WAIKATO: COROMANDEL EAST

04-May-15

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Waiponga Reserve

star rating of 4

by Chris Gaelic

just past 409 Opoutere Rd, Opoutere, Coromandel, Waikato

rvexplorer id: 19344

Please take careful note of council's designated parking areas.
You now risk a $200 instant fine if you don't park in the area provided

Noticeboard at the entrance to the Wildlife Refuge

Noticeboard at the entrance to the Wildlife Refuge

 

Resident white-faced heron posing for my camera

Resident white-faced heron posing for my camera

 

Harbour walk sign

Beginning of the harbour walks

Beginning of the harbour walks

 

Waiponga Reserve provides parking for the Wharekawa Wildlife Refuge, and allows limited freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.

 

The walk through the wildlife reserve is worthwhile and provide an oportunity to explore a regenerating natural coastal environment.

 

It's quiet and peaceful, with resident native birds - a nice location to overnight.

 

There are two levels for the reserve, but you can only freedom camp on the lower one. However there are public toilets on the upper level, and we're a bit puzzled as to why overnighting is not also allowed there.

Bridge at the start of the harbour walks

Bridge at the start of the harbour walks

 

River at the beginning of the harbour walks

 

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