Coastal Erosion and Beach Protection

We have several action plans in place for different areas of coastline around the Coromandel.

We're lucky to have some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in New Zealand, if not the world, on the Coromandel Peninsula. Our beaches are one of the major reasons for people coming to visit and live here. But keeping them in such magnificent condition comes at a cost.

News: 6-7 November 2018 - an aerial survey is being taken of the Thames Coast to help in management of this shoreline. We have engaged a contractor to undertake drone photography in this area. The contractor will use Council reserves for taking off and landing. The contractor is required to comply with all Civil Aviation Authority rules and is expected to have completed the work by December, 2018. Arial surveys for other coastlines is likely to be undertaken in 2019.


We spend a great deal of time and money looking at how we can preserve our coastline. The aim is to always look towards long-term solutions for protecting our beaches, preserving beach amenity and working with landowners with properties affected by coastal erosion.

In the past few years we've been developing Coastal Erosion Programmes and Action Plans for different areas around the Coromandel.

In May 2016 the Mercury Bay Community Board supported a Coastal Erosion Programme for the entire Mercury Bay. This expands from a Coastal Management Action Plan, which was developed in 2012 and only focused on Whitianga. A similar Coastal Management Plan for the Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata has been developed in conjunction with community organisations, iwi, district and regional council staff and elected members. It will also guide short, medium and long-term coastal management in these two community board areas.

Meanwhile there will continue to be on-going consultation and communication with our community, elected representatives and key stakeholders.  Existing key reports will also be updated in light of latest scientific data on the coastal dynamics of Buffalo Beach, social and economic factors, climate change projections and tsunami modelling.

Policy analysis will continue to be undertaken which will consider existing and proposed strategies such as the Coromandel Peninsula Blueprint Project, WRC harbour and catchment management planning and the spatial marine plan for the Hauraki Gulf.