Camp Waipu Cove is located right beside the beautiful white sands of Waipu Cove – just a few steps over the dune and you are on the beach!
The Cove is an open surf beach, with excellent surfing and boogie boarding when the swell is up. On calmer days, the sea is suitable for kayaking and paddle boarding. So, whatever the conditions, there is always plenty to do on the water.
Waipu Cove is known as a safe swimming beach, and is patrolled by lifeguards on weekends between Labour weekend and Easter; and seven days a week during the peak summer season. When you’ve had enough of the water, the soft white sand is perfect for sandcastles and beach art, with plenty of flat space for a game of cricket or Frisbee.
On the Southern end of the beach is a tidal creek – a wonderful spot for children of all ages to splash around in, with the overhanging pohutukawaka trees providing shade and a natural playground for climbing. Just around the corner are small rock pools which are great fun to clamber over and explore during low tide.
Across the creek and a short walk over the hill is Shelly Bay, where the sand gives way to millions of beautiful shells to sift through and admire. On the way, you will see more beautiful native Pohutukawa trees – the kiwi ‘Christmas tree’ which blossoms with rich red flowers in early summer. The Waipu Coastal Trail continues along to Langs Beach – enjoy panoramic views of Bream Bay and the magnificent Hen & Chicken Islands as you walk; and reward yourself when you reach your destination with coffee, crepes or delicious fresh fruit ice cream from Zippy’s mobile café (open 9am-5pm daily from Boxing Day to Waitangi Day; and 9:30am-4:30pm weekends only from Labour Weekend to Queen’s Birthday Weekend).