An excellent place to stay a few nights. Mangonui is a lovely little port with mainly yachts but also a few commercial fishing boats to see going out and returning. We saw fish jumping one evening at sunset, apparently as they chased smaller fish.
Yes, the view is pushed pretty hard on the advertising billboards - but it is not a static view. I liked watching people fishing from dinghies, bigger boats on the move and many fish breaking the surface, as we had a drink in our Unit before going down to the Waterfront restaurant. (The Thai restaurant is excellent also, and for novelty value the outdoor deck of the fish and chip shop is very good.)
We have wandered about the world a bit over the years. I can think of few places that have competed with the Mangonui Motel outlook from our Unit of sea based activity at sunset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Six large 50 sq mtr one bedroom apartments. Located on a private area with awesome sea and harbour views. Full facilities for cooking, separate bedrooms, free wifi is available, free parking at your room. 5 Minute walk to the village. Perfect for exploring the Far North of New Zealand on day trips ... more less
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