Mokau is, apparently, known for an abundance of whitebait during the months of September to November. During this time the whole place is packed with people looking to catch them and, presumably, try and make some money as I am constantly surprised at how much they cost.
We didn't go during these months, opting for a beautiful and very quiet two weeks in January instead.
Mokau is also one of those places that most people will stop at to break up the journey when heading to or from New Plymouth. They'll stop and maybe grab a whitebait fritter, fish and chips or just a coffee before heading on their way. What they haven't realised is that Mokau beach is one of the most incredible black sand beaches in New Zealand and it goes on for miles and miles of stunning beauty. Just down the road The Three Sisters stacks are constantly battered by the incoming tide and all along the coastline are caves to explore......oh yeah, and hang around until the sun sets to simply kick back and take it all in safe in the knowledge that most people will just pass it by.
Take the secondary roads and go exploring where you will find native bush, amazing limestone rock formations and spectacular views......hang on, what am I doing, if people start to find out about this place then it won't be so quiet when we go back.....and we will be back :-).
Hopefully these pictures of the area do it some justice.