So I figured out why half of New Zealand heads up the East Coast of Northland as soon as summer hits. It's super pretty, that's why! Mangonui is like, the peachiest, perfect, pretty seaside town.
We didn't stay all that long. After gorging on fish and chips at the renowned Mangonui Fish Shop (yum but super spendy) we walked off our full pukus' along the waterfront. There are some beachy vibe stores, though nothing tempted us, and plenty of cute, old buildings to look at. The heritage trail looked interesting, but everyone was kinda done by that stage (we'd earlier stopped at the very beautiful Matauri Bay).
Definitely worth the visit and we'll 100% be back.