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Alcohol restrictions in public places

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Find out about the alcohol restrictions that apply to public places in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Year Round Restrictions Restriction Maps Temporary Alcohol Restrictions Alcohol Restrictions Bylaw

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 Christmas, New Years, Winter Festival and Crate Day:

  • 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.   

  • Crate Day - from 12.00am to 12.00am on the following day for the public areas which is defined via 'alcohol restriction maps' section on this page.

Anyone found drinking within the restricted zones during an alcohol ban period may be fined $250. 

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

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 Saturday 25 December to 6:00am Monday 27 December 2021.

The ordinary alcohol restrictions still apply from 8:00pm on Friday 24 December until 8:00am on 25 December, and from 6:00am Monday 27 December 2021 until 6:00am Thursday 6 January 2022.

The temporary alcohol restriction will include the following areas for Queenstown:

  1. the whole of the Lake Wakatipu foreshore area from the One Mile roundabout to Park Street including the Queenstown Gardens;

  2. 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

  3. Queenstown Recreation Reserve adjacent to the Memorial Centre.

The temporary alcohol restriction will include the following areas for Wanaka:

  1. the whole of the Lake Wanaka foreshore area from Sunrise Bay/Edgewater to Penrith Park

  2. 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.

Please note: there are additional year round bans for Christmas and New Years as seen in the 'year round restrictions' section of this page.


Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw 2018

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