Go swimming! There are volunteer lifeguards on duty every weekend and public holiday throughout summer.
October, November, March, April from 11am till 4pm.
December, January, February from 11am till 5pm
For 5 weeks over the Christmas holidays you will find them there every day from 10am till 6pm.
Help them do their job by doing your bit….be beach safe and aware, swim between the flags, slip slop slap, be sensible and watch out for each other.
Go surfing! Sunset beach is a top west coast beach surf destination. Check out the daily surf report at
There are plenty of beautiful places to stretch your legs in Port Waikato, waltz through the village, down the beach, through the dunes, around the bay or up our spectacular hill to spot the view.
Its a lovely road to bike to Port Waikato. Start from Tuakau for a 28km journey, Pukekohe for 38km, or if you’re really adventurous (and super fit) jump on the old great south road back streets from Auckland….we’ll have a coffee and a big breaky waiting for you when you arrive! (remember your high vis gear)
Bring your boat and launch it from the Port wharf and enjoy the day out fishing the river, (make sure you wear your life jackets) or pick a spot at snapper rock, or merely drop a line off the wharf with the kids.
Port Waikato is known for its beautiful kahawai, and whitebait (in season). Keep an eye out for the local fishing competitions.
Film sets –
Lord of the rings
Located on the Port Waikato – Waikeretu road are some beautiful limestone formations used for the filming of Lord of the Rings.
Nikau Caves –
Only 28km away on a beautiful country gravel road is an underground caving wonderland suitable for people of all ages to enjoy. Open 7days.
Address: 1770 Waikaretu Valley Rd, Waikaretu
Tuakau Museum –
25minutes from Port Waikato sits an olden day museum, telling stories of the surrounding areas from the earliest settlers.
Open Sundays from 1-3.30pm. Gold coin donation on entry
Phone: 09 236 8403
Address: Liverpool St, (Old Tuakau Post Office), Tuakau
Port Waikato Yacht and Motor boat Club –
The yacht club is designed for the whole family to get involved in or on some kind of water vessel. Your first sail is free, then you can decide if you want to join the club. Sailing meets are held every second Sunday during Summer months, but are dependent on tides (so check the website first).
Places to stay –
Port Waikato Holiday Park
Accommodation from cabins to tent sites, 3 minute walk to the sand dunes, and an easy 1km walk to the lifeguard tower.
There are many baches in Port Waikato that people hire out, so jump on one of these sites and book one for a weekend, week or your whole holiday break.