Waikato West Coast 2: Kawhia – Kiritehere Beach

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The next day we decided to head over to a nice surfspot called Kiritehere Beach. Luckily all paved road and the scenery is absolutely stunning! But make sure to bring enough fuel and food. Apart from a tine campground store (we got one can of diced tomatos for 5 NZD!) there’s literally nothing over there, no network either. The drive was beautiful and we even found our private rock table next to the road where we stopped to fry some snapper fillets which we got as a present from a nice family we ran into in Kawhia. ­čÖé

Natural picnic table
Natural picnic table
Near Kinohaku
Near Kinohaku

From the little campground in Marokopa it’s only a short five minute drive up and over the hill. We were glad that we were not the only ones freedom camping there during the long Easter weekend, as despite the beauty of the place it seemed to be so isolated that one wouldn’t feel too comfortable with leaving many valuables behind in the car going to surf or hike the surrounding hills.

After a beautiful, calm and peaceful night freedom camping under the stars we climbed the small hill right next to the parking area. That was rewarding! The view from the top is absolutely amazing and the scenery looks unreal. Green rolling hills ending in sharp cliffs with large waves smashing against the coastline. If you are near┬áKiritehere Beach, make sure you’ll check out this little hike – it’s absolutely worth it.

 

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