Continuing our ramblings around the region’s coastline.
A couple of gems on the eastern side of the Coromandel, Waikawau Bay and Little Bay are iconic Coromandel beauties.
Best access is via Coromandel town, up through Colville and across to the Port Charles Road, taking a right turn at the intersection south for 4km.
There’s also an option of going via Kennedy Bay, which the regulars tell me isn’t quite as easy going as the Port Charles route.
Waikawau is the classic long, sandy beach with perfect surf when the swell’s up.
Dotted with little reefs and islets, the fishing is notoriously good and easy for small craft.
There’s a beach launching site at the east end, with great facilities and a fish cleaning station.
No freedom camping, but the superb Department of Conservation camp is right next door.
It has a beautiful park-like setting (at first glance looks like a golf course) and well set up for families.
Just a couple of kilometres further down the road is Little Bay, sheltered from all angles except the north and flanked with baches perched around its steep backdrop.
There’s a free motor caravan carpark with enough spaces for about four or five vans, with a two-night maximum stay.
For certified self-contained vehicles only.
A toilet is available but no water supply.
There’s easy access to the beach for pedestrians and small craft, and the locals have a designated tractor parking area at the east end.
Surfcasting is pretty effective straight off the beach at Waikawau and Little Bay.
Close in, rock fishing is productive off the reefs at each end and there’s the odd squid to be jigged over the kelp beds.