Northern Pegasus Bay Beach Rules Reminder

Published: 28-May-2018

The Districts beaches have become an attractive option to enjoy some sand and surf during what is turning out to be a scorching summer. So it’s a good time to remind people about some of the rules that apply to vehicles, dogs and horses on the beach and our precious Ashley-Rakahuri Estuary.

Waimakariri District Councillor Al Blackie chairs the newly-formed Northern Pegasus Bay Advisory Group and is reminding beach users of the following rules to follow: Scenic photo of pegasus bay beaches


  • Dogs are not allowed on the Ashley / Rakahuri Estuary.
  • Dogs need to be on a lead around horses if not able to be effectively voice controlled.
  • Dogs are not allowed either between or within 50 metres of the surf flags.


  • Horses are not allowed on the Ashley / Rakahuri Estuary.
  • Horses are not allowed to be ridden through flagged surf patrol areas.
  • Our website has a map that shows horse access trails and horse-float parking areas.


  • Recreational Driving is not permitted on any area of the coastal reserve. Access is available for fishing, boat launching and mahinga kai gathering. View a map showing where vehicle access is permitted from Kairaki Beach to the outfall and at Ashworths Beach.
  • Vehicles are not permitted to drive on any dunes nor the Ashley / Rakahuri Estuary.
  • No driving through flagged surf lifesaving areas.
  • Two wheel motorbikes are prohibited from all beaches and dunes.

Fires anywhere in the Northern Pegasus Bay are by permit only, so no beach bonfires!

At its December meeting, Council adopted the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016 Implementation Plan. It establishes how the existing Bylaw will be put into practice, and tackles issues that fall outside the scope of the bylaw. Following public consultation the future management and protection of the Ashley-Rakahuri Estuary was a clear priority, as was the ongoing education of beach users.

Visit our website for more details around the bylaw and guidelines for recreational users.