The festive atmosphere is getting a helping hand with liquor bans coming to some of the more popular spots in the district.
On Christmas Eve New Plymouth’s CBD liquor ban will start two hours earlier than usual, at 5.00pm, and will end at 7.00am the next day.
Ten premises have a special licence to stay open until 1.00am on Christmas Day, with all others closing at midnight.
On New Year’s Eve the CBD liquor ban will revert to the usual hours of 7.00pm to 7.00am.
Ten premises have a special licence to stay open until 5.00am on New Year’s Day (although operating a one-way door policy from 3.00am), with all others closing at 3.00am.
Also on New Year’s Eve, liquor bans will be in place at Oakura and Urenui beaches.
“These are popular gathering points for New Year’s Eve celebrations and we want them to remain safe so that people of all ages can enjoy the evening,” says Manager Customer and Regulatory Services Simon Pickford.
“Just like last year we’ll have checkpoints for alcohol to stop any being brought into the beach areas during the ban.”
The liquor ban at Oakura and Urenui beaches will start at 2.00pm on New Year’s Eve and end at 2.00am on New Year’s Day.
Checkpoints for alcohol will be on Wairau Road and Messenger Terrace in Oakura, and at the boat wash in Urenui.
Mr Pickford reminds the public that Pukekura Park is a liquor control area during the TSB Bank Festival of Lights, including on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
“On New Year’s Eve the five-piece Wellington band Hobnail Boots will be playing on the Hatchery Lawn from 8.00pm to 9.30pm and people will be able to enjoy a few drinks there, but anywhere else in the park that evening will be a liquor-free zone,” he says.
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