Waikawau Bay Campground and beach.
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Waikawau Bay Campground in the Coromandel will be closed from 1 March to 30 June 2019 for a $2.1Million upgrade on water facilities.

Date:  19 February 2019

The 1250 camper capacity campground will be closed to the public while 10 new ablution blocks, complete with point taps, showers and sink benches are installed. They will be fitted with automatic shut-off type tapware. The upgrade will conserve water usage by up to 60%.

DOC are upgrading a number of Northern Coromandel campgrounds. The investments which include new facilities will improve campers' experience and accommodate the influx of visitors to the region over the busy summer season.

Operations Manager Nick Kelly says "the new facilities have been designed to conserve water across the campground. The measures not only reduce the amount of water waste, but also encourage visitors to drink the drinking water on site rather than bringing in bottled water. The empty bottles usually end up in local waste stations."

"We want to improve the experience for our visitors as they can enjoy more facilities. It will be more convenient as they won't have to walk so far or queue in lines".

With the new abolition block visitors will have accessible and standard blocks with 20 toilets, 10 waterless urinals, 18 showers and 18 sink benches. A new campground wide treated water reticulation system will be installed, connected to new toilet blocks and various new additional water points throughout the camp. The water system will be supplied from new water storage tanks, also to be installed as part of the upgrade.

Kelly says that the upgrades will bring a well needed revamp to the facilities but will not alter the campsites rustic "back-to-basics" camping experience.

The funds for the upgrades involve similar upgrade works to Stony Bay, Fletcher Bay and Fantail Bay campgrounds. These areas will be closed to the public while the work is taking place. The public will be notified when it is underway.


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