The locals call it Magical Mangawhai. It is a vibrant beach community with local shops, galleries, a surf club, long sandy beach, cliff-top walk with views out to the Hen and Chicken Islands and Whangarei Heads, as well as an annual walking weekend. Aucklanders drive an hour north to spend the weekend there in their holiday “baches” to go fishing, surfing, play golf and sample the growing number of food delicacies. Who would want anything better?
This image is toward the southern end of Mangawhai Beach near the Surf Club. A stone breakwater at the estuary entrance gives a clear passage for the fishing and pleasure boats that anchor or are launched there. It extends to the small haystack island just off the shore. Beyond the breakwater are sand dunes that lie between the estuary and the ocean that is the nesting area for a colony of Fairy Turns.
Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/1000 sec, F 13, ISO 400, Sony DT 18-70mm lens at 45 mm