Recreation

Accessibel App

Planning your next outdoor adventure has been made easier thanks to the app Accessibel which helps understand the accessibility of walkways, waterways, and cycleways in Aotearoa.

Developed by the Halberg Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Sensibel, Accessibel is an app launched in 2020 that provides detailed information, images, and maps, on the spaces and terrain.

The app aims to enable physically disabled Kiwis to understand outdoor areas that will best suit their abilities as well as highlighting on maps the challenges to prepare for and destinations to look forward to.

For more information on Accessibel head here or contact your local Adviser here for other recreational activities in your region.

 

Adapted Water Sports Equipment

Various beaches around New Zealand offer adapted water sports equipment available for use or loan for physically disabled New Zealanders. 

Beach Wheelchairs 

Beach Wheelchairs are available in locations around the country. Here are the locations and details:

Tokerau Beach 

Located at: Tokerau Beach, Kaitaia 

Contact: Gary Butt - 0274907607 - tokeraubeachboys@gmail.com  

Tutukaka 

Located at: Tutukaka Surf Experience Shop, Marina Road, Tutukaka, Whangarei 

Contact: Simon Eggington - 0212270072 - simon@tutukakasurf.co.nz

Waipu Cove

Located at: Camp Waipu Cove, 869 Cove Road

Contact: 09 4320410

Auckland 

Equipment Loan Pool though Auckland Whanau Special Needs Support Group - Click Here 

Halberg Foundation - James Glenn - james@halberg.co.nz

Beach Wheelchairs Company will hire a beach wheelchair for $50 per half day. Pick up from 1001 Beach Road, Torbay - just 300m from Long Beach. Contact: 021 533 659 or email info@beachwheels.co.nz 

Whangamata 

Toes In The Water - Two beach chairs and two beach walkers available 

Contact: 021 0885 8939 

Waihi Beach 

Located: Tasman Holiday Resort, 15 Beach Road, Waihi Beach

Contact: 0800 924 448 

Book a date and time (2hr usage). You'll be askes to provide name and address details over the phone; and show ID upon pick up.

Mount Maunganui

Located: Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park, 1 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui. 

Contact: 07 5754471 

Book online here 

Hibiscus Surf School, Mount Maunganui 

Contact: 07 575 3792 - info@surfschool.co.nz

Tauranga

CCS Disability Tauranga have three beach chairs available 

Contact: 07 578 0063

Papamoa

Located: Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club, 561 Papamoa Beach Road 

Contact: 07 542 2122

Whakatane

Located: The Disabilities Resource Centre Trust, 141-143 King St, Whakatane 

Contact: 07 307 1447 - information@drct.co.nz

Ohope

Located: Ohope Top 10 Holiday Park, 367 Harbour Road, Ohope

Contact: 07 312 4460 

Gisborne 

Parafed Gisborne/ Tairawhiti 

Contact: Lou 020 408 09069

Taranaki 

Located: Oakura Board Riders Club, Oakura Beach

Contact: John Sigurdsson - 021 190 4881 or john@halberg.co.nz 

Napier

Hippocampe All-Terrain wheelchair located at Kenneedy Park Resport Napier

Waikanae Beach 

Located: Waikanae Boat Club

Contact: Greg Shaw - greg-van@xtra.co.nz

Book online here

Wellington 

Located: Freyburg Pool, 139 Oriental Parade, Wellington 

Contact: 04 801 4530 

Located: Lyall Bay 

Contact: 04 387 2024

Christchurch

Located: North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club

Dunedin 

Located: Esplanade Surf School, 1 Esplanade, Dunedin 

Contact: 0800 484 141 or learn@espsurfschool.co.nz

 

 

Beach Mats

Some beaches around the country have beach access mats is use during the summer

Mission Bay - Coming soon

Waiheke Island - Beach matting is located at Palm Beach Reserve. There is an accessible toilet and picnic area available

Mount Maunganui - The Tauranga City Council provides beach access mats at three locations at Mount Maunganui: Pilot Bay, the Cenotaph, and Cutter's Cove. You can loan a powered TrailRider to head up to The Mount's summit with friends and family. 

Ohope - A beach mat is available at Ohope Beach in front of the Ohope Surf Club 

Auckland - A beach mat is at the end of The Strand , Takapuna Beach - and a new toilet and changing facility at Gould Reserve at Takapuna Beach

Whangamata - Mat coming soon

Waihi Beach - A beach mat is available at the north end of Waihi Beach in front of the accessible toilets. The mat has been provided by the community.

Wellington - The Hutt City Council provides beach access mats at Days Beach Over the summer period. Outside of this period, the Council will make the mat available for groups to hire out if needed to improve access at programmes, activities or events. 

Nelson - Tahunanui Beach. Available weekends and sunny days.

Christchurch - North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club