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Waikato's coastline

Waikato Regional Council is responsible for managing the coastal marine area (CMA) that extends from mean high water springs to 12 nautical miles out to sea. The Waikato region has about 1,150 km of open coast and estuarine shoreline. Our coastline has sites of outstanding beauty, and of high cultural and natural values. It also provides us with valuable resources. Waikato Regional Council wants to make sure that we enjoy and use our coastal areas sustainably.

Our coastline consists of two distinctly different areas:

  • East coast - Coromandel Peninsula and the Firth of Thames.
  • West coast - from just north of Port Waikato heads to the Mokau River mouth.

Choose from the topics below to learn more about all the values of the Waikato region's coast and the many pressures influencing it.

Coromandel Beach Photo

Water Quality

 Waikawau Estuary


Erosion at Mokau, 2009


Tairua estuary reserve - Pepe inlet.

Use and pressures

  Flaxmill Bay, Coromandel Peninsula

Special places

 Monitoring in the Firth of Thames

Monitoring and projects

Hauraki Gulf Forum Community Shellfish Monitoring

Communities in action

 Whangamata Esplanade 2010 erosion

Climate change

 Beach - Raglan

Policies and plans

 West Coast - Raglan view of Ngarunui Beach

Māori and the coast



























 Click here for a full list of Coastal pages.