Kaiwaka is a friendly little settlement located on SH1 just over 1 hour drive north of Auckland and 45 minutes drive south of Whangarei. To the east of Kaiwaka, 10-15 minutes drive you will find the beautiful beachside settlements of Mangawhai Village & Mangawhai Heads.
I must also mention nearby are the beautiful beaches at Te Aria & Pakiri which is a personal favourite. Also not to be missed nearby is the Piroa Falls, Waipu Caves, Langs Beach, and a there is a good hike along the Mangawhai Heads Cliff Top Walkway. You can also surf at Mangawhai Heads or paddle in the Mangawhai Inlet.
To get to Kaiwaka there is a bus stop in the heart of Kaiwaka serviced by Intercity Coachlines, but with so much on offer around the region a car is the best mode of transport.
Some Great Little Kaiwaka Businesses:
> La Nona Italian Bakery,
> Bianca's Cafe,
> Three Furlongs Bar & Grill,
> Kaiwaka Spice Lounge,
> Kaiwaka Foursquare for your grocery supplies & Lotto.
> Kaiwaka Liquor Store
> Kaiwaka Postal Agency
> Kaiwaka Cheese Shop - best cheese shop in miles!
In Mangawhai you will find a good range of eateries and not to be missed is the Bennetts of Mangawhai Chocolate Factory. Saturday mornings you will find the Mangawhai Village market with a great selection of local produce and crafts.