Waikawau Bay Campsite

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel


Ellie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Such a beautiful spot. Loads of sites, toilets were clean and there's a cold shower by the beach.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in January 2020

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Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice campsite with one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. Well maintained campsite with friendly staff.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2018

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Tamara Genoud

Ranking: 5/10

We have stayed for just one night (but booked for two, since there is a minimum stay of two nights) because of bad weather conditions and nothing to do for us and the kids (the walk we wanted to do wasn´t possible either, because they announced some heavy rain for the day). If you want to have a quiet stay with a lot of birds singing and nesting and if you just want to surf, relax and take a cold shower afterwards, then it is the perfect spot for you. With little kids and bad weather we definitely wouldn´t recommend it, also we´ve seen a lot of people leaving as well. Already the road to get there is so curvy and dangerous, since locals are driving quiet fast and impatiently. Also I don´t understand what we actually paid for since there aren´t any facilities to use (no kitchen, no laundry, no warm/hot water, no wifi) and you pay $3 for an additional waste bag, since there aren´t any waste bins on the site. After four weeks of traveling around in NZ and having seen a lot of campsites, I´m sorry to say that we were a bit surprised that no one mentioned the "real" conditions of Waikawau Bay Camping Ground.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Julia Staiger

Ranking: 10/10

I went there in the early February with my boyfriend. The streets to arrive there are not the best but it is definitely worth it. We had a lot of space. I guess because we came there as the locals had to attend school and were working again.
The beach was absolutely stunning and we had it nearly for our selves.
They have no flushed as well as flushed toilets. If you want to have a relaxing camping trip with beautiful scenery I would definitely recommend this camping ground!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Mary Irvine

Ranking: 9/10

Very busy. Showers are cold but refreshing. Toilets don't have lights at night but are flushable. Short walk way to a beautiful beach. Extremely windy the 2 nights we stayed. Nice shop selling the usual things, ice blocks, bread, frozen ice etc... Nice rope swing for kids. All in all it was nice, entertaining and functional!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Dennis Riedel

Ranking: 10/10

Big camping ground near a marvelous beach. Nice and helpful personnel, basic facilities with cold shower, toilets and sinks. Start and finish of a nice 3hour walk along a river and up a mountain with a good lookout through native and not so native forests.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Hard stand camping ground next to ovals with toilet facilities. Quiet but very windy the night we stayed. The ladies at the local i-site were very helpful with freedom camping locations and also manage the local museum which is worth a look

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Nic Roggeman


Ranking: 8/10

Great location, spectacular beach - best one we saw, huge site with lots of outdoor possibilities, road to it is a bit dodgy.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Large camping area with lots of shelter and private spots, clean longdrops with hand sanitiser. Also have a few flush toilets for the faint hearted :) Beach fairly safe, with a bit of surf. Small stream flowing out to the the beach with thermal hot water spots here and there. Heaps of neat bird life. Colville Store about 20 minutes drive has all you really need, worth a stop just to have a look. There is also a small shop at the camp for ice, bread, milk and iceblocks! etc etc.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2010