Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
Waikawau Bay is the largest DOC campsite. It is very popular over the summer months and Easter. The campsite is fantastic for families, with around one-third of all campers being children.
It is at the gateway to the Northern Coromandel and in close to four other DOC campsites. It is nestled beside a stunning white sand surf beach, with two estuaries and a significant wetland. The campsite backs onto native bush which can be explored from the Matamataharakeke Walkway.
Waikawau Bay Campsite offers an isolated back to nature conservation experience, so make sure you come prepared and self-sufficient.
Waikawau Bay is an expansive campsite with a capacity of 660 people. Bookings are essential and should be completed online.
The zoning is being simplified and from 1 July 2021. The campsite has three areas:
The Main camp powered sites are for caravans and campervans that have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness and who want power. No other forms of camping are permitted in this area.
The shop is only open during the peak summer period only by local volunteer group, MEG.
There are no cooking facilities provided at this campsite. Bring your own gas-operated equipment.
This campground is Pack In Pack Out. There are no rubbish or recycling facilities for compost or food waste. A container with a sealed lid is recommended for your food scraps.
The closest refuse transfer station is 525 Hauraki Road, Coromandel Town. See Thames Coromandel District Council website for opening hours and other transfer stations.
Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Your booking will be for the number of people in your party – there are no designated sites. Find space for your party on arrival.
If you arrive without an online booking, contact Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre or attempt to book online.
Eftpos may be available with the DOC Rangers that check registrations to assist. However, we have no cash facilities.
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.
Access: Port Charles Road is unsealed, narrow and winding in places. Take care especially during the holiday period.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1826915, N5945852
Latitude: -36.60586488, Longitude: 175.53701524
The next nearest grocery stores and petrol stations are in Colville or Coromandel township.
Mobile phone coverage is poor and shouldn't be relied on. A public payphone is available in the day-use area within the camp.
Weather: The Coromandel has quickly changing weather conditions. Your safety is your responsibility – make sure you are prepared for any conditions. Check the weather before you go.
Arrival/departure times: Check-in from 2 pm. Leave campsites before 11 am - you can continue using the camp facilities for the rest of the day, but must leave your site and move your vehicle.
Check-in: You may set yourself up where you find a space in the camp. Without an online booking, complete the self-registration forms located at the entrance to the camp. Make sure you have cash for the self-registration envelopes. DOC Rangers will come through periodically to check you in. Eftpos may be available with our mobile DOC Rangers during the peak summer period.
Online bookings will take preference for sites over non-bookings due to limited space.
Parking: One vehicle per group, space is limited.
Boats storage/access: Boats over 5 metres in the campground are discouraged as space is limited. Water access from the campground isn't guaranteed.
No fires/fireworks, or devices with a naked flame including califonts. Only gas cookers, fridge/freezers and lanterns may be used.
No chainsaws, compressors, generators and amplifiers. Generators may be used at Campground Manager discretion.
All motorhomes using power outlets in pod 4 must have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness (WOF). 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.
Take all rubbish and waste water with you on departure.
The nearest public dump station is Patukerikeri Reserve, Wharf Road, Coromandel, 38 km from the campsite.
Waikawau Bay is a great place to swim, fish, walk, surf, kayak or just relax.
New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher breed north of the campsite. Keep your distance from roped off breeding areas.