Council considers horse riding ban

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is considering banning horses from Tuapiro Point. File photo.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is undertaking a bylaw review which considers no longer allowing horses to be ridden at Tuapiro Point.

However, horse riders will be interested to know the council is also looking at the development of an 80-hectare forestry block in Lund Road for horse riding, walking and cycling trails.

Policy planning & regulatory services group manager Rachael Davie says the decision to do a review of activities around Tuapiro Point has resulted from the council being made aware of the inadvertent damage horses were causing.

“We know Tuapiro Point is very popular with horse riders but it’s important that we take a wider look at all uses of this area with a view to prioritising public health and the health of the inner harbour.

“The Regional Coastal Environment Plan identifies the need to avoid significant damage to the coastal environment, particularly where this impacts public health and significant cultural sites such as kaimoana beds, which is why we’re proposing this change.”

Tuapiro Point has been a popular spot with horse riders for a number of years.

However, riders going outside of permitted areas, leaving waste behind and riding over kaimoana beds are causing significant damage which has led Council to consider this change.

To find out more and to make a submission about the proposed Reserves and Facilities Bylaw change and the proposed new Lund Road area (part of the Katikati/Waihi Beach Reserve Management Plan) visit

Information sessions are planned for:




The Lounge, Katikati Memorial Hall, Main Street, Katikati

Saturday 26 May 2018


Paengaroa Community Hall, Old Coach Road/Main Road, Paengaroa.

Saturday 16 June 2018


Supper Room, Waihi Beach Community Centre, Waihi Beach Road, Waihi Beach.

Saturday 23 June 2018


Submissions should be made online at


82m how about Ban Council instead

Posted on 15-05-2018 10:20 | By Mein Fuhrer

I’ve never ever seen a councillor stop to remedy all their Council waste, on the tidal steps, on the cycle lanes, in parks, in the Art Gallery, on the Museum referendum and on the congested roads, ban Councils altogether

Yep, ban them

Posted on 15-05-2018 09:47 | By Chris

If the feral animals who ride their horses on the beach stopped to pick up their waste the regional council wouldn’t need to consider this. Ban them, it’s a public health and safety matter.

@ By 82m

Posted on 15-05-2018 09:22 | By BennyBenson

Yeah why not ban everything, NZ is the most boring country on earth anyway!

Ban them

Posted on 15-05-2018 07:16 | By 82m

Ive never ever seen a horse rider stop to pick up their horses waste. on the beach. on the footpath, in parks. ban horses altogether

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