Things To Do

Port Waikato is a small settlement situated on the West Coast. It is where the biggest river in New Zealand ends it's journey after travelling over 340kms from lake Taupo.

Vast sand dunes stretch from the river mouth right along Sunset Beach, which is great for swimming and surfing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer so make sure you stay safe and swim between the flags. For small children swimming, or playing in a kayak at Maraetai Bay is a fun and safe option.

There is good surfcasting along the beach and in the river estuary.

Take a hike to the top of the hill at the end of the beach for views over the whole area. The sunsets are totally amazing so be sure to have your camera handy.

A beautiful spot, only one hour's drive from Auckland City!

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Safe Swimming

The safe place to swim is down the south end of Port Waikato at Sunset Beach, where the Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach. The club has guards on duty each weekend from Labour Weekend through to Easter, and right throughout the week during school summer holidays.

The rugged West Coast is known for its pounding surf with treacherous rips and strong undertows. Take care when playing in the water, and whenever possible, swim between the flags in front of the Surf Life Club.

For a tamer swimming experience, the beaches of the river mouth at the north end of town are an ideal paddling area for your littlies. It's a great place to chase the crabs or dig for pipis (shell fish) - all essential parts of a true kiwiana beach holiday experience.



Surf cast from the beach for Kahawai, and run out a long line from the river mouth for Trevally.

Port Waikato is also the perfect place to cruise around, or relax on your boat.

Don your gumboots and grab a spear to catch a flounder at the river mouth estuary flats.

When in season, there is fine whitebaiting along the river banks - a kiwiana delicacy.

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The west coast is famous for its mean surf breaks, and Port Waikato is no exception. The Left hander off the point at Sunset Beach is a popular surf spot for locals and holidaymakers alike. Check tides, swell and weather conditions for the best waves.



Port Waikato is perfect for both diving and fishing.

The estuary of the river mouth is also an ideal spot for a splash and fish in your dingy, paddle in your canoe, or for catching the breeze in your sail boat.

There is a boat ramp at the Yacht Club beside the Wharf Store or beach access at Sunset Beach.

Boat parking could be arranged during your stay here. Please check with management first.



Enjoy exploring the Port Waikato water ways in your canoe/kayak or if you like a faster pace bring your jet ski.

If the surf break at sunset beach looks a bit intimidating, then head for the calm waters of the river mouth for loads of safe family fun.

Pack Your Tennis Racquets!

Just a couple of minutes down the road toward the sand dunes is a community recreation area featuring two tennis courts, a playground with a flying fox and even a wee library.

So the kids can play and the lazy can read while you bash green balls at your tennis partner on the bitumen.


Scavenge for Fossils

Port Waikato is a fossil fossickers heaven with many fossils to be found around the Ports cliffs and coastal rocks.

So grab your safari hat and your paleontology chisels (a baseball cap and a blunt tent peg should do the trick too) and discover some Jurassic history.


Walks along sand dunes

Port Waikato has acres of sand dunes just waiting for you to explore.

These expansive dunes are just one great big beautiful Port Waikato playground.

So grab your sand shoes, head for the hills and tumble and romp your way through the wind swept grassy knolls to the wild ocean beyond.

The sand dunes entrance is an easy five minute stroll from the camp ground.

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Contact Us

Port Waikato Kiwi Holiday Park:

Mathew or Lisa Brown

115B Maunsell Road
Port Waikato RD5
Tuakau  2695
New Zealand

Phone:  +64 9 232 9857
Freephone: 0800 276 259