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.
From 1 July 2021 the zoning has been simplified. 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.
9 February to 25 December
26 December to 8 February
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
For stays after 1 July there is a $3 fee per Campsite Pass user to book a powered site.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
A maximum of 5 people can book into a site. All sites must contain an adult.
Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December - 28 February and for public holiday weekends.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
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 rangers on duty during the peak summer season. No cash facilities.
Wifi guest booking access is available at Port Jackson, Stony Bay, and Waikawau campsites outside the office.
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.
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.