World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop

July 9, 2010

The Partner has dumped me in Singapore and gone back home to New Zealand himself. Okay it was mutually agreed (somewhat), and the ”compensation” would be a trip to Italy instead, but stillllll. To commemorate his visit back to God’s own, I shall be posting up pictures of our previous holidays in NZ for the next few days. Kixes mentioned that she was hankering after some Fish and Chips (Fush and Chups), so I thought I shall start off with posting some pictures on the World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop. Mangonui Fish ShopThis is the World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop 1 hr or so away from Paihia in the North Island. It seems no one knows why it is world famous, but whether self-proclaimed or not, the fish and chips here certainly live up to the world famous name. If you are going up to Cape Reinga, this is a good place to stop for early lunch or afternoon tea.

Mangonui Village ShopsThe Mangonui Village is very idyllic and serene. There are lots of interesting boutique shops as well as cafes lining the bay. There is also an I-Site, which is what NZ calls its information centres.Mangonui

Mangonui The Partner’s uncle owns a property up here. Even though it is so far away from the big city, I can sure see why he would want to retire here.

Mangonui Fish and Chippery Sign Tarakihi, Fish of the day when we were there. Don’t think you can get Tarakihi easily in Singapore, if at all. I see they don’t have paua fritters here (paua = abalone).  Tried some a few years back, and they were quite nasty. It’s no wonder the Pākehā don’t like Abalone if they’ve been reduced into a mince paste fritter thingy.

Mangonui Fish and Chips wrapped up in paperHow fish and chips are served in NZ. I hear that fish and chips rank higher than Mcdonalds in the favourite takeaway food survey.

Mangonui Fish and Chips As I was saying, the fish and chips here are really good. They are freshly made and so hot you have to leave it for a while or risk burning your fingers. Nothing like eating hot fish and chips on a blustery day overlooking the waters.

Mangonui boardwalk

Wooden walkway leading to a 4Square. Careful how you drive at night or you might drive into the sea.

Seagull basking in the sun

Seagull relaxing in the sun and keeping an eye on my bag of fries.

Please do not feed the seagulls sign Shucks, how did they know I was going to do that?

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Mangonui Fish Shop

Over the water, 137 Waterfront Drive, Mangonui

Telephone: 0-9 406 0478

Fax: 0-9 406 0478


Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner

Only 1 hour from the Bay of Islands/Paihia en route to Kaitaia and Cape Reinga


  1. How do you manage to write so many posts in a day?! I’ve problems catching up. Haha. Fish & chips evokes so many memories. Soft white fish flakes beneath a light & cripsy crust, yumyum. One of the more memorable fish & chips was at Fremantle, Perth. The place was also beside a sea (boat harbour, more specifically), but it being a tourist attraction, it was 1000x more busy and crowded than the NZ photo above!

    I love the birdie photo in the previous post. It must have been so difficult to capture a still shot of that bird! I’ve no clue as to what is it though.

    • I was on leave today…hahhaha….and I think the queen of posting is Tiny Island! I wish we had nice fish and chip shops in Singapore with character. I’ve been to Fremantle but only a few hours so I hardly remember a thing about it.

      The bird photo was surprisingly easy because it really kept so still while I took shot after shot.

      • heheheh…but full of embarrassing typos which I am too lazy to correct. My spelling sucks too…it would be worse without spell check.

  2. Beyond gorgeous!! I would be whining too. The Fish and Chips look divine and the scenary breathtaking. The food and seagulls remind me of Australia but it looks even more rustic in NZ. I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet.

    • Start making plans to go! The exchange rate is not too bad right now, and things are generally cheaper than in Australia/Europe/USA. I like Australia too, especially the cities, but the outback seems too dry and desserty for me.

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