Waikawau Bay campsite
Total fire ban
There is a total fire ban in place in all DOC campsites in the Coromandel - no open fires, no camp fires, and no fireworks are permitted.
Water from tap
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
- Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
- Child (5 - 17 years): $6 per night
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) passes are accepted, however pass holders will need to pay the power charge (adult: $3 per night, child: $1 per night). Book and pay the power charge at the Waikawau Camp Office or the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
Number and layout of campsites
- Number of unpowered/tent sites - 338.
- Number of powered sites - 21 in Pod 4 (maximum 8 per site). These are can only be used by visitors with certified self-contained motorhomes that have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness and who want power. Note, no other forms of camping are permitted in pod 4.
- Maximum number of people - 1250.
Facilities and services
- On-site store that sells basic items, e.g ice, icecreams, cold drinks, basic food items, bait
- Public pay phone located in the day use area
42 km north of Coromandel.
From Coromandel take the Colville Road for 22 km to Whangaahei Junction, turn right into Port Charles Road, then right into Waikawau Beach Road and follow for 5 km to the camp.
Port Charles Road is unsealed, narrow and winding in places and required careful driving especially during the holiday period.
Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1826915-N5945852
Latitude: -36.60586488, Longitude: 175.53701524
Diving and snorkelling
Park or reserve
The campsite is located in the Waikawau Bay Recreation Reserve, at the southern end of a long, sweeping white sand and surf beach.
Waikawau Bay Lodge and Knox Coastal Cottage are also in Waikawau Bay.
Plan and prepare
Know before you go
- The main camp gates are locked between 10 pm and 6 am from 24 December to 8 January
- The next nearest shops and petrol stations are in Colville or Coromandel township.
- There is cell phone coverage at Waikawau Bay and a public pay phone available in the day use area within the camp.
- All motorhomes using power outlets in pod 4 must have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness (WOF), which must be presented to Camp Office staff. If you don't have this, you won't be issued with a key to the power supply and no refunds will be given.
- Powered sites in pod 4 can be accessed from 2 pm on arrival day and must be vacated by 11 am on departure day. On arrival, collect the key to access power from the camp office. If you're arriving outside the office hours of 8.30 am - 4.00 pm, contact the staff during office hours on +64 07 8661106 to arrange key collection.
- Motorhomes are asked to take all rubbish and waste water with them on departure.
- The nearest public dump station is Patukerikeri Reserve, Wharf Road, Coromandel, 38 km from the campsite.
- No dogs. To protect the New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher that breed north of the campsite, no dogs are allowed. However, dogs are welcome at Hotoritori campsite and Booms Flat campsite in the Kauaeranga Valley, 13 km from Thames.
- No fires.
- No driving on the beach. New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher breed on the beach north of the campsite.
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