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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has a range of community buildings available for hire for recreational activities, events, meetings and private functions.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 60 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
There are a number of settlements providing road access to the beach in the Waimakariri District
The Kairaki and Pines Beach communities link to coastal car parks and beach sites close to the mouth of the Waimakariri River. Further north, roads lead to Woodend Beach and the coastal dune area beyond Pegasus Town.
Waikuku Beach settlement is the gateway to the Waikuku Beach Surf Life Saving Club swimming beach and the Ashley-Rakahuri River mouth and estuary area. Surf Life Saving crews patrol at Waikuku, and also cover Woodend Beach and Pines Beach during the peak summer season. The public are advised to swim at these locations
Access and use of the Northern Pegasus Bay Coastal Strip is governed by the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016. The bylaw was updated following extensive community consultation, and became operative on Monday 15 August 2016. Some key changes were made, so before heading out to enjoy the district’s beautiful beaches, there are a few important changes to be aware of. These are summarised below, and the full details can be found on our bylaws page
For the safety and enjoyment of all users, and to protect special wildlife areas, there are areas along the northern Pegasus Bay coastal strip where vehicles are prohibited or restricted. Check out the online map (pdf, 13.0 MB) to view the areas you can and can’t go before heading out.
Here are some of the key things you need to know before taking your vehicle to the Northern Pegasus Bay beaches:
And remember, the beach is a road, all the road rules and the law still apply in these areas.
View the maps (pdf, 3.5 MB) showing all access restrictions and prohibited areas.
Two wheel motorbikes are prohibited from all beaches and dunes along the Northern Pegasus Bay Coastal strip. Quad bikes are permitted to drive on the beach as they are classified as a motor vehicle. They must be legal to drive on the road.
Dogs are welcome on most areas of the Northern Pegasus Bay coastal strip. However to protect ecological values and bird habitat around the Ashley River/Rakahuri estuarine area and wetlands, dogs are not allowed.
Here are some other key things you need to know before exercising your dog at the beach:
View the map (pdf, 7.4 MB) for more information on prohibited areas for dogs.
For people wishing to ride and train horses on the beach, there are horse float parking areas provided at the end of Ferry Road in Woodend Beach, and at the southern end of Waikuku Beach settlement, off Reserve Road.
To view float parking locations, beach access areas and areas that are prohibited for horse riding and training, view the horse access map (pdf, 4.3 MB). Remember, you Should avoid riding through flagged surf patrol areas, and horse riding is no longer permitted in the Ashley River/Rakahuri and Saltwater Creek Estuary areas. To find out where you can ride your horse in the Waimakariri district visit our Equestrian activities page.
Commercial horse training on Woodend Beach is subject to a user agreement. Find out more in our user guide
This is a special area of significance for wildlife and estuarine habitat. To ensure the protection of this area,it is prohibited area for:
It is a restricted area for kite surfing and there is a 5 knot speed limit for water craft.
View the access map (pdf, 7.4 MB)for more details on where the prohibitions apply.
Camping, including freedom camping is not allowed in the dunes or beaches of Northern Pegasus Bay. View the map showing where camping is prohibited.
Have you seen our Freedom Camping Brochure (pdf, 425.7 KB), this shows you all the places that you can safely freedom camp in our district
Fires in Northern Pegasus Bay are permit only. Contact our Customer Services Team for more information. Ph: 03 311 8900
For more information about the Waimakariri District Council Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016, and management of motor vehicles, horse and foot traffic on district beaches, please visit our Bylaws page.
Horse access (pdf, 4.3 MB)
Vehicle access (pdf, 3.5 MB)
Land yacht access (pdf, 2.0 MB)