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 has a small Anglican Church.

There is a very nice Museum in the main street (the highway). This museum is open most days.

The Mokau watering hole is the Awakino Hotel some 6ks to the north.

Mokau is q quite attractive town in a very pretty part of the NZ coast. A coffee or refreshment stop over is recommended.





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
  Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding   Golf Course