Mangawhai Museum celebrates life around our harbour

With stories as diverse as WWII shipwrecks and lost gold bullion, geology at the beach, the plight of the Fairy Tern and the saving of the harbour entrance, the museum offers a fascinating look through our past and the characters who have shaped it.



Objects, textiles, images, oral history and archives with special meaning to Mangawhai and Mangawhai's history.

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Enterprising pioneers, bloody conflicts, sunken gold bullion, wartime accusations of spying and defiance, the stories of Mangawhai are brought to life inside Mangawhai Museum.


Mangawhai Museum's history and genealogy teams research and document early events and lifestyles in Mangawhai in a series of publications, while our genealogy team runs publically available genealogy meetings every month.


Mangawhai Museum's displays are all linked to the NZ school curriculum to make school visits fun, interesting and educational.

Visit us

10am - 4pm every day
(Except 25-26 December, 1-2 January and Good Friday)
Adults $12
Seniors and Students $6
Children under 10 $3
Families $20 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
Generous discounts for arranged groups

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Exhibitions and events.

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What people say

One of regional New Zealand's best museums, this spectacular building on the main road linking Mangawhai village to Mangawhai Heads is packed with interesting displays on the area's history and environment. Check out the roof shaped like a stingray. There's also a sun-drenched cafe worthy of a stop.

- Lonely Planet