Summertime essential info

Published on 20 December 2021

Picture of someone holding a 'Go' sign

We have special rules and provisions to help keep everyone safe and happy over summer.

Forum North customer service centre

Closes:  2:00pm, 24 December 2021
Opens:  8:00am, 10 January 2022

Ruakākā customer service centre

Closes:  2:00pm, 24 December 2021
Opens:  8:30am, 10 January 2022 

Report a problem

Although our offices are closed from 25 December 2021 - 10 January 2022, you can still call us for urgent issues on 0800 932 463 or 09 430 4200 (24 hours). You can also report non-urgent issues in detail through our Report It system, and they will be addressed as soon as possible.

Report It


Rubbish and recycling continue as normal

Christmas day falls on a Saturday this year so there will be no changes to the usual collections in Christmas week.

Extra coastal collection dates

Extra coastal area collections start on 1 January 2022 and will continue until 6 February 2022. 

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 for these extra pickups.

More info

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

Rubbish and recycling

Transfer stations summer hours

All transfer stations are closed on Christmas Day, 25 December 2021.

On other days, the summer hours apply for rubbish and recycling stations:

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

Dogs on beaches (rules until 31 January)

Dogs are allowed on most beaches before 9:00am or after 5:00pm between 20 December 2021 and 31 January 2022, 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.

The Public Places Bylaw page linked below 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

Freedom camping in public

Several of our District’s ‘first-come, first-served’ freedom camping sites will be closed over the summer peak to help protect the environment and ensure day to day beach goers can find a place to park.

Sites that will be closed to freedom camping from 18 December to 8 February are the designated sites at Whangaumu Wellingtons Bay, Kowharewa Bay, Matapōuri (Wehiwehi Road), Woolleys Bay West and Sandy Bay. The Reyburn/ Finlayson House Lane Carpark has been permanently closed to campers.

New sites for fully self contained vehicles have been designated at Hātea East Carpark (year round), and at Tikipunga and Onerahi Sportsparks from 18 December to Northland/ Auckland Anniversary day each year. The designated sites in the main carpark at Ocean Beach will remain open, but the grass overflow carpark there is now permanently closed for all camping.

Certified self-contained vehicle users may stay for three nights anywhere parking or camping are not prohibited, provided they use their onboard facilities and are considerate of residents and other road users. Campers wanting the convenience of public toilets, please book at one of our District’s commercial or Department of Conservation campgrounds to be sure of a place to stay.

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


Whangarei District is at the 'Red' setting in the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Although all of our facilities are open, both the i-SITE at Tarewa Park and Central Library require anyone over the age of 12 to show their valid My Vaccine Pass for entry. Details for these locations are below. The offices at Forum North, and the Ruakaka Service Centre, do not require visitors to show a My Vaccine Pass.

Our COVID-19 protection arrangements

Government advice

Find out about operating requirements, getting a My Vaccine Pass, controlled regional boundaries and what to do if you get sick:



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

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.

Spending time on our Langs Beach should be much safer this summer, with the speed limit on the beach reduced to 20kph, and access to the beach only from the south-east of the vehicle access point. Driving is prohibited 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).

Our aim is for everyone to have a safe summer, including those around 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.  


We have started road upgrades and resurfacing for more than 130km of roads in our District, 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 existing sealed road, including two major arterial roads: Mill Road and Rewarewa Road. 

Please slow down and be patient as you travel through roadworks

Read more about our 2021-22 Summer roadworks programme:

Expect roadworks this summer

School holiday programmes

We have compiled a list of school holiday programme opportunities running between December 2021 and January 2022.

Some of these programmes are free, and many are registered with OSCAR and WINZ and may be subsidised.

Or if you're 12-20 and full of ideas, you could make your own fun (and a positive impact) with the new Gen Z Fund.

WDC Youth

Beam e-scooters

Beam hire e-scooters are owned and operated by a private company and any inquiries about scooter hire should be made directly to them through their website.

Ride Beam – Frequently Asked Questions