popular with locals and visitors alike. The nearby Karikari Peninsula has some lovely isolated beaches where it is impossible to resist the pull of the deep blue ocean. Ask at reception for beach towels, deck chairs and sun umbrellas.


There are numerous interesting walks around our beautiful, local area. The Heritage Trail takes you around Mangonui's many historic buildings and sights, whilst a trip to the top of Rangikapiti Pa takes around 45 minutes from the hotel. This historic landmark boasts spectacular views over Doubtless Bay and back over Mangonui Harbour. Just 5 minutes drive down the road, off the Highway, lies Taumararumaru Reserve, the site of three Maori Pa and more great views of the Bay. Further afield Whangaroa Harbour and Karikari Peninsula offer further opportunities to wander through more of the Far North's amazing scenery. The hotel is well stocked with maps and local knowledge to help you tailor a suitable walk.

Scenic day tours by car - driving tours and excursions

  • Ahipara (45 minutes)
  • Cape Reinga (2 hours)
  • Hokianga (2 hours)
  • Houhora (30 minutes)
  • Kawiti Glow Worm Caves (1 hour)
  • Kerikeri (45 minutes)
  • Lake Ohia (20 minutes)
  • Matai Bay (30 minutes)
  • Ninety Mile Beach (40 minutes)
  • Paihia/Waitangi (1 hour)
  • Puketi Forest (45 minutes)
  • Rangiputa (20 minutes)
  • Rawene (1 hour)
  • Russell (1 hour)
  • Taupo Bay (10 minutes)
  • Totara North (15 minutes)
  • Tane Mahuta (2 hours)
  • Whangaroa Harbour (20 minutes)

Guest Comments
If it was possible I would have given this place 10 stars!!! We stayed in Ruru suite and were very impressed with this cosy little place.

All our rooms have free wireless internet, 40 channel cable TV, phones for local calls, bath amenities, hair dryers, bathrobes, and tea and coffee facilities. All our super king beds can be separated into king single beds upon request.

The Old Oak's History
The Old Oak was built in 1861 and is a registered heritage building. In 2009 we undertook a complete remodel and restoration of the building. We hope our efforts have ensured the preservation of this beautiful building for another 100 years.

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