The weather’s looking good and we’re all set for an epic time at The Great Coromandel Coastal Clean-up this weekend. Here’s some key info to make sure you know what to bring, where to be and what’s planned.
If you know anyone who wants to come but who hasn’t already registered, please ask them to fill in our registration form here. It’s not too long, we promise! Oh and if you’ve registered for someone else please pass this information on so they’re in the loop.
What to bring?
- Sturdy shoes: coastal areas can be slippery and have sharp, loose rocks. You will need closed-toe, sturdy shoes (such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots).
- Warm clothes: While the forecast is looking good, NZ weather is always unpredictable. Please bring at least one warm top and a rain jacket.
- Sun hat and sun cream.
- Lunch and snacks for Saturday (minimal packaging please!).
- Reusable water bottle for out and about.
- Heavy duty gloves (we’ll provide thin ones but strong gardening-type gloves are key).
- Camera (we have an awesome photo comp…).
- Camping gear: tent, sleeping bags, camping mattresses, torch and spare batteries etc (remember Tucks Bay has no power).
- Surfboards, dive gear, fishing gear, bicycles etc for your own missions on Sunday.
- If you want to drive to a clean-up location, please bring a tarpaulin for your boot or tie-downs for your roof-rack to transport trash!
Schedule for Saturday
We’ll be sending volunteers out on foot, by car and by boat to remove trash from the stunning beaches and islands of the region. Boat providers: please refer to section below for specific instructions.
All volunteers meet at Tucks Bay for welcome and event briefing as to where and how you will be picking up trash.
Volunteers on boats: go to Long Bay Boat Ramp to board your vessel!
Volunteers in cars: collect clean-up gear and drive to an allocated location.
Boats carrying volunteers to depart from Long Bay Motor Camp.
All volunteers return to Tucks Bay along with their trash. Boats return to barge drop-off point (marked on charts). Cars return to Tucks Bay drop-off point. Downtime and camping set-up for those who arrived today.
5.00 – 10.00pm
BBQ celebration at Tucks Bay with food, music and spot prizes. Bring a gold coin donation for food. Bring your own drinks. Remember the gates at Long Bay Motor Camp close at 10.30pm so if you’re not staying the night, please move your car before then. Sober drivers please! If you blow a tyre and are running late, call Event Director Sam Judd on 021 058 9349.
Instructions for boat owners
Tune-in to Channel 62 when you arrive in the area, this will be our operational channel throughout the event.
- The contact vessel is GOOD SOLUTIONS on Channel 62.
- Coastguard will be in attendance through ASB rescue and will take trip reports on Channel 62 (Please have your call-sign ready and advise ASB that you are in the Coastal Clean-up).
- We’ll be holding a BBQ for boaties on Friday night from 6pm either at Woolshed Bay in Coromandel Harbour or Te Kouma Harbour. Listen to Channel 62 for confirmation of location ‘Great Coromandel Coastal Clean-up’.
- Mike Good from Burnsco will be on site to give a briefing to those boat owners that can make the Friday night BBQ.
- On Saturday morning boats should moor as close as possible to Tucks Bay to enable the pick up of volunteers from 9am.
- Rubbish sacks, boaties packs and information for boat teams available from GOOD SOLUTIONS channel 62.
- There will be a barge at Tucks Bay for rubbish drop-offs on Saturday afternoon.
- Celebration on Saturday night will be at Tucks Bay unless weather prevents boaties access. Listen to Channel 62 for updates.
- All boat owners must carry enough lifejackets for all crew and volunteers in accordance with Maritime safety regulations.
Any further questions regarding boats participating in the event please contact Mike Good on 021 663 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans for Sunday…
There are no plans… This day is free for everyone to explore beautiful Coromandel Town and the surrounding region. There are plenty of epic things to see and do: check out some ideas for attractions, activities, beaches and walks. A few of our favourites:
- Delicious mussels at the Coromandel Smoking Co.
- Cafe, art gallery, bookstore and railroad tour at the Driving Creek Railway.
- Great coffee at The Chai Tea House.
- The famous 309 drive and Kauri Grove walk.
- Sunday lunch or dinner at the Pepper Tree.
- Mission over the hill to Whangapoua and New Chums Bay (keep an eye on the weather for waves too…).
Anyone who doesn’t have to (or doesn’t want to) work on Monday is welcome to stick around to help out with our big schools’ day. Come and talk to members of our team during the event, or call Sam Judd on 021 058 9349 to express your interest.
Tucks Bay camp and event base
Our event base at Tucks Bay is part of Long Bay Motor Camp. Tucks Bay will also be the venue for a post-event barbecue and celebration on Saturday evening after the clean-up. Check it out on a Google Map or check out our fly-in movie to really get a feel for the location…
Everyone who is registered for the event has a space for camping, but you’ll still need to check-in and pay at the campground office when you arrive ($10 / night for adults, $5 / night for kids). From the office at Long Bay, Tucks Bay is a two-minute drive over the gravel road or a 5-10 minute walk around the coastal path.
Tucks Bay has running water and composting toilets and while we will have a generator for some lighting we remind you there is no power, so please bring a torch! Kitchen, toilet and shower blocks – as well as the public boat ramp – are located back in Long Bay where there is power. Bring 50 cent coins for hot showers.
Of course you don’t have to stay here to be a part of the event. Cabins and caravans are available at Long Bay Motor Camp and you can find other nearby accommodation options here.
We’re encouraging as many people as possible to make their own way to Coromandel Town and Tucks Bay on Friday night so we can get going on clean-up activities on Saturday morning.
There is a regular 360 Discovery ferry sailing departing Auckland at 6pm on Friday the 1st of April, and a sailing leaving Coromandel (from Te Kouma) at 4.30pm on Sunday the 3rd. Booking these trips will give you the full day on Saturday for the clean-up and Sunday to explore the town and surrounding area. Plus you are very likely to see dolphins on the way! See the 360 Discovery Coromandel page for full timetable and fare details. There is a free bus service from the wharf where the ferry arrives at Hannaford’s Wharf to Long Bay Motor Camp.
For those who’d rather drive, it’s around a 2.5-hour trip from Auckland so get together a group of friends and car pool over for the weekend. Pass through Thames and take the coastal road until you reach Coromandel Town and head north around the coast to Long Bay Motor Camp.
Make sure you get to Long Bay Motor Camp office before 10.30pm: after this the campground gates and office will be closed for the evening.
Weʼre holding a competition for the best shots from the event. Just bring along your camera and send your best pics to us at email@example.com. Check out some previous winners here and here.
We’ve got a whole heap of awesome prizes, including a sweet camera from Sony, sunnies from Arnette, and an epic, massive canvas print donated by local photographer and photo comp judge Kevin Richards.
Questions or offers of help?
Contact Sam Judd on 021 058 9349, call our office on 09 948 8454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org