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Alcohol restrictions in public places
Find out about the alcohol restrictions that apply to public places in the Queenstown Lakes District.
Year round alcohol restrictions
An alcohol ban is in place in parts of Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Wānaka and Lake Hāwea from 8.00pm - 8.00am every day.
A 24 hour ban also applies during the Christmas / New Year period and Winter Festival as follows:
Christmas / New Year period - from 6.00am, 27 December until 6.00am, 6 January the following year.
Winter Festival - from 6.00am on the opening day of the festival until 6.00am the day after the final day of the festival.
When an alcohol ban applies, you may not:
Drink or possess alcohol in any of the alcohol ban areas.
Drink or possess alcohol in a vehicle in any of the alcohol ban areas.
Temporary Alcohol Restrictions – Queenstown & Wanaka
In accordance with clause 1.11 of the Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw 2018, and section 147B of the Local Government Act 2002, a 48 hour temporary alcohol restriction will be in place in the Queenstown and Wanaka Town Centres.
The temporary restrictions will be in place from 8:00am Friday 25 December to 6:00am Sunday 27 December 2020.
The ordinary alcohol restrictions still apply from 8:00pm on Thursday 24 December until 8:00am on 25 December, and from 6:00am Sunday 27 December until 6:00am Wednesday 6 January 2021.
The temporary alcohol restriction will include the following areas for Queenstown:
- the whole of the Lake Wakatipu foreshore area from the One Mile roundabout to Park Street including the Queenstown Gardens;
- the area from the foreshore to an outer boundary formed by and including Lake Esplanade, Lake Street, Man Street, Memorial Street, Stanley Street, Coronation Drive, Park Street to the Lake Wakatipu foreshore area directly adjacent to Queenstown Gardens, Boundary Street
- Queenstown Recreation Reserve adjacent to the Memorial Centre.
The temporary alcohol restriction will include the following areas for Wanaka:
- the whole of the Lake Wanaka foreshore area from Sunrise Bay/Edgewater to Penrith Park
- the area from the foreshore to an outer boundary formed by and including Meadowstone Drive, Stone Street, Golf Course Road, Macpherson Street, State Highway 84 and Ardmore Street.
Crate Day 24 hour ban
A 24 hour alcohol ban applies from 12.00am on National Crate Day to 12.00 am on the following day for the public areas in Queenstown defined under the bylaw.
Anyone found drinking within the restricted zones during an alcohol ban period may be fined $250.