Waimārama is one of the most popular coastal resorts in the country. Its long stretches of sandy beach are ideal for walking, jogging, swimming, surfing and fishing. It has mobile phone coverage and a general store (which does fantastic fish and chips).
Waimārama, 25 minutes' drive from Havelock North past the spectacular Craggy Range winery, is a typical attractive East Coast golden sand beach. Some permanent residents live here, but in the main Waimārama is a popular weekender and picnic venue.
This beach yields an abundance of pipi, while flounders are occasionally speared near the water's edge.
The seasonal ban in place from 8am to 8pm, that starts at Labour Weekend and runs until April 1 on the section pictured below:
Also, just as on the road, there are rules around driving on the beach. There is a 20kmh speed limit on all Hastings beaches, which must be adhered to by all drivers. Quad drivers and motorbike riders must wear helmets, and no pillion passengers are allowed on quad bikes. If people are breaking these rules they need to be reported to the police.
Council had a number of submissions during out Long-Term Plan consultation in 2020, requesting that we extend the partial ban either to a year-round ban and/or over a greater area of the beach and/or over a longer period of time. For more information, head to: www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/vehiclebeachuse
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