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The welcome you will receive at the Mangonui Hotel will take you back to an earlier, more relaxed time. You're a guest, you're a friend - and we want you to share the pride we take in our historical hotel and the magnificent scenic area that surrounds it.

Hotel Mangonui has been described as New Zealand's most beautiful hotel and enjoys Historic Places Trust classification. Retaining all the elegance of the original structure, the hotel has been renovated in keeping with the character and charm of its unique location.

The hotel has been the social centre of the town for most of its history, and today many local groups use the facilities for their gatherings.

The hotel was built by a Mr John Bray in 1905. The exterior of the building has remained unchanged over the years, and inside the interior has retained its old world charm. Upstairs guests now enjoy all the mod cons with private facilities in the double rooms plus TV. The hotel still accommodates guests in 19th century comfort.

Hotel Mangonui is the fourth hotel in the village. The first was the Donnybrook in Mill Bay, built in 1842. The Donnybrook was burnt down and was replaced by the Settlers in 1873. The Old Oak was also a licensed hotel, and although it no longer retains its license, it still stands today. It was built in 1861, and was a popular place for the crews of ships calling at the then busy port.

The Hotel Mangonui is surrounded by buildings built at the same time. These include the Post Office (1904), the General Store (1907) and the Court House (1896).

Mangonui was one of the first settlements in New Zealand, and is one of the few towns that has managed to retain its early character. Fishing has long been its main industry and still boasts a substantial resident group of fishermen. Snapper, kingfish and crayfish abound in the area.

The larger trawlers from Auckland also take advantage of the unloading facilities provided at the wharf. These activities make the township a fascinating place to visit - the stresses of city life are quickly forgotten at Mangonui, Doubtless Bay.

We hope you enjoy your stay in our historic township.

Pat and Paddy O'Leary


Attractive wooden features make the bar welcoming.

One of the characters you'll meet is Barney, the cockatoo, who lives at the hotel.
Read about Barney's adventures>>

An old photo of the Hotel Mangonui.