Visitors to three Department of Conservation campgrounds in the northern Coromandel will enjoy a brand new shower and toilet facilities over coming weeks.
DOC is investing more than $3 million into upgrades at popular camping grounds at Waikawau Bay, Stony Bay and Fletcher Bay near the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.
The improvements at the three campgrounds are important as the department strives to deliver the best possible experiences for visitors enjoying conservation areas, says DOC’s Hauraki-Waikato-Taranaki regional director Dan Heinrich.
“The Coromandel Peninsula is one of our region’s most visited locations, and the northern parts of the peninsula are popular with campers willing to venture beyond the usual holiday and camping locations,” says Dan.
“We’ve got an important obligation to provide assets to meet the demands of visitors and protect the environment in these beautiful places.”
Work on 10 new toilet and shower blocks at the Waikawau Bay campground has already been completed, with the improvements including a water reticulation system fed by a natural spring near the site.
Dan says the feedback so far from visitors has been very positive.
“Visitors our staff have spoken to absolutely love the improvements we’ve made at that site. They’ve been really impressed, and our project team has done a great job.”
Work is underway to install two new toilet and shower blocks at the Stony Bay campground, with water sourced from a local stream.
At nearby Fletcher Bay campground – also a key location for people using the Coromandel Coastal Walkway - work is also about to commence on two toilet and shower blocks.
Water conservation is an important aspect of providing toilet and shower facilities at the camping grounds, so all sites have automatic shut-off systems to minimise water consumption.
The systems give 30-second bursts of water from taps and showers, limiting water use.
Waikato Regional Council provided valuable advice on resource consent matters on technical matters to the projects.
“DOC’s 2025 stretch goals include enriching 90 per cent of New Zealanders’ lives through connection to nature and heritage, and 90 per cent of visitors to conservation areas rate their experience as exceptional – investments like these contribute to our organisation achieving those goals,” says Dan.
Members of the public seeking to book spots at Coromandel campgrounds can do so online, at this webpage.