BAY OF PLENTY: KATIKATI

31-Jul-13

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Bowentown Reserve - Anzac Bay

star rating of 4

by Chris Gaelic

End of Seaforth Road, Waihi Beach, Hauraki, Waikato

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Anzac Bay

Anzac Bay

 

Stone staircase to the beach

Stone staircase to the beach

 

Shuping collecting driftwood

Shuping collecting driftwood

 

Freedom camping sign

 

 

Anzac Bay is a prime location!

 

It is large reserve set against a backdrop of forested hills, with plenty of trees for shade in the summer. It is open and spacious, with on-grass parking even for large motorhomes.

 

Set a little above the beach, the paths down to the beach have been made from large stones, giving the appearance of a natural walkway, while still preserving the sand dunes. 

 

The beach is sheltered, and perfect for pretty much whatever you might want to do - except for surfing. You've got the ocean beach for that.

 

We arrived in mid-winter, having just checked out the ocean beach parking areas where we felt the full blast of the blustery cold weather that was doing everything but rain. Arriving in Anzac Bay was like entering another world - sheltered from the wind, it had its own micro climate.

 

We went for a walk along the beach, staying rather longer than we had intended.

 

You can park overnight for a maximum of 3 consecutive nights is you are self-containted . And why wouldn't you?

 

Futhermore, the Bowentown Holiday Park is just around the corner on the ocean beach side of the peninsula, so you can easily check in for a night if you need to top up on power, water, and empty the waste, and have a nice hot shower. 

 

This would rate as one of our favourite locations. We'll definately be back when the weather is warmer.

 

UPDATE: 2-March-2015

We returned to meet up with some friends. The parking area was being very well used, even in late Autumn, so it pays to arrive early.

 

I've added in some more pictures, including a stunning sunset we got to enjoy over a barbeque dinner.

 

There also some excellent walks to explore.

 

UPDATE: 21-Aug-2016

The Western Bay of Plenty council have reduced the area available for freedom camping to the far end of the reserve, as detailed in the sign.

 

Freedom camping is prohibited from the beginning of the third weekend of December to the 10th February each year.

 

The reason for the change is because it is a very popular location, enjoyed by local people as well as motor caravanners. 

 

 

Anzac Bay at the end of Bowentown Peninsula

 

Looking down on the reserve

 

 

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