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Enjoy your long weekend in the Coromandel

31 May 2019

If you’re in the Coromandel this long weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle, here are some things you need to know.

Queen’s Birthday Kerbside Collections

kerbsideThere will be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections on the Queen's Birthday public holiday (Monday 3 June), so collections across the district will be one day later that week.
Check the Kerbside schedule for your area at tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

Please put your blue official pre-paid rubbish bags out on the kerbside with your recycling wheelie bin and glass recycling crate – if it’s your week for recycling –on the morning of your collection day. It's Week 1 in our fortnightly recycling schedule.

Bags left hanging from trees or poles or left in cages will not be collected. If pests ripping bags open are a problem in your area, consider a gullinator, a sturdy mesh sack that sits over the rubbish bag. Available at our Council service centres for $15.

Please do not put rubbish bags on top of recycling wheelie bins. This causes delays to collections while drivers remove them. Instead, put rubbish bags on top of your glass recycling crate.

Refuse Transfer Stations (RTSs)

If you’re leaving town before your collection day, take your blue rubbish bags and recycling to any of our seven RTSs for no charge. The Matarangi, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata RTSs have 24/7 drop-off facilities for blue rubbish bags and recycling.

Our RTSs are all open on the public holiday until 5:30pm. See tcdc.govt.nz/rts for locations and hours.

Slow down and plan ahead on our roads

The Coromandel is a popular destination at this time of year, hosting visitors for numerous events and activities, with many travelling on our roads.

Every week, an average of 12 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related crash on New Zealand roads. However, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) says a substantial portion of our society does not see the connection between speeds and those injuries. Their perception is that the consequences of speeding are trivial. The problem is that if enough people continue to drive at speeds above the limits, or faster than is sensible for the conditions, people will continue to be hurt or killed.

Your speed is shared 

Stay Alive on 25

To find out more about how your speed is shared, watch the video above or click here.

“If everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, the worst of the frustrations can be eased and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely,” says our Road Safety Co-ordinator, Ingrid Le Fevre. “We want people to reach their destinations safely and enjoy the long weekend with their friends and family.”

When driving this long weekend, take care to:
  • Drive to the conditions, whether it’s the weather, the time of day or amount of traffic.
  • Take regular breaks to stay alert and ensure fatigue doesn’t affect your driving.
  • Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely.
  • Be patient - overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend.
  • Allow plenty of time, remember you are on holiday and avoid the need to rush.
  • Check your car is in good "health" before you head off.
  • Share the road with cyclists.

NZTA developed a tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years which includes the Coromandel. It can be found at nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys.

Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, we suggest that you check here before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions.

Alcohol Bans

alcohol banAlcohol bans will be in force over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over this time. You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arrested if you breach the ban.

Check the maps showing the alcohol ban areas and dates on our website tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol.

Dogs on holiday

Dogs on Beaches

On all holiday weekends between 9am-6pm, dogs are prohibited on the main beach.

Dogs must be on lead when walking in public, approaching a wildlife area and as instructed by a compliance officer.

See maps and the rules for your area at tcdc.govt.nz/dogs.

A responsible dog owner:

  • Picks up their dog's poo. Please carry bags with you or use one of our dog poo bag dispensers across the district.
  • Carries a lead at all times and has their dog under control when off-lead. Unless you are in a designated dog exercise area, you must have your dog on a lead.
  • Ensures their dog is registered and wears a registration tag at all times. If your dog is registered in another district, an ID with your name, address and mobile phone number will help if your dog gets lost or picked up by a Dog Control Officer.
  • Makes sure their dog has access to shade, fresh drinking water and never leaves their dog in a hot car.
  • Makes sure their property has somewhere to keep their pet safe, secure and under control (and in the shade) where they will not be a nuisance to neighbours.

Things to see and do

Photo: Rings Loop Walk, Matarangi - Felicity Jean PhotographyRecharge yourself with a visit to one of our many special coastal and bush hideaways, boutique shops and eateries. It's an experience truly Good For Your Soul.

As a visitor or local, what better way to truly taste the Coromandel than a tour of the mussel and oyster farms, organic growers and artisan producers serving home-grown local produce through world-class chefs. Follow the Coromandel Food Trail and the Aquaculture and Seafood Trail by downloading our Food Trail Guide at tcdc.govt.nz/foodtrail. 

Photo: Rings Loop Walk, Matarangi - Felicity Jean Photography

Get outdoors and join the Whitianga Strictly Land-Based fishing competition, fill your music fix at the Coroglen Tavern, or grasp your creative side at a pottery workshop. There is something for everyone to enjoy this Queen’s Birthday weekend. Click here to see What's on in the Coromandel.

There’s also still plenty of sunny days so check out Your Coromandel Tracks and Trails Guide for rambling walks or mountain biking, which takes you from harbour and river margins, heritage town centres, playgrounds, busy working wharves and, of course, the sandy beaches the Coromandel is famous for. Pick up your free copy at Council offices, libraries and Visitor Information Centres around the Coromandel, or download at tcdc.govt.nz/tracksandtrails.

Be prepared

What would you do?

The weather is looking like a typical Autumn weekend. If a disaster happened now, or while visiting your bach this long weekend, would you be prepared? Make the most of your break and ensure your emergency plan and survival kit are up-to-date. See getthru.govt.nz for more information and check MetService for official weather reports. 

We also recommend you download the Red Cross Hazards App to receive alerts about hazards and stay informed about any risks in your area. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our e-newsletters for any local updates.

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