Waikawau Bay Campsite


4.6 from 9 users.


This spacious, family friendly, scenic campsite is nestled beside a stunning white sand beach. The untouched Waikawau Bay is a fabulous place to relax on the beach, fish, swim, kayak or explore. There are 120 non-powered/tent sites and 12 powered sites. (These can only be used by visitors with caravans and campervans that have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness and who want power.) Bookings are required. This campground is Pack In Pack Out. There are no rubbish or recycling facilities except for composting for food waste only. Fires are not permitted at any time. No dogs. Waikawau Bay is the largest DOC campsite. It is very popular over the summer months and Easter with families spanning generations, returning year after year. 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 proximity 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 DOC camp offers the visitor an isolated back to nature conservation experience so make sure you come prepared and self-sufficient. The campsite is divided into two areas. Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 make up the main area of the campsite; they are located on the beachside of the road and within close proximity to the camp office. Zones 5, 6 and 7, known as Pump Paddock, are located across the road from the main camp area and backs on to native bush. Pump Paddock is only open from mid-December until the end of January.

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Lat: -36.605883 Lng: 175.537717

User Reviews



Beautiful beach and modern facilities. One positive to add to this is that there is now good 4G mobile reception



Lovely beach and spacious campsite with all the usual doc facilities



Nice and big camground with good facilities. Almost on the beach, just a litttle walk through the dunes to get there. Many sandflies on the beach, but amazing water and scenery.


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