Waikawau Bay Lodge

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A comfortable ranch style lodge with sunny veranda and lawn area overlooking the beautiful Waikawau Bay beach and sand dunes.

Accommodation overview


  • Vehicle


  • Sole
  • Shared


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating - electric
  • Heating - wood
  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Laundry
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush


  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

About this lodge

Access track to the beach is directly across Waikawau Beach Road.


  • Sleeps a maximum of 12 people in  3 bunk rooms:
    • Bunk Room A has 1 set of bunks and 2 single beds
    • Bunk Room B has 1 set of bunks and 2 single beds
    • Bunk Room C has 2 sets of bunks
  • Mattresses are provided but you will need your own bedding, pillows and towels.
  • Full kitchen, electric cooking, microwave, 1 fridge/freezer and BBQ
  • Electric fan heater plus wood fire (wood provided between 30 May – 1 October)
  • Laundry tub facility and clothes line
  • Hot showers and flush toilets

This accommodation is Pack In Pack Out. There are no rubbish or recycling facilities. Waikawau Bay Campsite may have composting for food waste only. 

The closest refuse transfer station is 525 Hauraki Road, Coromandel Town. See Thames Coromandel District Council website for opening hours and other transfer stations.

Getting there

Situated at Waikawau Bay on the North Eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, 13 km north east of Colville.

The road north of Colville is mostly unsealed, narrow and winding in places and requires careful driving especially during holiday times.


Peak (Christmas school holidays 22 December – February)

Sole occupancy only during this period, maximum 12 people

$1,680 per Saturday to Saturday (7 nights)
In 2:00 pm out by 11:00 am

Shoulder Season 2 February – 30 April

$70 per night per room (4 beds)
In 2:00 pm out by 11:00 am

Low season 1 May – 30 September

$60 per night per room (4 beds)
In 2:00 pm out by 11:00 am

Shoulder Season 1 October – 21 December

$70 per night per room (4 beds)
In 2:00 pm out by 11:00 am

All fees include GST.

A minimum stay of 2 nights applies.


The maximum stay is 14 consecutive days (21 consecutive days from 20 December to 8 February) followed by a minimum 7-day break before returning.

Bookings should be completed online. Changes and additions to bookings will incur a fee up to $10 per alteration.

The Waikawau Bay Lodge is sole occupancy over the Christmas school holiday period. Bunk rooms sleeping up to 4 people can be booked outside this period.

Book Waikawau Bay Lodge online, or contact:

Email: waikawaubaycampground@doc.govt.nz


A great place to swim,  fish, surf, walk or just relax .

Matamataharakeke Track begins opposite the Waikawau Bay campsite office (3 hr return, 6.5 km).

Know before you go

The nearest shop is at Waikawau Bay Campsite. The shop operates from late December until early February, and is only 5 minutes drive, so you can have all the comforts of home and everything you need for your stay during this period.

Colville General Store, a 13 km drive, is the next most convenient store, or the shops at Coromandel township.


  • Strictly no dogs or domestic animals allowed on the premise or property.
  • Strictly no cleaning of fish inside or immediately adjacent to the lodge. (A fish cleaning bench and bucket is provided in the back corner of lodge carpark along with compost bins for compostable waste).
  • No camping permitted on site.
  • Park in marked parking areas and keep left hand garage bay door clear of vehicles so equipment can be accessed. 
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