Starting from early Maori battles, walk through the early years of Mangawhai, when shipping, logging and Kauri gum were vital and laid the foundations for the community that grew in the area.
Explore local geology and volcanoes and events that shaped the landscape.
Next, it's on the early arrivals from Britain. They were tough, daring and brave and seen through 21st century eyes, they often accomplished what seemed like the impossible.
A German warship disguised as a trader laid mines just off the coast of Mangawhai and claimed the scalp of one of the largest ocean liners of the day. The RMS Niagra went down just off the Hen and Chicken Islands, laden with gold bullion... some of which has never been recovered.
Check out the final resting place of Auckland's trams as you celebrate Mangawhai's prominence as a holiday destination.
Explore the ever-changing dunes that line the Mangawhai Harbour and find out how we protect them.
Our extensive natural history section introduces you to the rare and special inhabitants that make the harbour and sand dunes their home.
They said it couldn't be done. Or if it could, permits were required in triplicate. So, a group of enterprising locals saved the Mangawhai harbour entrance themselves.
In 1825, Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua fought near Mangawhai.
The journey was long, arduous and uncomfortable but they came from England, Scotland and Ireland in the hope of a better life.
She was the biggest and most luxurious liner that had ever come south of the Equator and off the coast of Mangawhai, she was sunk by a German mine.
Meet the inhabitants of Mangawhai and its harbour, from rare birds to the area's namesake.
In the wartime climate of suspicion and fear, one of the cleverest men ever to live in Mangawhai came to be known as the German spy.
Their numbers might be limited but thanks to concerted efforts and the ideal environment, the endangered Fairy Tern is finding its feet.
Explore local geology and the engineering feat of building the harbour's breakwater.
Mangawhai's stories and characters come to life in our modern, vibrant museum. Come and visit.