Cuisine capital of the Far North
Dining out is always the perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy day exploring the Far North and to refuel for the next days adventure. Lets find out what our little village has to offer for the hungry traveller.
Northland’s best Thai restaurant serves zingy Thai dishes with incredible flavours. Choose from an extensive menu and intriguing sounding dishes such as Angry Pig, Kiwi Chick and Mangonui Showtime, or classics like Pad Thai or Green Curry. The open style kitchen really adds excitement to the place and lets you witness how their amazing team of chefs is preparing your next dish..
We Recommend : Curry puffs for starter then Pad Prik Gang Dang (plentiful of Thai herbs) enjoyed with a Singha beer.
Little Kitchen Cafe
Occupying itself in a beautiful restored historic building, step inside Little Kitchen’s welcoming atmosphere and mesmerising selection of cakes and delicious counter food. Outside there is spacious seating area overlooking the harbour.
Watch the world go by over a Flat White, Smoothie or one of their fine selections of Tea (Little Kitchen is also fully licensed!). Don’t forget to check out the brilliant local artwork inside the cafe.
We Recommend : Eggs Benedict enjoyed with a coffee or a delicious cake from the counter display.
The Waterfront Cafe & Bar
Sit back, unwind and enjoy the spectacular harbour view here at The Waterfront Cafe & Bar, whether to stop in for a coffee or a yummy Chicken bacon salad for lunch, or in the evening for one (or two!) of their famous Pizza’s. They go very well with some of their amazing beers & wine.
We Recommend : Vegetarian or Meat lovers pizza, Seafood Risotto.
Mangonui Fish Shop
You can’t get any more fresh than this. Always wanted to try Mussels or Raw Fish salad? Choose from a vast range of fresh and locally caught seafood.. like really local.
The restaurant sits on the entrance to Mangonui Harbour, a view that compliments the cuisine perfectly. Don’t forget your ‘potato based’ side dish – Thick cut chips, shoestring, wedges, kumara, beer battered…
We Recommend : Salt & Pepper Calamari and and a piece of Lemonfish.
A warming hearty curry is just perfect for the upcoming winter mood. Delicious authentic Indian flavours making up quite a selection vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.Tandoori dishes like tikka masala or cashew and cream based Korma are rich in flavours and enticed in aroma. You won’t need to walk far – IndianSpice is located just next door to The Old Oak.
We Recommend : Masala curry with garlic naan or Jalfrezi
Fresh and Tasty
Definitely a local’s favourite; Fresh & Tasty is conveniently placed right next to the Mangonui pub at the village centre. You can place your order of fresh snapper and a generous portion of chips, then go and find a place at the pub to enjoy your meal accompanied by a cold handle of beer and some banter with the locals.
We Recommend : Classic Fish and Chips to dine in with a pint of beer!
A dairy of the magical kind.
As soon as you turn left just past the Taipa bridge, you know you are heading to a special place. Nested inland the charming countryside of Peria, you will discover The Bush Fairy Dairy, a unique ‘groovy-hippie’ style cafe, meeting place and of course dairy.
When you walk in you are greeted by a friendly storekeeper and are unexpectedly overwhelmed by all the interesting items filling the
store. In one corner beautifully created local arts and crafts, hand made jewellery, incense and trinkets. In the next, organic and spray-free fruit and vegetables- locally sourced of course, typical dairy sold items, ice cream, sweets and deliciously brewed coffee. Take a seat outside in the cosy-cushioned sitting area, read a book from their book exchange library… you’ll want to stay for hours!
On Thursday – Saturdays 4-8pm the ‘Far Out Food Van’ are serving burgers outside the front carpark.
It doesn’t stop there, Most Saturdays TBFD opens up as a music venue where punters can boogie outside on the large lawn space to live music.
Take a visit, you will leave feeling enlightened.
19km from Mangonui.
Take a drive down memory lane
Based in Doubtless Bay, Northland, Matthews Vintage Machinery Museum is the result of a decades-long hobby that has kept owner Winston (Win) Matthews busy for over 50 years.
The 1100 square metre shed houses lovingly restored vintage cars, stationary engines, farming, household, and pioneering appliances, some of which have been used by the Matthews family over the past century.
As you take a trip down memory lane, enjoy the large collection of historical artifacts that offer an insight into New Zealand history, showcasing the best in vintage memorabilia and a stunning collection of vintage cars and machinery used within New Zealand and dating back to the early 1900’s.
The large selection of vintage cars includes Nashs, Chevrolets and a Singer Roadster amongst others.
The collection also includes a wide range of stationary engines all in working order including Tangyes, Wolseleys, Andersons, Listers, Bamford etc.
Particularly impressive is the detailed labelling on each item, with information on where it came from, mechanical details, and other memorabilia.
Matthews Vintage Collection
4365 State Highway 10, Kaitaia 0486.
Here at The Old Oak we take your health and wellbeing very seriously. All of our staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and we have implemented additional cleaning and hygiene procedures throughout the hotel. Facemasks are also required in indoor common areas.
A Vaccine Certificate is required to stay at or visit our hotel from 3 Dec 2021. The Covid-19 Protection Framework (aka ‘Traffic Light System’) is now in effect in New Zealand, and to comply with this system the Old Oak requires vaccine certificates for all hotel guests and visitors to the hotel premises. The reservation holder must ensure that all persons covered under their booking have a valid “My Vaccine Pass” available on arrival to be scanned, or have a printed vaccine pass certificate on hand. Persons who do not present proof of vaccination will be asked to leave the hotel premises immediately. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this policy.
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Taipa Bridge Opening
The Far North is celebrating the opening of a new two-lane bridge at Taipa.
Labeled the ‘smartest bridge in New Zealand’, the new wifi-enabled, two-lane with street lights positioned at both ends of the road adjacent to the bridge also come with a hub giving the community free access to wifi.
This weekend marked the official handover of the bridge to the community.
Hundreds of people from the local community joined local hapū, business and community representatives and its construction partners at the event, which started with a dawn blessing and the unveiling of the carved wood inserts on the waka end panels adorning both ends of the bridge.
The pou whenua and a plaque at the relocated war memorial were also unveiled.
The new $19m bridge is 107 metres long, with two lanes of traffic and a 2.5 metre walking and cycling shared path. Its most striking feature is the waka tauihu (prow) and taurapa (stern) end panels of a seafaring waka adorning each end of the bridge structure. It acknowledges Taipā as one of the first landing places in New Zealand of the Polynesian explorer Kupe.
The waka hourua (a traditional double hulled sailing canoe) design and the pou whenua were the result of extensive collaboration between the Transport Agency and the local hapu representatives of Ngati Kahu. The close relationship with Ngati Kahu saw the relocation of the old monument from the shop carpark to a more prominent and deserving location. The monument commemorates local fallen soldiers that have died in the line of duty.
Less than an hour before opening ceremonies commenced, locals were already doing backflips into the river below.
Few cats have ever had a fan base to match Ginger Rogers,’ and now an entire community is mourning her death.
“Ginge was not just an ordinary cat — she was world famous in Mangonui,” Mary Ralph said.
“When she discovered Mangonui she landed on her feet, and spent many lives on the street. She was officially adopted by the whole town, and the business people there all looked after her.
“Without a doubt, she was a special character. Her antics would fill a book. The local school students wrote about her, a couple from Scotland visited her and left a ‘cat fund’ for her care. Everyone had a story, and she made everyone feel special. It must have been a full-time job acknowledging all the love and care that was lavished on her.
“Where did she sleep, what was her favourite eatery, who loved her most? She returned the favours with mice and her regal presence.”
Even Trip Advisor had featured her in its promotion of Mangonui.
“It will be hard to imagine Mangonui without such an iconic cat, but plans are in hand to create a memorial in her memory,” Mary added.
“Her life was celebrated at a wake on April 3, where her ashes were scattered on the grass by the boardwalk. She is sadly missed.”