Mokau is encounted when traveling the Hamilton to New Plymouth (or vice versa) route. Mokau is a coastal west coast village. The village is located at the mouth of the Mokau River on the North Taranaki Bight.
Mokau is in the Waitomo District, and there is still a feeling that the community of interest is most associated with New Plymouth, 90 km to the southwest. State Highway 3 passes through the town on its route from Te Kuiti to Waitara and, eventually, New Plymouth.
Mokau has a permanent population of about 400, but this swells to several thousand during the summer. Mokau is a popular location for whitebaiting and other fishing including for kahawai (mainly found at the river mouth) and snapper (which are found right along the coast in several spots).
Mokau also has a couple of outstanding surf breaks that, in the right conditions, can produce waves of up to 6 ft (1.8m).
Mokau is q quite attractive town in a very pretty part of the NZ coast. A coffee or refreshment stop over is recommended.