New Zealand: Vehicles to be banned from Northland's most expensive beach
Vehicles will be banned from Northland's most expensive beach to protect pedestrians and sand dunes from joyriders taking tractors and SUVs out for a spin.
Whangarei District Council says there has been increasing community concern about pedestrian safety at Langs Beach, a small settlement 90 minutes north of Auckland, where houses fetch millions of dollars.
The council's ban on cars from the main north-west stretch of the beach will come into force on 18 October in time for Labour Weekend when the population swells.
Northland Regional councillor and dune restoration volunteer, Rick Stolwerk, said vehicles had become a problem on the popular beach where bollards had been installed to stop people driving over the dunes.