Off-leash | Rules from Labour Weekend to end of March on weekends, public holidays and school holidays: : Allowed only 6pm – 10am | Any other time: No restrictions

Port Waikato Beach in Waikato is a hidden gem known for its rugged beauty and diverse landscapes. This beach is part of the small, tranquil community of Port Waikato, where the mighty Waikato River meets the Tasman Sea. The beach’s expansive black sand dunes, shaped by volcanic activity, create a striking contrast against the rolling surf, making it a photographer’s paradise.

The area is popular with surfers, thanks to its powerful waves and consistent swells. Anglers also flock to Port Waikato Beach, drawn by the abundant fish species in the waters. The beach is a gateway to numerous outdoor activities, including beachcombing, swimming, and exploring the nearby limestone cliffs and caves. For those interested in bird watching, the estuary and wetlands are home to various native bird species, adding to the area’s ecological richness.

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