Port Waikato overview
Sun, surf and sand. Port Waikato is a seaside town 28 kilometres (km) west of Tuakau and 88km south of Auckland. It lies on the southern side of the Waikato River where the river meets the Tasman Sea. 

From the establishment of a store in 1893, the community now has a popular cafe, fire station, library, surf lifesaving club, yachting club, fishing club and a holiday camp.

Port Waikato’s population of around 1,000 (1,006 – Census March 2013) increases significantly during the summer season, with visitors flocking to the surf beach and the river mouth… the latter is a great source of whitebait.

Waikato District Council in Port Waikato

The nearest office and library are located in Tuakau. 

Tuakau office
Phone: 0800 492 452
2 Dominion Rd, Tuakau 2121
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm
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Tuakau library
Phone: 09 236 9823
72 George St, Tuakau 2121
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Amenities and services

Here's a summary of what you'll find in Port Waikato:

  • Broadband available
  • Port Waikato Community Library (open Saturdays)
  • Sports clubs and venues
  • Holiday camp
  • Port Waikato bus services (inter-regional only)
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Port Waikato Community Board. 

Nearest other amenities and services outside Port Waikato:

No churches within Port Waikato itself but there are three in nearby Tuakau.


Port Waikato is serviced by two primary schools (years 1 to 6). At Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Puaha o Waikato, all lessons are conducted in Maaori and only Maaori is spoken. Nearby, Te Kohanga School is a state co-educational primary school where English is the primary language. Students from these schools usually go on to attend state-funded Tuakau College, which takes students from years 7 to 13.

More about Port Waikato and the Waikato district

Getting to Port Waikato by bus involves using a combination of services provided by the Waikato Regional Council and Auckland Transport (AT).

  • See the BUSIT! website and use the ‘Hamilton - Te Kauwhata - Meremere - Pukekohe’ route to get to either Tuakau or Pukekohe. 
  • Then jump onto the AT's Port Waikato service at from either town - the Pukekohe/Port Waikato 'Loop' bus - (look for 'South' and 'Pukekohe' on their 'timetables' page).

The Open Waikato website also has a wealth of background information on the Waikato district, whether you're building or developing here; thinking of moving here; or wanting to know about businesses, industry, current projects and developments, case studies, demographics, land values, migration, population and other future projections for the district or a specific area within it.

Take a quick tour with Mayor Allan Sanson as he explains why you should visit, live and invest in the Waikato district. 

Find out more about iwi in our district and land and property including planning, development, resource consents and building consents.

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