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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
Waimakariri is lucky to have great beaches and the beautiful Ashley-Rakahuri Estuary.
Kairaki Beach and The Pines Beach are accessed via coastal car parks, and are situated at the southern end of the district, 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.
It's important that we look after these areas and make sure everyone can enjoy them safely, so we have worked closely with the community to develop the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016. Some key changes were made, so before heading out to enjoy the district’s beautiful beaches, there are a few important things to be aware of.
These are summarised below, in this video series, or read the full bylaw pdf, 19.8 MB.
Surf Life Saving crews patrol at Waikuku, and also cover Woodend Beach and Pegasus Beach during the peak summer season.
The public are advised to swim at these locations
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 can't be used for recreational driving or driving for pleasure, they must be legal to drive on the road and follow the rules for Driving On The Beach as detailed below.
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 map (pdf, 3.5 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.
Dogs are welcome on most beaches and areas of the Northern Pegasus Bay coastal strip. However to protect ecological values and bird habitat around the Ashley River/Rakahuri estuary and wetlands, dogs are not allowed in that area.
Here are some other key things you need to know before exercising your dog at the beach:
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).
Commercial horse training on Woodend Beach is subject to a user agreement. Find out more in the user agreement brochure pdf, 4.4 MB
The Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016 restricts kite surfing in the Ashley River/Rakahuri Estuary to a designated area. Within this there is a launch area, transit area and main riding area.
Kite surfing is prohibited in all other Ashley/ Rakahuri and Saltwater Creek estuarine areas.
Land yachting has become a popular beach activity, and there is a designated area allowing for this activity.
Land yachts are prohibited between the beach entrance of the Waikuku Beach horse float car park access trail and the districts northern boundary. View the land yacht access map pdf, 2.0 MB for more details
Kite Surfing in the Ashley-Rakahuri Estuary - Video (YouTube)
Kite Surfing User Agreement Brochure & Area Map (pdf, 5.0 MB)
Land Yacht Access Map (pdf, 2.0 MB)
The Ashley-Rakahuri Estuary is a special place in our district and home to a lot of rare and endangered birdlife.
The Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016 is in place to ensure wildlife and the natural environment are not harmed and ensure everyone can enjoy the area's natural beauty.
To protect the estuary, the following activities are prohibited.
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
Open fires in Northern Pegasus Bay and on the beaches are by permit only, this includes bonfires, braziers and charcoal bbq's.