Driving on Muriwai Beach

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Muriwai Beach

This consultation closed on 14 May 2021.

We are considering a number of options to manage the future of vehicles driving on Muriwai Beach.

This is in response to safety concerns raised during consultation for the Regional Parks Management Plan review about:

  • beach user safety and enjoyment
  • environmental protection
  • fire risk
  • driver behaviour.


Current vehicle access to Muriwai Beach

At the moment vehicles can access the beach at three separate points:

  • Coast Road via Muriwai Regional Park, approximately 2km up the beach
  • Rimmer Road via an easement managed by Hancock Forestry and the Department of Conservation, approximately 15km up the beach
  • Wilson Road via a paper road controlled by Auckland Transport, approximately 30km up the beach.


What we want your feedback on

We'd like to know how you feel about vehicles driving on Muriwai Beach.

We'd also like to know which of these options you prefer:

  • seasonal closures restricting vehicle access to the beach at peak times, such as Christmas/New Years, Christmas to after Auckland Anniversary weekend, Guy Fawkes and other times where required to reduce fire risk
  • controlled access - which may include gated access points to control vehicle access to the beach. Access would be restricted to authorised paid permit holders, surf lifesaving and other emergency service vehicles
  • permanent closure of all public vehicle access points to Muriwai Beach (with the exception of surf lifesaving and other emergency services vehicles).

Before providing your feedback, we recommend you read the Supporting Document.

What happens next

We will present your feedback to the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee who will decide on the next steps.

This consultation closed on 14 May 2021.

We are considering a number of options to manage the future of vehicles driving on Muriwai Beach.

This is in response to safety concerns raised during consultation for the Regional Parks Management Plan review about:

  • beach user safety and enjoyment
  • environmental protection
  • fire risk
  • driver behaviour.


Current vehicle access to Muriwai Beach

At the moment vehicles can access the beach at three separate points:

  • Coast Road via Muriwai Regional Park, approximately 2km up the beach
  • Rimmer Road via an easement managed by Hancock Forestry and the Department of Conservation, approximately 15km up the beach
  • Wilson Road via a paper road controlled by Auckland Transport, approximately 30km up the beach.


What we want your feedback on

We'd like to know how you feel about vehicles driving on Muriwai Beach.

We'd also like to know which of these options you prefer:

  • seasonal closures restricting vehicle access to the beach at peak times, such as Christmas/New Years, Christmas to after Auckland Anniversary weekend, Guy Fawkes and other times where required to reduce fire risk
  • controlled access - which may include gated access points to control vehicle access to the beach. Access would be restricted to authorised paid permit holders, surf lifesaving and other emergency service vehicles
  • permanent closure of all public vehicle access points to Muriwai Beach (with the exception of surf lifesaving and other emergency services vehicles).

Before providing your feedback, we recommend you read the Supporting Document.

What happens next

We will present your feedback to the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee who will decide on the next steps.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Your question will be sent to the project team who will aim to respond within 5 business days

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    Why can’t the police regularly partrol the beach I’ve lived here my whole life and have no problem with young people going up the beach fishing/ 4x4/ it provides jobs most are paying road user tax why should be rip of by 4x4 park please leve open

    wceng@icloud.com asked 5 months ago

    Kia ora,

    Thanks for your question.

    We are in discussion with Police who are better placed to be able to answer your question. 

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    Why is status quo not an option on this questionaire? Feedback from me is to leave things as they are. How many deaths or serious injury have been recorded in the last 10 years involving driving on Muriwai beach? Making new rules for the sake of it is no reason to change the status quo. How many safety concerns raised were raised by individuals during consultation for the Regional Parks Management Plan review? What were these safety concerns?

    Stef Railey asked 5 months ago

    Kia ora,

    Thanks for your questions.

    Status Quo was specifically left off as an option.  Most people spoken to recognise and agree that there is a problem with the environmental impact of vehicles accessing the beach, vehicles accessing areas they are currently prohibited from as well as the dangerous behaviour of some drivers and fires .  As the status quo was is what was in place that lead to the current situation, a continuation of the same was not seen as a viable option.

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    Are the minutes from the public meetings available to view anywhere?gigRosep

    muriwaisuzi asked 6 months ago

    Kia Ora, 

    Thank you for your question. The minutes are now uploaded to the survey page and have been sent out to all registered public meeting attendees.

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    How many complaints regarding bad driving have been received by Auckland Council over the last three years broken down by month?

    Luke3012 asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora,

    This question is more properly answered by the NZ Police.  During the past 3 years Regional Parks has recorded 60 incidents involving vehicle accidents on the beach , dangerous / speeding vehicles on the beach and he dumping or abandonment of vehicles on the beach.  Please note that there is a high degree of under reporting so this represents a small percentage of total incidents of this nature, particularly speeding and dangerous driving.

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    Kia Ora, As a surfer, 4x4 driver and West Auckland resident I would be absolutely gutted to see Muriwai beach closed. I understand that there are a few people who are ruining it for the rest of us and it would be a shame for there to just be a knee-jerk reaction to those people that then impacts everyone else who treats the area with respect and handles themselves and their vehicle responsibly. I don't personally want to see any change to the way Muriwai is currently but I understand that safety and environmental concerns may outweigh my preferences. The question I have is around the second option given here; of access being available to permit holders only. How accessible would permits be? If it was only a small fee and open for anyone to purchase and the majority of people who are currently using the beach are still able to use it I could support that option. However if it is expensive/exclusive and means locking the beach down to anyone who isn't part of a small group that would be a huge shame. It would be great if the beauty and grandeur of Muriwai can still be an attraction that people come from all over Auckland and beyond to experience and enjoy. So with that said, what would the permit scenario look like? Would permits be widely accessible or available only to a select few?

    Caleb S asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora,

    The issuing of a permit would be widely accessible but would require proof of licence as well as registration and warrant of fitness of the vehicle they relate to along with the payment of what it hoped to be a relatively low fee.  It would enable an ability to withdraw access for anyone who is identified as breaching the rules such as driving dangerously, driving in the back dunes, etc.  Although subject to the direction of councillors one suggestion put forward is that funds generated through the paid permit system would both go toward the cost and maintenance of the gate with surplus directed back to the benefit of Muriwai Beach.

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    Muriwai Beach should only be available to motor vehicles if an organised event and appropriate application has been lodged.

    Doug and Anne asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora thank you for your feedback. We will take this on board moving forward.

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    Why is there not an option for no change or “other”? This would suggest that Council and RLB have made up their mind on this and the consultation is just a sham.

    Luke3012 asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora thank you for your feedback. Please note that no decision has been made, your feedback is valued and will contribute to the feedback process.

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    Muriwai Beach is a public road and one of the few non contaminated waters of Auckland area. I go fishing as a sedate vehicle user with my family,we all enjoy this special area and respect it. But some don't have any care sand duning, driving fast where people are, camping and lighting of a fire, with No Onus on them they don't act in a responsible manner. Beach Control be form, Police, Council, Public a hotline be formed were information can be sent to this group for acting on. Everyone has a cellphone with a camera, they are encouraged to act as Beach Wardens, take photo's of offending people vehicles, bikes been unloaded and vehicle which brought them. Any Vehicle which is non compliant to be Confiscated and sold, putting onus on their shoulders changes attitude. Heavy fines for degree of offence. Banning will not work to well for they will use someone else's name or vehicile.

    donlad4u asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora thank you for your feedback. We will take this on board moving forward.

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    The option of status quo has not been included. This makes the survey outcome predetermined and does not include all options.j The option of no change is the most important option of all. This is a undemocratic survey. The effect of natural coastal erosion by the sea is overlooked as it is the main affect on the coastal erosion of the dunes. If decisions are made on potential risk of death from vehicles then all roads should be closed. Muriwai beach use is a very important part of our local culture....of course its not totally risk free....but that is the attraction and a very Kiwi activity....every night of the week i see car lights coming down the beach where people have been up the beach having a good time....better than hanging out in downtown areas causing trouble

    Waitea asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora thank you for your feedback. We will take this on board moving forward.

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    We should all be able to enjoy the beach any time of the year vehicle's and all, like it has always been. Putting gates up will only stop the law abiding people which sucks. Another way would be to have everyone do a free online registration of the vehicle's or bike what evers going on the beach, and with that registration give them a number they can call if someone is messing up the place, just like someone would if they were on the road and have penalties that will be enforced. I mean if our freedom keeps getting taken just because of a few idiots theres going to be nothing left for anyone to do around the country well for free anyway.

    Jim l,p asked 6 months ago

    Kia ora thank you for your feedback. We will take this on board moving forward.

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