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Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw 2009

This page contains information on Council's Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw.
Updated: 8/10/2019 3:34 p.m.

Current Bylaw

In 2009 Council made a Bylaw that regulates the use of vehicles on beaches in the District, to support public safety.  

The Bylaw underwent a full review in early 2016, which resulted in a number of amendments being made.

Council made an additional amendment to the Bylaw which comes into force on 18 October 2019, that restricted vehicle access to parts of Langs Beach, and access to other parts of Langs Beach contingent on drivers meeting behavioural standards and not causing nuisance to pedestrians.

The bylaw prohibits vehicles at all times in two locations at Bream Bay and on part of Langs Beach. 

Bream Bay

In Bream Bay, the areas where vehicles are prohibited are:

  • in front of the surf club up to the Ruakaka River mouth and
  • from the Ruakaka River mouth to 500 metres past Marsden Village.

Langs Beach

The prohibited area in Langs Beach is:

  • on the north-western part of the beach from a point 20m north-west of the vehicle accessway of Cove Road (near the public toilets).

The Bylaw contains maps clearly showing these prohibited areas and the conditions under which vehicles are allowed access.

Speed Limit on Beaches

A speed limit of 30km per hour applies to ALL beaches in the Whangarei District where vehicles are not prohibited.  Normal road rules also apply.

Ruakaka Beach Vehicle Access Points

Vehicle access points to Ruakaka beaches are at Tip Road and Rama Road and include signs indicating the prohibited areas. 

There is signage at the access point to Langs Beach off Cove Road near the public toilets.

The Bylaw

Download the bylaw by clicking on the link below.

Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw [1.86mb] 



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