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Repco Beach Hop ready to rock'n'roll

14 March 2018

Thousands of participants and spectators in retro and classic vehicles worth many millions of dollars are pouring into Whangamata for the annual Beach Hop event, boosting the permanent population of about 3500 to an estimated 100,000-plus.

This year Repco Beach Hop is set to be bigger than ever gearing up with a Hawaiian theme on Wednesday 21 March with the 'Waihi Warm Up Party', then a cruise to Whitianga Thursday 22 March for the 'Repco Whitianga Beach Party'. Friday 23 March the Hop hits Onemana for the 'Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise' and then back to Whangamata over the weekend for the grand parade, vintage markets, live bands, auctions, pin up shows, hot rods, classic cars, retro caravans and motorbikes shows, and so much more.

Beach Hop 2018

They also have an exciting new sponsor, Harley-Davidson who have donated a 'Sportster Superlow' to giveaway. You could also win a Ford F100 pick up, retro caravan or $10,000.

For more information about the Repco Beach Hop event check out their website www.beachhop.co.nz.

Don't forget your Hawaiian outfits. 

We'd also like your help filling out the Repco Beach Hop survey, which gives us an idea of the economic impact this event brings to our area.

The last survey was done in 2015 and completed by 681 Repco Beach Hop enthusiasts, producing some significant data.

As part of this 2018 study, we are gathering information from event participants and spectators to better understand how this event held over the summer shoulder period impacts on the local economy and community.

The information collected will be kept confidential and will not be attributed to an individual person.

A summary of the survey responses will be publicly available in a report and will be used by our Council to assess the impact of this event on the local community.

Similar surveys may be carried out in the future, with on-going collection of information regarding main events throughout the year.

We would appreciate your participation in this survey by 13 April 2018.

Click here to complete the survey.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Eileen Hopping our Whangamata Community Manager by calling 078650061 or email eileen.hopping@tcdc.govt.nz.

Washing your pride and joy

Beach hop car washingRepco Beach Hop brings a huge number of visitors to Whangamata which in turn means a large increase in water use in the area.

To help us manage our networks and make sure there is enough water for everyone, we need all residents and visitors to ensure they are conserving water where possible. 

This includes using a bucket to wash cars and not to leave the hose running continuously, which wastes water.

A reminder that as Whangamata is a coastal town any cleaning products, detergents etc. used for car washing have a quick and direct path to the sea via our stormwater network, including road cesspits. 

Please wash your cars on the lawn which will soak up the water and help protect our environment.

For more information about our water restrictions and conservation tips visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/water.

Absentee Whangamata property owner? Help us stamp out new breed of 'freedom camper'

Visitors who trespass onto private property when accommodation is tight are also being targeted this Beach Hop.

At previous Beach Hop's, Police have had to remove a number of people who were camping on private property without the owners’ knowledge or permission.

So if you own a property and won't be staying or letting out your place out over Beach Hop, 21 - 25 March email us at customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz, with your contact details, the physical property address, and a confirmation that no one is permitted to be on the property.

Beach Hop kerbside collections & liqour ban

Beach hop kerbside collections 

Click to expand. See www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside for more information.

Road closures for Repco Beach Hop

There are a number of road closures from Thursday 22 March until Saturday 24 March as one of our most iconic festivals, The Beach Hop, takes place. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your patience on our roads. 

NZTA also advise traffic delays are likely around the Coromandel from today through to Sunday 25 March with large crowds expected to flock to the Repco Beach Hop and cars cruising through to Whitianga tomorrow for the Repco Beach Hop Party.

Whitianga

Thursday 22 March from 8.00am to 3.00pm

  • Albert St (from Lee St to Monk St)
  • The Esplanade (from Monk St to Blacksmith Lane)
  • Blacksmith Lane (from The Esplanade to Victoria St)
  • Taylors Mistake and the Northern Reclamation will also be unavailable for parking on this date.

Whangamata

Friday 23 March from 7.00am to 12.00pm

Complete road closure of the following roads in Whangamata to allow assembly of thunder cruise participants and their vehicles prior to departure:

  • Graham Street, from Ocean Road to Esplanade Drive
  • Esplanade Drive, from Lowe Street to end of road
  • Lowe Street, from Ocean Road to Esplanade Drive

During the proposed periods of closure a detour via Ocean Road will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the streets.

Saturday 24 March from 7.00am to 7.30pm

Complete road closure of the following roads to accommodate vehicle displays, nostalgia fair, entertainment and spectator access:

  • Esplanade Drive, from Lowe Street to end
  • Lowe Street, from Ocean Road to Esplanade Drive
  • Beverly Terrace, from Graham Street to Lowe Street.

During the proposed periods of closure a detour via Ocean Road will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the streets.

During the proposed periods of closure a detour via Ocean Road will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the streets.

Saturday 24 March from 7.00am to 7.30pm

Complete road closure of Port Road from northern side of the Ocean Road/Port Road roundabout to the southern side of the Hunt Road/Port Road roundabout to accommodate vehicle displays, entertainment and spectator access.

Port Road closed at each intersection with:

  • Ocean Road
  • Lincoln Road
  • Aickin Road
  • Casement Road
  • Hetherington Road
  • Hunt Road
  • Winifred Avenue

Saturday 24 March from 10.00am to 11.30am

Complete road closure of the following roads to accommodate parade vehicle access to street parade:

  • Chartwell Avenue, from Charleston Avenue to Port Road
  • Hunt Road, from western side of roundabout to eastern side of Barbara Avenue
  • Winifred Road, from Port Road to eastern side of Barbara Avenue
  • Barbara Avenue, from Hunt Road to Ocean Road
  • Port Road, from Chartwell Avenue to Hunt Road

Controlled access to Port Road from Hetherington Road/Hunt Road intersection to allow parade vehicles to use Hetherington Road / Hunt Road roundabout during parade only. 

During the proposed periods of closure a detour via Martyn Road and Mayfair Avenue or State Highway 25 Bypass will be py in place for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the streets.

Road closure maps may be viewed at Whitianga, Whangamata and Thames offices during normal business hours. 

24/7 Alcohol Ban

No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over Beach Hop.

You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arressted if you breach the ban.

There are plenty of great pubs and places you can drink in town and watch the cars cruise by, or head along to the Jack Daniels tent in the middle of Port Rd specially set up for Beach Hop.

Dogs


We know many pooches also come and enjoy the Beach Hop. A reminder to owners that we are expecting large crowds over Beach Hop and your dog must be on a leash in public places. There are areas you can exercise your dog off-lead, see www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules for more information.