Summertime essential info

Published on 16 December 2020

Picture of someone holding a 'Go' sign

Please note these special rules and provisions to help keep everyone safe and happy this summer.

Our customer service centres at Forum North and Ruakākā are open again after the holiday break.

Statutory closedown period

Acts of Parliament that permits and licences are granted under usually have 20-working day time frames for processing. Statutory holidays and closedown periods can extend these timeframes.

Resource consents and building consents

Closedown period for processing Resource Management Act and Building Act applications is from 20 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

LIM applications

Closedown period for LIM applications is from 20 December 2020 to 15 January 2021.


Closedown period for processing Official Information Act requests is from 20 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act

Closedown period for processing alcohol licence applications is from 20 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Rubbish and recycling collections back to normal

Collections scheduled for Friday 25 December 2020 will occur on 26 December 2020.

All other scheduled rubbish collection days will as per normal.

Extra coastal collection dates

Extra coastal area collections start on 1 January 2021 and will continue until 6 February 2021. 

Northern Coast areas

  • usual collection on Mondays
  • second collection Fridays in beach settlement areas

Bream Bay Coast

  • usual collection on Tuesdays
  • second collection on Saturdays in beach settlement areas

If you are on a rubbish collection route

Please ensure you have your rubbish bag and recycle bins at the kerbside by 7.30am on rubbish day. The recycle bins will be emptied and returned to the kerbside – take them in and start filling for your next collection.

If you ARE NOT on a rubbish collection route

Please take your rubbish bags and recycling bins to the nearest intersection with a collection route by 7:30am on rubbish day, or you can take them to your nearest rubbish and recycling station.

Please note: wheelie bins are not included.

More info

Information about what you can and cannot recycle, standard collection days and more.

Rubbish and recycling

Transfer stations summer hours

These are the summer hours for rubbish and recycling stations operating in the District:

Location Hours and Days

8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday to Friday)

8:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Closed (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

7:30am - 4:30pm (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)


8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday to Sunday)


8:00am - 12:00pm (Monday to Friday)

10:00am - 4:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Re:Sort centre

7:30am - 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

8:30am - 4:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

7:30am - 12:30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

12:00pm - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

1:00pm - 5:00pm (Tuesday and Friday)

8:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)


8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday to Friday)

8:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)

View more about transfer stations, please follow the link below.

Rubbish stations


This summer remember to follow Government’s advice to keep you, your family and friends COVID-19 safe. 

Do these four simple things:

  1. wash your hands
  2. scan QR codes
  3. turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app
  4. stay home if you’re feeling unwell and get advice about a COVID-19 test. 

Our COVID-19 info

Dogs on beaches (rules until 31 January)

Dogs are allowed on most beaches before 9:00am or after 5:00pm between 20 December 2020 and 31 January 2021, but please stay away from areas where dogs are banned.

For all-day outdoor exercise, Bream Bay has two year-round dog exercise beach areas. These are well sign-posted.

There is also a dog park at William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island where dogs can run off the leash, play with other dogs and enjoy play equipment.

To keep wildlife safe, dogs are banned year-round from nine beach and estuary conservation areas in our district, and from all bush reserves. Many of these places are habitats for kiwi and other endangered birds. Keep an eye out for the signs about them.


  • clean up after your dog and follow all the usual good safety measures 
  • don't leave dogs in cars, the temperature can rise to a terminal point in a very short time even when windows are cracked 
  • always take water and a bowl for the dog to drink from 
  • breaching a dog control bylaw can result in a fine of $300

To find out more about the rules applying to dogs and animals please see:

Dogs and animals 


If you want to take your horse for a swim at the beach, make sure it is early morning or late evening and make sure it is in an area where horses are allowed.

Bream Bay has two year-round horse exercise areas and two areas which are horse-free (no horses) year-round. These are well sign-posted at the access-points to the beach.

Have a look at the Public Places Bylaw page on our website, it has information about nine beach and estuary conservation areas in our District.

Remember:  horses are banned on beaches (except at the year- round exercise areas) between 9:00am and 5:00pm from 20 December to 31 January and there are nine no-horse areas in our district. 

Horses on beaches

Public places bylaw

Driving on beaches

To help keep everyone safe on our beaches, Council controls vehicles on beaches in the Bream Bay area through a bylaw.

Driving on beaches is strictly prohibited at Ruakākā between the Surf Club and a point 500 metres north of Marsden Village (including the Ruakaka River Mouth area). Importantly this  includes the areas in front of the Ruakākā Wildlife Refuge.

Driving on beaches is also prohibited at Langs Beach on the north-western part of the beach from a point 20m north-west of the vehicle accessway off Cove Road (near the public toilets).

Council’s aim is for everyone to have a safe long summer, including those driving vehicles on beaches.

Key to safety is remembering that some beaches are spaces with people in vehicles as well as people fishing, swimming or just enjoying being on the beach. If they collide, everyone loses so it is important to know the rules and follow them. 

All road rules apply on beaches

  • The beach belongs to everyone – share with care. 
  • Drive slowly and carefully near other beach users. 
  • Check speed limits - most beaches have a limit of 30km p/h. 
  • Watch out for vehicles, and supervise children closely. 
  • Drive to the conditions – they can change rapidly. 
  • Keep vehicles off dunes. 
  • Avoid shore birds and other wildlife. 
  • If we each follow the rules and drive safely, we should all have a safe summer.

If someone is being unsafe report it to *555.  

Freedom camping in public

Our bylaw allows campers whose vehicles are not self-contained to stay in 18 areas, and tenting is allowed in six of those. People who use these sites must move on after one night (except at Bascule Carpark).

Each of these places has a 24/7 public toilet and a designated site for vehicles (and tents), to make sure there is room for other users. These sites are very popular so ensure you have a back-up plan in place in case the site is full. Staying outside the designated area can result in a $200 fine.

Vehicles that are certified self-contained may stay for up to 3 nights at many of the 18 designated sites specified above, as well as any other public place in the district where camping and parking are not prohibited. They must use their onboard facilities and be considerate of other road users and residents.

This year the prohibited areas include the grass over flow carpark at Ocean Beach between 19 December 2020 and 15 January 2021. During this time the designated site in the main Ocean Beach carpark remains open.

Our ambassadors and enforcement team will be monitoring our priority sites, which are mainly coastal, to ensure people are aware of the rules and to move campers on if required.  Visits will be early morning and late evening to support compliance.

Remember:  camping is prohibited in 38 places, make sure you don’t stay at one of them! If you are planning to camp in a public place check your plans against our rules first.

Freedom camping


Alcohol Control Bylaw

For many, alcohol is a traditional part of relaxation and celebration, but overindulging and failing to eat sensibly when drinking can lead to a wide array of problems.

Council has an Alcohol Control Bylaw that aims to keep the community safe. 

Alcohol control bylaw

Alcohol bans

Drinking alcohol in public places is banned on all beaches and public land within 300 metres of the coast (including Whangārei Harbour) and Whangārei’s central business district. There are also bans in place for six suburbs within the urban boundaries of our District as well as six coastal villages.

Have a look at our Alcohol Control Bylaw for more information. 

Alcohol control bylaw


More than 122 kilometres of Whangārei’s sealed roads will get fresh surfaces this summer, and 7.4 kilometres of new sealed road will be added.

We have already started road upgrades and resurfacing, making the most of the coming season of dryer weather and longer days.

Major roading rehabilitation projects have also kicked off for the summer roadworks season with Council programming the complete rebuild of 6.3km of existing sealed road, including two major arterial roads: Mill Road and Rewarewa Road.

Almost $11.7 million will be invested in our sealed renewal network before July 2023.

Please slow down and be patient as you travel through roadworks

Summer roadworks

School holiday programmes

To help keep the kids busy and entertained we've compiled a list of school holiday programme options available from other organisations in our district.

School holiday programmes (Youth page)