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Free permits for driving on beaches

Published: 5 December 2017

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Grab a permit to drive on Karioitahi and Muriwai beaches

One of the super cool things to do over summer is to take your car for a drive along a spectacular west coast beach.

Aucklanders are fortunate to have two stunning beaches – Karioitahi and Muriwai – where you’re allowed to drive, provided you have a permit.

Getting a permit costs nothing and only takes about five minutes. Even better, it can all be done online.

Beaches are legal roads and all road rules – seatbelts, speed limits, driving behaviour and such - apply.

Top tips

  • You must always have your beach driving permit when you are driving on the beach – having it on your mobile phone or device is fine.
  • Take safety equipment, including a spade and a rope.
  • Stick to the hard part of the beach below the high tide line.
  • Access to the beach is limited to three hours either side of low tide.
  • Stay off the dunes – fragile dune systems are damaged by vehicle use.
  • Always slow down when there are people or animals around.
  • Be aware of shorebirds nesting at high tide.