This grand old lady is one we've driven past a few times now. The Mangonui Hotel is in the heart of town and was first built in 1905 by John Bray. It's the 4th hotel in the area - the first was built in in Mill Bay in 1842 named the "Donnybrook" but burned down in 1873.
The Old Oak which I've previously written about was also a licenced hotel but is now used for boutique accommodation was built in 1861 and apparently a popular place for the crews of ships calling in at the port.
Mangonui is one of those places where fishing is an important local industry with snapper, kingfish and crayfish being caught. The local Mangonui fish and chip shop has been well known over the years to cook the best takeaways in the country, we haven't eaten there yet but we probably will once we go out for road trips.
Have a good weekend. Kia kaha