Coast Care is a coastal restoration programme, run in close partnership with local communities, local authorities, care groups and schools, that aims to restore and protect the sand dunes along our Bay of Plenty beaches.

Who is involved?

There are 25 groups throughout the Bay of Plenty who all help to make sure sand dunes are not lost to erosion, weather or careless management. Volunteers who care about our coastal environment like residents, beach users and schools, give their time and expertise to looking after our dunes.  Council provides most of the funding for Coast Care groups, as well as other resources and educational tools.

All four coastal district and city councils (Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne) and the Department of Conservation are also involved in the programme. Coast Care volunteers help with beach clean-ups, planting native dune plants, managing the spread of weeds and pests, fencing and much more. Coast Care offers advice on reducing erosion through planting and also provides resources such as native plants and fertiliser. Part of Coast Care’s role is also to educate people on why caring for our dunes is such an important part of protecting our beaches and that we all have a responsibility to our environment.

Get involved

Volunteers are invited to come and help at our Coast Care Bay of Plenty community planting days (see upcoming events below). 

Digging in the sand is quite easy and dune restoration can be enjoyable and rewarding. You'll be doing your bit for our native plants and animals and working with like-minded locals who care about the environment. All you need to bring is covered sturdy footwear, suitable clothing, gardening gloves and favourite spade.

Would you like to receive updates of Coast Care initiatives in your local area and learn more about how to protect and restore the coastal environment in the Bay of Plenty? Fill in our form online to join the mailing list and receive details of events in your area and learn more about how you can help with the protection and restoration of the coastal environment.

Eastern Bay of Plenty

All eastern Coast Care dune planting events run from 9.30am to 11.30am. Look for the Coast Care flag.

Sunday 2nd May

Port Ōhope - weed control.
Meet in front of 462 Harbour Road, Ōhope. 

Sunday 13th June

West End, Ōhope - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet at the carpark opposite 11 West End Road, Ōhope.

Sunday 27th June

Moana Street, Ōhope - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet opposite Moana Street, Ōhope.

Sunday 11th July

Port Ōhope - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet in front of 462 Harbour Road, Ōhope. 

Sunday 25th July

Ōhiwa/Bryan's Beach - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet at the entrance to the Ōhiwa Beach Holiday Park. 

Western Bay of Plenty

All western Coast Care events run from 10am until 12 noon. Look for the Coast Care flag.

Sunday 23rd May

Waihī Beach - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet at the Waihi Beach Surf Club car park.

Sunday 13th June

Waihī Beach - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet at Broadway Road opposite Albacore Ave, Waihi Beach.

Sunday 20th June

Mount Maunganui - Coast Care Dune Planting.
Meet at Hart Street beach access on Marine Parade.

Sunday 20th June

Coast Care and Maketū Ongattoro Wetland Society planting.
Meet at Newdicks Beach.

Sunday 4th July

Pāpāmoa - Coast Care Dune Planting. 
Meet at the car park between 39 & 41 Motiti Road.

Why do we need to look after our dunes?

The dunes are the backbone of our beaches, the buffer between the land and the sea. Healthy dunes are wide, gently sloping and have many dune plants to help anchor them. We now know that native dune plants play a vital role in maintaining the dunes, binding light blowing sand onto the beach, and making stable sand dunes. Without these plants, the sand blows away and dunes disappear - leaving the land vulnerable to weather and wave surges.

The popularity of our beaches, changing climate, pests and development pressure are all affecting the health of our coast, particularly dunes. This makes the work of Coast Care groups even more important in making sure our beaches remain for many more years to come.

Dunes not only provide a buffer between land and sea, they also play an important part of New Zealand’s coastal biodiversity and we have a responsibility to make sure they are protected.

Meet the dunes

How dunes work

Plant community

Animal community

Human impacts

Sucess Stories

Coast Care Bay of Plenty works to restore our natural coastal environment. Listed below are some examples of the work that has gone into our region showing how the planting of native sand binding plants on the dunes can improve the buffer between the land and the sea.

Where are Coast Care groups located?

There are many coast care groups in the Bay of Plenty. They aim to reduce erosion of the sand dunes on the coastal reserve. 

This map shows the various Coast Care Groups along the Bay of Plenty coastline.  If you are interested in joining a coast care group please contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Coast Care Officer.

Coast Care map

Life's a Beach Education teacher resource

Life's a Beach is a teaching resource about the beach environment - the sea, beach, sand dunes, dune vegetation and reserve areas. The resource covers a wide range of curriculum areas with an emphasis on science and social science. The resource can be used (or adapted for use) for levels two - eight.

Check out the Life's a Beach resource in our teacher resources section.

Contact Coast Care

With 25 groups throughout the Bay of Plenty, there is bound to be one in your neighbourhood. The Coast Care team can be contacted by email at or by calling us on 0800 884 880.

Alternatively, you can contact the coordinators: