Waikawau Bay campsite

Alert/Important notice

Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban in place in all DOC campsites in the Coromandel - no open fires, no camp fires, and no fireworks are permitted.

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Water from tap Water from tap
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Showers (cold) Showers (cold)


Non-powered site

  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Powered site

  • 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.


Book Waikawau Bay campsite online or:

For enquiries from 1 October to 30 April, contact:

Waikawau Bay campsite
Phone: +64 7 866 1106
Address: 96 Waikawau Beach Rd, Waikawau Bay
Email: waikawaubaycampground@doc.govt.nz

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Note: A surcharge will apply for phone and email bookings.

Campsite details

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. Note, no other forms of camping are permitted in zone 4.
  • Maximum number of people - 1250.

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.

Getting there

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.

Port Charles Road is unsealed, narrow and winding in places and required careful driving especially during the holiday period.

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1826915-N5945852
Latitude: -36.60586488, Longitude: 175.53701524


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Fishing Fishing
Swimming Swimming
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Walking & tramping

The Matamataharakeke Walk begins at the campsite, with the Coromandel Walkway a further 20 km north.

Park or reserve

Waikawau Bay. Photo: C Rudge.
Waikawau Bay

The campsite is located in the Waikawau Bay Recreation Reserve, at the southern end of a long, sweeping white sand and surf beach.

Waikawau Bay Lodge and Knox Coastal Cottage are also in Waikawau Bay.

Plan and prepare

Know before you go

  • 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.


  • 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. New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher breed on the beach north of the campsite.

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Phone:      +64 7 867 9080
Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
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