Follow our ‘summer tips’ for a stress-free holiday 10 December 2018 Summer in the Coromandel means a big spike in the population as people come for a holiday, so to make sure everyone gets to enjoy our beaches, reserves, town centres and the great outdoors, we have a few summer tips to help make sure everyone gets along. Our Coromandel Summer Tips pamphlet can be picked up at our service centres or viewed and downloaded from the right side of this page. The pamphlet contains a summary of the most important rules in place across our District so that we can all enjoy summer on the Coromandel and make sure we don’t have a negative impact on others and on the landscape. We also publish a weekly round-up of events in the Coromandel, available in the News section of this website every Thursday, or get it delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to our email newsletters and ticking "events" at www.tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe. Some key topics to note: Photo: Summer in the Coromandel. Our Council office hours: Our Council service centres will be closed 24 December and all public holidays, and open on 27, 28 and 31 December from 9am - 4pm, expect for Coromandel Town which will be closed from 24 December. Normal hours resume on 3 January 2019 at all our service centres. If you have any general enquiries over this time send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that this email address is only monitored during office hours). For urgent enquires you can contact us on our 24-hour service line: 07 868 0200. Dog control: most of our beaches have summer restrictions – dogs may be prohibited or only allowed before 9am and after 6pm. This is not only to keep doges off beaches when they’re crowded with people, but to protect important bird habitats during their summer breeding time. Check www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogs or call us on 07 868 0200 if you’re not sure where and when dogs are allowed. Alcohol in public places: Our town centres have year-round 24/7 alcohol bans in force and many of our beaches and seaside reserves have bans in place over Christmas/New Year and holiday long weekends. You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force. See the ban areas and times at www.tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. Fire: Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) has declared a Prohibited Fire Season, which means a total fire ban, for our District from 20 December 2018. It will apply to urban and rural areas. All fire permits will be suspended. FENZ now issues fire permists. Go to the FENZ website www.checkitsalright.nz for more information. Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection and refuse transfer stations: Our summer Kerbside collection schedule with extra pick-ups in many of our communities begins on 26 December and runs until 9 February 2019. Schedules are at www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside. Remember, place rubbish in blue, pre-paid Council bags for Kerbside collection on the ground as close to the kerb as you can, and not hanging from trees, poles or placed in cages. Our refuse transfer stations open to extended hours from 17 December until 24 February 2019. Hours and locations: www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts. Cathedral Cove and parking in Hahei: The little beachside village of Hahei is the jumping-off point for the ever-popular Cathedral Cove. We’re encouraging visitors (including tour company coach drivers) to park in the Hahei Visitor Car Park at the entrance to the village. From there it’s either a short walk through town to the beach and one of the access tracks to Cathedral Cove; or, visitors can take the Go Kiwi park and ride bus service to the end of Grange Road where the track to Cathedral Cove also begins. From 1 October to 30 April the Grange Rd car park is drop-off only and there is no longer freedom camping available there. There have been some amendments to parking in Hahei to create timed car parks in the village shops area, a stop for the Cathedral Cove bus service outside the shops, a drop-off only zone at the beach and mobility parks at the beach. See all the information about parking in Hahei at www.tcdc.govt.nz/haheiparking. Freedom camping: Freedom camping in the Coromandel is only allowed in certified self-contained vehicles. Check the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association website for details on certifying your camping vehicle as self-contained: www.nzmca.org.nz. Freedom camping on Council land is prohibited in some areas or restricted to designated zones – both are clearly sign-posted. www.tcdc.govt.nz/camping. Responsible camping: Please plan your journey, use the rubbish/recycling and toilet facilities and leave no trace. Check our Complete guide to camping on the Coromandel for places to stay, locations of toilets and rubbish facilities and other handy tips: www.tcdc.govt.nz/camping. Driving the Coromandel: The Coromandel is a great road trip destination. Remember: drive on the left, plan your trip to allow for slow traffic and lots of hills and narrow, winding roads and most important of all – slow down and enjoy your trip. Review the status of State Highways on the New Zealand Transport Agency website www.nzta.govt.nz. Review the status of Council roads on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil.