Alcohol Ban

Alcohol Ban Bylaw

Following consultation with the community the Queenstown Lakes District Council adopted a new Alcohol Ban Bylaw, which came into force on 22 December 2014.

The ban covers Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Lake Hawea between 10:00pm and 6:00am every day.

24 hour alcohol bans are put in place during Christmas and New Year from 6:00am, 27 December to 6:00am, 6 January the following year.

They also apply during Winter Festival from 6:00 am on the opening day of the festival to 6:00am the day after the last day of the festival.

Please note that a breach of the alcohol ban area is an offence and an infringement notice may be issued ($250).

The ban prohibits:

(i) The consumption of alcohol in any Specified Public Place during any Specified Period;

(ii) The possession of alcohol in any Specified Public Place during any Specified Period;

(iii) The bringing of alcohol into any Specified Public Place during any Specified Period; and

(iv) The consumption and possession of alcohol in a vehicle in any Specified Public Place during any Specified Period.

Full details of the rules can be seen in the Alcohol Ban Bylaw, and the areas included can be seen on the maps

Temporary Alcohol Ban

Following Council resolution, an amendment to the current Alcohol Ban Bylaw now sees the introduction of a Temporary Alcohol Ban which will now include the Memorial Centre Recreation Reserve and will be in place from 10:00pm Friday 1 December to 8:00am Monday 4 December.

The ordinary alcohol ban still applies from 10:00pm each night until 8:00am the following day.

The temporary alcohol ban will include the following areas:
a) - the foreshore of Lake Wakatipu from One Mile roundabout to Park Street including the Queenstown Gardens
b) - 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.
c) - Queenstown Recreation Reserve adjacent to the Memorial Centre.

Click here to see what areas are included in the temporary alcohol ban (556KB)


Alcohol Ban Zones

→ View Interactive Map

For further information please see the Alcohol Ban Bylaw 2014 (PDF, 1.01MB).