Where River & Sea Meet…
and Magic Happens!
Port Waikato is tucked away in northern New Zealand, best known to visitors as a swimming, surfing, and fishing-centred getaway. This languid seaside idyll sees the mighty Waikato River meander off, emptying into the Tasman Sea, ending a 425-kilometre-long odyssey. Known for coastal trade in the 19th century, the actual port is now defunct, with the traditional Māori waka (canoes) replaced by modern kayaks and boats. Steeped in Māori history, Port Waikato retains a quintessetially New Zealand, rugged charm. Characteristic black sand and wild seascapes are fringed by Toi Toi pampas grass, crisscrossing stunning dunes.
Beyond the Port and rolling Tuakau hills, the Waikato and Hauraki Plains await – full of adventures in the bread basket of NZ. However, pausing for a moment at Port Waikato, it’s easy to sense the spiritual nature of the Whenua (land). An auspicious place where Māori legends were born from. Today, they find new life through the Augmented Reality game Tuwhiri, thanks to cutting-edge app technology by Ara Journeys.
The ‘Waikato’ in Port Waikato means ‘flowing water’ in the Māori language. True to its name, this place is a haven for all aquatic activities. Find out more about our Māori ownership.
If exploring a garden appeals to you, embrace the serenity at Cobourne Reserve Port Waikato, a landscaped garden maintained entirely by passionate local volunteers and admired by New Zealand tourists.
If the sparkling waters beckon you, go right down to the rugged coastline of Sunset Beach, patrolled by the award-winning Sunset Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
Intrigued by the mysteries of nature? Gear up for a surreal experience at the Nikau Caves, a natural limestone cave replete with NZ natural wonders!
Take the best selfies ever against the gloriously undulating sand dunes. Snap one on one of the hilltops, or right next to your very own fishing haul! Whatever floats your boat, there’s a local activity to suit!
The best things in life are not always out of reach! Port Waikato is conveniently located, nearly equidistant – a little more than an hour’s drive – from Auckland as well as Hamilton. You’ll find this makes Port Waikato an easy to drive down to for both Hamilton and Auckland holiday-makers and New Zealand visitors. So, if you are weary of the humdrum of city life, a weekend getaway – like no other – awaits you in Port Waikato!