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Vehicles and horses on beaches

Horses and quadbikes are allowed on beaches, but only in certain areas.


Quadbikes may be driven on the beach with the permission of Council (authorisation number must be displayed on the vehicle), and provided they use the vehicle access point between 105 and 107 Karewa Parade. They can only be ridden on the beach from the Karewa Parade vehicle access point to the river mouth of the Kaituna River.

Quadbikes must be driven to ensure the safety and consideration of others in the area and may not be driven on the sand dunes.  As the beach is designated a public road, quadbikes must be registered and licenced, you must hold a driver’s licence, and you must comply with all other traffic regulations. Quadbikes must be road-worthy, but are not required to have a WOF.

Vehicles may be driven on the beach for the purposes of setting up and running of events on the beach, but only if permitted by the Council and in accordance with that permission.

When driving a vehicle on the beach, you must ensure you adhere to the speed limits set out in the Speed Limit Bylaw 2009.

View the conditions of use for motorcycles on Papamoa Beach. You can download an application form to ride your quadbike on the beach, or pick one up from the Council customer service centre.

Speed Limit Bylaw 2009 (970kb pdf)

Conditions of use for quadbikes on Papamoa Beach (67kb pdf)

Application to use a motorcycle on Papamoa Beach (84kb pdf)


As a general rule you can ride your horse on the beach.  However there are some places where you cannot ride, drive or lead a horse on the beach:

  • any beach at Mauao (the mountain)
  • the main Mt Maunganui beach from Moturiki Island (Leisure Island) to, and including, the base of Mauao
  • any beach at Moturiki Island (Leisure Island)
  • Pilot Bay beach from the base of Mauao to Salisbury Wharf 
  • any beach within 100 metres directly in front of and adjoining any land at mean high water springs classified as Marae Community Zone (as identified in the Tauranga District Plan and shown on the maps in Schedule 2), unless the horse is at a walking pace

Council may, by resolution, define further beaches where horses are prohibited.

Access by horses and their riders to those coastal beaches where horses are permitted, must be via a Council-controlled vehicle access or any other access designated for that purpose.

You must remove any horse manure and dispose of it in a hygienic manner.

For a map of the areas where you can ride a horse on the beach please see the map in Schedule one of the Beaches Bylaw.

Beaches Bylaw (1.8mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 14/03/2018

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