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Run a commercial business from one of our beaches or reserves

14 February 2020

If you want to run a coffee cart, food truck or any sort of mobile commercial activity from a public place – we want to hear from you.

Georgia's Goods Whangamata

Photo: Georgia's Goods operating from Hunt Rd Reserve, Whangamata.

We’re currently seeking expressions of interest from businesses or individuals who wish to obtain a licence to operate a commercial activity on or over a public place, for a period of two years from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2022.

The area occupied by a commercial activity is restricted to the immediate area of the activity and should not overly obstruct or encroach other people’s use of the public place.

“There are only a limited number of spaces available on our Council reserves for commercial activities, so it is important that you fill out the form correctly and provide all the information required,” says Derek Thompson our Community Facilities Manager.

Expressions of interest will close at 4pm on 31 March 2020. Please note late applications will not be accepted.

For more information and to download the forms, see our website

The expression of interest and application form with all supporting information can be mailed to:

Thames-Coromandel District Council
Private Bag 1001

Or alternatively, email to:

For any further queries please call us on 07 868 0200.

Our Council has approved various licences for commercial activities on or over Council beaches and reserves across our District. You can view the current operators here.

Group fitness activities on our beaches and reserves

The Drift yoga studio Whangamata Our beaches and reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends. We also encourage our communities to engage in physical exercise on our beaches and reserves.

If you would like to utilise a public place to run a fitness group or well-being activity such as a bootcamp, or a tai chi or yoga class, it is recommended that you apply to the Council for a permit to book a space. Booking a space will ensure that your activity can take place with our Council’s support and will also ensure your activity does not clash with other arrangements or events on the public place. A permit will cost $60 and will give you the right to occupy a public space with a maximum number of 25 people for the purpose of your activity, for a limited time period (depending on the activity and how long it is needed for).

If you have any questions please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email

For more information including application forms click here.