Rules for driving on Muriwai and Karioitahi beaches
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Why we have rules for driving on Muriwai and Karioitahi beaches
Under the law, beaches are legal roads, so all road rules apply.
- speed limits
- licensing of drivers
- vehicle registration and warrant of fitness
- alcohol use
- driving behaviour.
Beaches are policed. You must carry a photo ID and your beach driving permit when you use your vehicle on the beach.
Guidelines for driving on Muriwai and Karioitahi beaches
- Take safety equipment, including a spade and a rope.
- Always drive with headlights on.
- Stick to the hard part of the beach below the high tide line. Check tide times before you go out.
- Access to the beach is limited to three hours either side of low tide.
- Look out for partially submerged objects.
- Stay off the dunes - fragile dune systems are damaged by vehicle use.
- Always slow down when there are people or animals around.
- Be aware of shorebirds nesting at high tide.
- You must always have your beach driving permit when you are driving on the beach - having it on your mobile phone or device is fine.
You should know
Driving on all other beaches is prohibited, except to launch or retrieve a boat or in emergency situations.