Number and layout of campsites
- Number of unpowered/tent sites - 338.
- Number of powered sites - 21 in zone 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. No other forms of camping are permitted in zone 4.
- Maximum number of people - 1,250.
View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 3,096K)
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.
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
- 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.
Bookings for the summer season will open on 1 October 2015 - no bookings will be taken prior to 1 October. Bookings should preferably be completed online; phone and email bookings will attract a service fee.
Book Waikawau Bay campsite online or contact:
Waikawau Bay Campsite
Phone: +64 7 866 1106
Address: 96 Waikawau Beach Rd, Waikawau Bay
Note, a surcharge will be applied to phone and email bookings.
Read the terms and conditions before you book.
New Zealand dotterel and variable oyster catcher breed north of the campsite.
Mountain biking and horse tracks start at the campsite.
Walking & tramping
The Matamataharakeke Walk begins at the campsite, with the Coromandel Walkway a further 20 km north.
Know before you go
- No dogs. 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. There are bird nesting sites on the beach north of the campsite.
- 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), to 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 to 4:00 pm, contact the staff during office hours on +64 7 866 1106 to arrange key collection.
- 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.