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Waikato: Central North Island road trip

Port Waikato

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Port Waikato coast Port Waikato coast

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Port Waikato. Port Waikato is a seaside town from the establishment of a store in 1893 today the summer destination has a cafe, volunteer fire station, surf lifesaving club, yachting and fishing clubs. The holiday camp is a popular spot for Aucklanders looking for a summer beach break. Fishing, surf cast from the beach for kahawai, or run a long line from the dunes at the river mouth for trevally. Flounder and mullet are also plentiful using drag nets. The small settlement has the magical Cobourne Garden Reserve overlooking the river to find peace and quiet.



28 km west of Tuakau and 88km south of Auckland. It lies on the southern side of the Waikato River where the river meets the Tasman Sea


  • Iron sand beach is a aptly named Sunset Beach due to the painted blaze of evening colour
  • The surf is a long, left-hand bar break with lifeguards on duty during the peak summer season
  • Whitebaiting in the Waikato River (August – November)
  • A deckchair on the Port Waikato wharf – fishing
  • Sand dunes are massive, the perfect spot for watching the sunset
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