When: A Saturday in autumn

Time: 12.00 noon to 6.00 pm

Where: Waterfront Drive, Mangonui, Doubtless Bay, Far North

Entrance fee: t.b.a

Just a reminder to everyone that as per normal festival regulations, no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the area from outside. Obviously there will be a number of licensed stalls selling beers and wines on the day as well as the local stores inside the festival. Thanks everyone.

Typical Events include:

  • 100+ stalls - variety of food, wine, art and activities
  • 7 groups performing main stage (near Mangonui Hotel)
  • 7 groups performing in Chilll Zone (under the Pohutukawa trees)
  • 8 groups performing at the Dance/Youth Stage (at Wiltons Garage & Marine)
  • Local Line Dancers
  • Children's Entertainment - face painting, bouncy castle and more


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Car Parking

Public Parking is adjacent to Mangonui ITM and limited parking at Mangonui School with Mangonui Lions shuttle buses provided to and from both entry point to the festival.

Disability Parking is available on Waterfront Drive near the end of Grey St East (mobility parking permit holders only).

This event is not suitable for dogs. Please leave them at home. Guide dogs only, please.

Kaitaia, Whatuwhiwhi and Taipa - Mangonui Festival Courtesy Shuttle

Doubtless Bay Promotions Inc have provided a free bus service operated by Far North Link/ CBEC from Kaitaia, Whatuwhiwhi and Taipa to Festival entry point near Flax Bush.

Kaitaia to Mangonui (limited spaces - first in first served)

Bus leaves Te Ahu Centre (from bus stop at rear of Te Ahu building) at 11am arrive Mangonui 11.40am.
Bus leaves Mangonui at 6.15pm - arrive in Kaitaia 7pm.

Whatuwhiwhi to Mangonui (limited spaces - first in first served)

Small bus leaves Whatuwhiwhi (next to petrol station) at 12noon and arrive in Mangonui approximately 12.30pm.
Small bus leaves Mangonui at 6.15pm - arrive Whatuwhiwhi at 6.45pm.

Taipa to Mangonui (round trips throughout the day)

Buses leave from outside Ramada Resort Cafe beginning 12noon.
Buses leave Mangonui on the half hour. Last trip will leave Mangonui at 5.30pm.

Stops from Taipa to Mangonui:

  • From Taipa: Ramada Resort (Cafe Area) - Cable Bay (opposite Dairy) - Coopers Beach G.A.S Service Station - Coopers Beach 4 Square (outside Harcourts) - Lions Lookout (bus shelter down from D-Bay Hire) - near Flax Bush shop, Mangonui.
  • From Mangonui: near Flax Bush shop - Lions Lookout (bus shelter down from DBay Hire) - Coopers Beach Thirsty Liquor - Coopers Beach bus stop (across the road from G.A.S Service Station) - Cable Bay Dairy - Ramada Resort, Taipa.

Stallholder Registrations

Anyone wishing to have a stall at this event is advised to register prior to the end of January to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Stall site charge rates: t.b.a

About the Mangonui Waterfront Festival

Mangonui's annual Waterfront Festival is billed as a farewell to summer, the last chance to enjoy a long afternoon and evening before the end of daylight saving,

The road frontage is closed to traffic for the duration of the event. Crowds of around 5,000 are expected; with the 2012 to 2017 festivals having been unqualified successes.

A celebration and showcase for everything good about the Far North, from wine and food to music and art with stalls stretching from just north of the Old Oak Boutique Hotel to the wharf. They offer everything from wine and food (including dishes from Thailand, South Africa, Mexico and New Zealand) to bromeliads and honey, condiments, massage, nail pinting and garden art.

For the more active, there is the chance to flex some muscles in tug-o-war and tennis - while on the water there is paddle board and sailing.

Images of the 2019 Festival courtesy of Ian Ivey.

Community spirit alive at Mangonui Festival

Article by Stewart Russell for 29 March 2018 Northland Age.

After months of painstaking planning, the financial success or otherwise of the Harcourts Mangonui Waterfront Festival was in the hands of the weather gods. For the first time in seven years, they decided to conspire against us and made for a very wet afternoon.

Fortunately, the people of the Far North are a resilient bunch, and although numbers were down on previous years, over 2,500 people flooded (with the rain) into Waterfront Drive that day and, from the feedback received so far, most had a fantastic day.

The key purpose of the event is to celebrate produce, arts and entertainment of the Far North. But it was also about our local economy receiving a welcome boost before the winter sets in.

This year we added a third stage - the Be Free Youth stage. It was fantastic to showcase the up and coming talent of the Far North and the quality of the performers who turned up for the open mic session was amazing.

We also moved the main stage to next to the Mangonui Hotel. Kurfew rocked the main stage so hard that a few bottles from the adjacent bottle store literally danced off of the shelves!

I understand that the local accommodation providers were all busy and many were full. Over a quarter of the festival goers were from outside the Far North District, with many from overseas.

As well as a significant boost to the economy, it is worth remembering that this money is now recycling within our local economy.

We start planning the 2019 Festival now. Fortunately, with the support of our main sponsors, Harcourts Bay of Islands, Pub Charity and everyone who turned up on the day, it looks like we will cover the operating costs, which are in the region of $40,000. The main costs included event management, security, facilities, advertising, sound, staging and paying the bands and other entertainers. The event is not intended to make a profit. If there is surplus cash after paying all the various costs including the planning costs for the 2019 festival, the organizing committee will make donations to local charities.

Also huge thanks to the Mangonui Lions, Far North Reap, Wiltons Garage, Mangonui Hotel, Petricevich Buses, Live Wire Media, St Johns, CBEC, Mangonui Rural Delivery & NZ Post, DBay Hire, NZME – The Hits, Butler Point Whaling Museum, Doubtless Bay Villas, Taipa Sailing Club, North Sails, Mangonui School, Taipa Area School, Te Tai Tokerau Tarai Waka, PKF Francis Aickin, FNDC, the Doubtless Bay Information Centre Volunteers plus other locals who volunteered time on the day.

An extra special thank you to Brotty and the team at Mangonui Haulage who came to our rescue to put some metal on the exits from the car parks to help some of the vehicles, which would otherwise have been stranded. It was the perfect example of how a small community pulls together, something I don’t think you would have seen in the larger centres.

The festival shows what we can achieve when we come together as a community and a group of businesses. The committee put in hundreds of hours planning and organising the event - particularly in the last few stressful weeks. I personally would like to thank my fellow committee members Rick Palmer, Margaret Aydon, Anna Jacobs, Lynette Wilson, Jan Ferguson, Richard Catterall, Danny Simms, Barbara Pengelly, Ian Ivey and Eddie Aickin. I would also like to thank our event organiser, Jodi Betts of Somersault Event Management, without whom the Festival simply would not happen.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Festival further and would welcome feedback as to how we can take the Festival forward. If you have any suggestions for improvements and would like to be involved, please contact one of the committee members mentioned above, myself or Jodi Betts.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended the festival. You are the ones who give the event that fantastic atmosphere which reflects the spirit of the Far North. Watching everyone enjoying themselves, singing and dancing in the rain made for a very special afternoon in Mangonui and one that we as a firm are proud to be involved in.