Recent damage to the land at Whakaipo Bay
Image: Michael Fraser | DOC


DOC rangers and Taupō Police are increasing patrols at Whakaipo Bay, Taupō, following a spate of damaging off-road driving.

Date:  28 August 2023

DOC Taupō Operations Manager Dave Lumley says off-roaders need to understand this behaviour is unacceptable to the community.

“We’ve had complaints from hapū, from overnight campers, from day-visitors – all concerned that this beautiful place is being destroyed.”

“The erosion and mud are an eyesore, and the noise is stopping visitors from enjoying what is a usually peaceful bay.”

DOC and police are working together to keep Whakaipo Bay the special place that locals know it to be.

“DOC compliance officers and police will have a more regular presence at the bay, and we’ll be working together to apprehend those responsible for the damage.”

It is an offence under the Reserves Act 1977 to willfully cause damage to part of a reserve.

Those convicted are liable for a fine of up to $100,000 or up to one year in prison.

Off-roading behaviour at Whakaipo bay can be reported to 0800 DOCHOT (0800 362 468).


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