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In Tauranga, 28 per cent of people identify as living with a disability. Council strives to make the city accessible to everyone, so that people are able to move about easily and safely without being limited by the environment.

Beach access mat

Tauranga is leading the way in helping everyone enjoy the beach and water, with New Zealand’s first council-owned beach access mat.

The beach access mat is a portable rollout mat that creates a sturdy and visible access path to the beach. Anyone can use the matting, but it is particularly helpful for people who usually can’t get onto the beach and move across the sand (e.g. users of wheelchairs, walkers, mobility scooters, or strollers).

The mat was trialled at Mount Maunganui Main Beach in December 2016 and was a huge success. Fundraising for the mat was successfully led by local businesses and 60 metres of matting was purchased by Council in 2017.

Beach mat locations

The mat is currently in two locations:

  • Mount Maunganui Main Beach – at the walkway to the left of the cenotaph on Marine Parade (opposite Mount Drury), heading down onto the beach towards Moturiki (Leisure Island). The mat will be permanently available over the 2018/19 summer period (weather dependant).
  • Omanu Beach – at the walkway in front of Omanu Surf Lifesaving Club, at the end of Surf Road. The mat will temporarily be available until the early March 2019 (weather dependent).

An accessible beach buggy and beach chair are also available for hire. Bookings are required.

To hire the beach buggy please contact CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty
To hire the beach chair please contact Hibiscus Surf School

Tauranga accessibility awards

If our environment is accessible for the disability sector, it is accessible for everyone.

Each year, the Tauranga accessibility awards seek to recognise developers, architects, builders and business owners/operators who have demonstrated their commitment towards building an inclusive community. These awards have been established to promote universal design and to celebrate those individuals who have embraced social inclusion in the development of a building or the operation of their business.

Universal design recognises human diversity and various life scenarios such as pregnancy, childhood, injury, disability and ageing in all design.

Watch this space to find out when the 2019 awards are open for nominations.

Mobility parking

Information on mobility parking

Last Reviewed: 14/02/2019

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