Top tips for a smooth Coromandel summer 03 December 2019 Summer in the Coromandel means sunny days, swimming at the beach, camping, hanging out with family and friends. But it also means big visitor numbers, as city dwellers take a holiday break on “the ‘Mandel”. “We’re in for a bumper summer,” our Mayor Sandra Goudie says. “Ever since Labour Weekend we’ve been getting more and more visitors. We have to keep putting the messages out about Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections, dog control, freedom camping, the high fire risk, and water restrictions are already underway in Whangamata,” Mayor Sandra says. “People are having to start taking account of all these right now,” she says. To help everybody keep our key summer messages in mind, we’ve collected them into a pamphlet and we've also posted them on our Council website at tcdc.govt.nz/summerinfo. Our Coromandel Summer Tips pamphlet is available at our Council service centres, visitor information centres or district libraries – or download it from our website. Inside is a summary of the most important rules in place across our District so we can all enjoy summer on the Coromandel and make sure we don’t have a negative impact on others and on the landscape. We also publish a weekly round-up of local events, available on our website in the News section every Thursday, or get it delivered straight to your inbox by updating your preferences (at the bottom of your next email newsletter) to include "events". If someone has forwarded this to you, sign up at tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe. Responsible Camping Our Council has joined the central government’s Responsible Camping campaign. We’ve received $721,774 in funding for increased service at 59 toilet facilities at visitor hotspots in the district, six ambassadors to provide information and advice to freedom campers on where they can and can’t camp overnight and best practice to dispose of rubbish and recycling. In addition, our Council is participating in the national trial of artificial intelligence-equipped solar-powered cameras, allowing campers to see in real-time if there’s room at a freedom camping site. One camera is being trialled in our district and it is at the Purangi estuary freedom camping site in Cooks Beach, near the boat ramp. The information from this camera is fed into the CamperMate app. Our pick of the Summer Tips: Our Council office hours: Our Council service centres will be closed all public holidays & the Fridays after the public holidays - expect for Coromandel Town which will be closed from 25 December to 5 January 2020. Normal hours resume on 6 January 2020 at all our service centres. Please see tcdc.govt.nz/summerinfo for detailed hours. If you have any general enquiries over this time send us an email: email@example.com. (Please note that this email address is only monitored during office hours). For urgent enquires you can contact us on our 24-hour service line: 07 868 0200. Dog control: Most of our beaches have summer restrictions – dogs may be prohibited or only allowed before 9am and after 6pm. This is not only to keep doges off beaches when they’re crowded with people, but to protect important bird habitats during their summer breeding time. Check tcdc.govt.nz/dogs or call us on 07 868 0200 if you’re not sure where and when dogs are allowed. Alcohol in public places: Our town centres have year-round 24/7 alcohol bans in force and many of our beaches and seaside reserves have bans in place over Christmas/New Year and holiday long weekends. You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force. Whangamata has just installed CCTV around the town centre to capture bad behaviour and anyone flouting the alcohol ban over summer. See the ban areas and times at tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. Fire: Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) usually declares a Prohibited Fire Season from mid-December, which means a total fire ban. It will apply to urban and rural areas. FENZ issues fire permits. Go to the FENZ website checkitsalright.nz for more information. Water restrictions: As dry weather combines with high visitor numbers, water supplies are put under pressure and restrictions on use have to be put into place. We post water restrictions on our website, Facebook page and send out in our email newsletters (tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe). Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection and refuse transfer stations: Our summer Kerbside collection schedule with extra pick-ups in many of our communities begins on 26 December and runs until 8 February 2020. Schedules are at tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside. Remember, place rubbish in blue, pre-paid Council bags for Kerbside collection on the ground as close to the kerb as you can, and not hanging from trees, poles or placed in cages. Our Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) open to extended hours from 16 December until 23 February 2020. Hours and locations: tcdc.govt.nz/rts. Leave your rubbish in blue Council bags and recycling at your nearest transfer station if you're leaving town before your property's collection day. Please be careful to only put recyclable items in the wheelie bin otherwise the recycling can't be processed and your bin won't be collected. What goes in the bin is indicated on the bin lid. Glass goes in the crate. Cathedral Cove and parking in Hahei: The lovely beachside village of Hahei is the jumping-off point for the ever-popular Cathedral Cove. We’re encouraging visitors (including tour company coach drivers) to park in the Hahei Visitor Car Park at the entrance to the village. From there it’s either a short walk through town to the beach and one of the access tracks to Cathedral Cove; or, visitors can take the Go Kiwi park and ride bus service to the end of Grange Road where the track to Cathedral Cove also begins. From 1 October to 30 April the Grange Rd car park is drop-off only and there is no freedom camping available there. See all the information about parking in Hahei at tcdc.govt.nz/haheiparking. Freedom camping: Freedom camping in the Coromandel is only allowed in certified self-contained vehicles. Check the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association website for details on certifying your camping vehicle as self-contained: nzmca.org.nz. Freedom camping on Council land is prohibited in some areas or restricted to designated zones – both are clearly sign-posted. tcdc.govt.nz/camping. Responsible camping: Please plan your journey, use the rubbish/recycling and toilet facilities and leave no trace. If you pack it in, pack it out. Check our Complete guide to camping on the Coromandel brochure online and at our district service centres, i-SITEs and information centres for places to stay, locations of toilets and rubbish facilities and other handy tips: tcdc.govt.nz/camping. Driving the Coromandel: The Coromandel is a great road trip destination. Remember: drive on the left, plan your trip to allow for slow traffic and lots of hills and narrow, winding roads and most important of all – slow down and enjoy your trip. Review the status of State Highways on the New Zealand Transport Agency website nzta.govt.nz. Review the status of Council roads on our website tcdc.govt.nz or our Facebook page facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil.