Summer Tips & Information

Summer on the Coromandel

Head to the Coromandel this summer? Check out our list of summer tips and information now.

COVID-19 in the Coromandel 

From Friday 3 December our Council’s services will be managed under the new traffic light system as we are working hard to make sure we help keep everyone safe against COVID-19. This means our Council is also considering further measures that are tailored to our services and district ahead of that date. You will be updated here if changes are made to our services. 

As visitors from all around New Zealand visit the Coromandel over summer, the likelihood of seeing COVID-19 in our district increases. We encourage all residents, holiday home owners, and visitors to do everything they can to keep our district safe during this time. You can find information about COVID-19 in the Coromandel here: tcdc.govt.nz/covid-19

Our Council Summer Office Hours

Friday 24 December – 8:00am – 3:00pm 
Monday 27 December - Statutory Public Holiday - Closed
Tuesday 28 December - Statutory Public Holiday - Closed
Wednesday 29 December – Closed
Thursday 30 December – Closed
Friday 31 December – Closed
Monday 3 January – Statutory Public Holiday - Closed
Tuesday 4 January - Statutory Public Holiday - Closed
Wednesday 5 January – Open regular hours

The Coromandel Town area office will also be closed on Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 January. 

Our Contact Centre will be in operation 24/7 over this period 07 868 0200, and logging jobs for our Contractors and Bylaws staff whom will be out an about over this period.

Thames, Tairua and Mercury Bay Library hours

For our District libraries (Thames, Tairua and Mercury Bay) hours see tcdc.govt.nz/libraries and follow them on Facebook.

Thames Centennial Pool

Visit tcdc.govt.nz/swim.

Kerbside summer collections

A full schedule for kerbside collections in your area will be available soon.

Our summer Kerbside collections service will kick into gear in December providing additional refuse and recycling services over this peak period. 

Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) will also be operating with extended hours during this time. If you miss your rubbish day, just take your blue bags and recycling to your nearest RTS free of charge. 

For more information about rubbish collection during summer and our full Kerbside schedule, visit tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside

Compactors

We have transportable rubbish compactors in some parts of the district where we get increased visitor numbers. Check their locations at tcdc.govt.nz/rubbishcompactors.   

Dogs 

Summer rules about where you can walk your dog are in place from Labour Weekend to 1 March, with additional restrictions and prohibitions from 20 December to 31 January. These rules help to protect dogs, humans, and wildlife during peak periods and important nesting times for our precious manu Māori.

The most important rule to remember is that dogs must be on lead unless specified otherwise. So, when in doubt, put your dog on a lead.

Our bylaws team will be spending time talking to dog owners about our local rules, especially if dogs aren't on lead where they should be. If your dog is off-lead in an area that's not designated as off-lead, you could be fined $300. But don't worry, you'll get the chance to make it right. Our aim is to educate people about our rules and to encourage voluntary compliance by giving out free dog leads. Multiple instances of non-compliance can still result in a fine.

For more information see tcdc.govt.nz/dogs or call and ask us, 07 868 0200.

Horses

Here are a few things to remember when taking your horse down to the beach for some fun:

  • You can ride your horse into, on or over a public place (including beaches) if it is safe to do so and you aren’t causing a nuisance to other users. A crowded beach in the height of summer isn’t the best time for a canter - exercise your horse in a less-crowded area, please.
  • Share the space and remember not everyone loves your horse as much as you do, give other people room and consider using the beach when there are fewer people about.
  • Make sure that you have control of your horse at all times.
  • Pick up any ‘deposits’ your horse might make, dog owners have to do it, so do you.
  • Obey the road rules – if you are taking your horse on the road to get to the beach, you will need to obey the rules of the road. This will ensure your and your horse’s safety as well as that of other road users.
  • There are some reserves where horses aren't allowed, so please be on the look out for the 'No Horses' signs.

For more information see our Activities in Public Places Bylaw.

Alcohol Bans in Public Places

Our Council's Alcohol Control Bylaw consists of year-round, 24/7 town centre alcohol bans, as well as Christmas/New Year and long weekend alcohol bans on many of our beaches and seaside reserves. Check the maps showing the alcohol ban areas and dates: tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol.

You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force.

Fire Bans/Permits

Our Council no longer issues fire permits, Fire and Emergency New Zealand does. Go to their website checkitsalright.nz if you wish to apply for afire permit.

A total fire ban applies in the Coromandel from late December to early February each year. It may be extended if weather conditions dictate.

The ban includes: open fires in public places, beaches, public conservation land (DOC), and on private property. Fires include: traditional cooking fires, bonfires, solid-fuelled BBQs, braziers, fireworks, Chinese lanterns, and any incinerators that have not been pre-approved by a warranted fire officer.

Noise Control

It is important that you consider neighbours when making any noise. Noise must not interfere with the peace, comfort and convenience of any person. If any noise is considered excessive by a Noise Control Officer then a notice to cease the noise may be served. A notice to cease the noise is valid for 72 hours. If the notice is not complied with then a Noise Control Officer and the police may enter any property and dwelling to seize any equipment used to create the noise. Call our 24/7 Customer Service number 07 868 0200 if you have a noise complaint. tcdc.govt.nz/noise

Freedom Camping in Public Places

If you’re camping on Council land, your vehicle must be certified as self-contained by a certifying agency such as the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, check their website nzmca.org.nz for details. Freedom camping is prohibited in some specific areas or restricted to designated zones in our district - both are clearly sign-posted.

If you intend to camp or stay overnight on a reserve or in a public place and your vehicle is not certified as self-contained, please look for a commercial or Department of Conservation campground. There is a $200 instant fine for offending on Council land. See tcdc.govt.nz/camping.

Boat ramps, harbours and wharfs

Boating is an important leisure and commercial activity on the Coromandel. Find out about boat ramps and wharves, where they are located, the costs to use them and some of the rules here. tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps

Water

We’re surrounded by water on the Coromandel. It’s easy to think of it as a free resource that will never run out. But the population in some of our communities multiplies 10-fold in summer and if we are smart about our water use we can delay costly new infrastructure. There are other good reasons to be smart about your water use. See tcdc.govt.nz/savewater for more information water conservation tips.

Wastewater

If you haven't been to your property for some time and find wastewater isn't getting cleared away quick enough, it could be due to root intrusion around the pipes. Take a look to see if any plants or weeds need to be cleared on your property. We can come and clear the pipes, but the householder will receive a bill for this service if it is on the property. 

Stormwater Care

Don’t put anything down a stormwater drain that you would not want to drink or swim in. 

Stormwater grates are only supposed to drain rain. If any pollutants get into our stormwater they will also end up untreated in our waterways.

Do not:

  • tip unwanted chemicals such as paint for example down the drain 
  • wash your car out on the road
  • let your swimming pool water run into stormwater drains
  • store chemicals outside where they could leak and be washed into a drain.
  • use the gutter as a litter bin 

For more information see tcdc.govt.nz/water.

Swimming safely through summer

Surf lifesaving patrols

The warmer weather attracts large numbers of beachgoers in our District and we are thankful for Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) lifeguards to patrolling our beaches. surflifesaving.org.nz/

Wharf wardens (Whangamatā and Whitianga)

The wharf wardens will be operating over the Christmas/New Year holiday and through the peak summer season. They manage and maintain activities at the wharf (wharf jumping/diving, fishing, mooring, charter operations) by ensuring the respective interest groups undertake their activity in the designated areas in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Building and Planning Consent Christmas processing times

Both the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991 stop the statutory processing clock over Christmas and New Year.

The period beginning 20 December and ending with the close of 10 January is excluded from the 20 working day timeframe which means that during these dates the processing clock stops.

Therefore any Resource or Building Consent submitted on or after Monday 20 December 2021 will not be processed until Tuesday 11 January 2022 due to the Christmas/ New Year break.

LIM (Land information Memorandum) Requests 

There may also be delays in the processing of LIM requests between 3 December 2021 and 11 January 2022.

This is due to the observation of non-statutory working days in accordance with the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. 

More information: tcdc.govt.nz/lims

Roading

State Highways

We encourage you to check NZTA's website before you travel for the latest information about road closures, delays or work underway. You can also use their journey-planning website onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.

Follow NZTA Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

You can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide traffic and travel information.

Council roads

  • In drier weather on unsealed roads like The 309, Tapu-Coroglen and Kennedy Bay roads, drivers may experience some dust nuisance and corrugation/rutting - so please drive to the conditions.

Any updates on the status of our Council's local roads will be posted on our website, Facebook page and via our email newsletters.

Hahei parking and the Cathedral Cove park and ride service

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle will be operating over the summer holiday season in Hahei. For the safety of other road users and locals living along Grange Road and neighbouring streets, visitors are strongly urged to use the Hahei Visitor Car Park at the entrance to the village. Click here for more information. The Grange Rd car park is drop-off only from 1 October to 30 April every year (except for the mobility car parks) and freedom camping is not allowed there.

Thames Connector public bus service

Thames Connector provides low-cost transport Monday - Friday to convenient locations in the Thames town centre between Tararu and Parawai. Click here for more information.

Road Safety information

The Coromandel has the most awesome coastal roads in New Zealand - but please take care.

Sadly, the crash rate on the Coromandel Loop is too high, so a road safety campaign – 'Stay Alive On 25' – has been designed to try to prevent serious injury and fatal crashes on this highway. Click here to read more.

For tips on getting around the Coromandel safely, see tcdc.govt.nz/roadsafety.

Vehicles on Reserves and Beaches

We actively discourage, and in some areas prohibit, vehicles from beaches and reserves. Beaches should only be accessed in a vehicle to launch or retrieve a watercraft and only at designated locations. Please use common sense: vehicles and busy beaches don’t mix. Also, check our Reserve Management Plans for vehicle restrictions on specific beaches and reserves: tcdc.govt.nz/rmps

Vehicles and trailers should not park on any beach. Vehicles must not damage any vegetation or be used in a manner considered to be dangerous or inconsiderate to pedestrians.

“Vehicle” shall include any conveyance equipped with wheels, rollers or tracks.

Drones

Civil Aviation Authority regulations require that landowners give permission before unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones, are flown over their property - this includes Council land. Flying UAVs over Council land, such as reserves, is generally permitted so long as the operator complies with the guidelines on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/drones; however, please be aware of UAV regulations around aerodromes, as most of our towns are within 4km of an aerodrome (airshare.co.nz).

Events

Events are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so make sure you check with the event organiser that it's on.

For more about events including registering your own event click here.

You can hire one of our parks or reserves for weddings or other functions. Choose your intended location and fill in the application form on our web page tcdc.govt.nz/concessions.

Safer Coromandel & Plan B4 U Party 

The Coromandel is a guaranteed good time; however disorderly behaviour will not be tolerated. So follow the rules, plan before you party and look after your friends and family. Check out facebook.com/SaferCoromandel for more tips on keeping safe this summer.

Civil Defence - Be prepared

In New Zealand, we are constantly exposed to the risk of disaster. It is important that we understand these risks and there impact. However, there are measures we can all take to reduce the impact of disasters and be better prepared to recover quickly. See civildefence.govt.nz for up to date information about staying informed and being prepared for an emergency and familiarise yourself with our community guides to emergencies at tcdc.govt.nz/tvcd.  

For more information sign up to our e-newsletters here (tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe), follow us on Facebook. Alerts for the Coromandel (weather warnings, road closures etc.) can be found on our homepage tcdc.govt.nz.

For more information about visiting the Coromandel visit thecoromandel.com.