There are alcohol-free areas in Tauranga where you can not carry or consume alcohol in public places.
Tauranga has a mix of permanent and temporary alcohol-free areas. That means you can not carry or consume alcohol when you are in these areas. However, sealed or unopened alcohol can be transported within alcohol-free areas, e.g. you can purchase alcohol in an alcohol-free area and carry it to your car or house.
Permanent and temporary alcohol-free areas are signposted, but if you are unsure where an area begins and ends, please refer to the maps below.
The following areas operate at all times (24 hours a day, seven days a week):
- Tauranga city centre
- Mount Maunganui, including the main beach but excluding Pilot Bay
- Memorial Park
- Merivale shops and surrounding streets, including Surrey Grove Reserve and Merivale Community Centre
- Waitaha Reserve, including Welcome Bay Hall
- Arataki Park
- Greerton Village, including Liston Park
- Topaz Drive Reserve and part of Domain Road and Gravatt Road
- Brookfield Shopping Centre and surrounding streets.
The following areas operate between 9pm and 7am every day:
- All beaches, reserves and public places on the seaward side of Papamoa Beach Road, Taylor Road, Motiti Road and Karewa Parade.
- Waiariki Street, Mount Maunganui.
During the New Year period (26 December to 6am 6 January inclusive), the alcohol-free areas in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa are extended.
New Year period and temporary alcohol-free areas
Permanent alcohol-free areas
Arataki Park permanent alcohol-free area (127kb pdf) Brookfield permanent alcohol-free area (72kb pdf)
Greerton permanent alcohol-free area(127kb pdf) Memorial Park permamanent alcohol-free area(72kb pdf)
Merivale permanent alcohol-free area(127kb pdf) Mount Maunganui permanent alcohol-free area(72kb pdf)
Papamoa permanent alcohol-free area (127kb pdf) Tauranga CBD permanent alcohol-free area (72kb pdf)
Waitaha Reserve and Welcome Bay Hall permanent alcohol-free area (143kb pdf)
Why are there alcohol-free areas?
Alcohol-free areas help manage drinking in public places. The areas have been identified as locations where alcohol has caused or is likely to cause alcohol-related crime or disorder. A small number of areas were introduced in Tauranga in 2004. Since then, more areas have been added as and when the need arises.
Members of the community are able to suggest alcohol-free areas to council. We investigate the suggestions to see if there is evidence of crime and disorder that has been caused or made worse by alcohol consumption. If we find that an alcohol ban may help improve behaviour in an area, we will put one in place.
Rights and responsibilities in an alcohol-free area
Under section 147 of the Local Government Act 2002, the police enforce alcohol-free areas. The only exception applies to alcohol containers that remain unopened in the alcohol-free area.
- If the alcohol is legally purchased, then transported through the alcohol-free area (e.g. for consumption at home or at a friend or relative’s residence who lives either in or next to the alcohol-free area).
- If an alcohol store (either bottle shop or bar) is carrying out its normal operations (e.g. sales or stock deliveries).
In both circumstances, the container must be sealed and the alcohol must be promptly removed from the alcohol-free area.
Alcohol at your event
If you are planning an event in an alcohol-free area and you want to celebrate with a toast, please fill out the application for dispensation from an alcohol-free area form below and email it to email@example.com
Please note: between 26 December and 6am 6 January (inclusive) there are additional areas around the city that are included within the alcohol-free areas. Refer to our New Year period and temporary alcohol-free areas.
Police powers of arrest, search and seizure
(Sections 147, 169 and 170 of the Local Government Act 2002)
Police may search and seize, without warrant, any container (e.g. bag, case, package or parcel) a person is carrying in an alcohol-free area as well as any vehicle that is in, or entering, an alcohol-free area.
Police may also arrest any person found to be committing an offence, including refusing to comply by leaving the alcohol-free area or surrendering any alcohol in their possession.
A police constable may issue an infringement notice (fine).
The fine may be issued:
- instantly (without arrest)
- following an arrest for breaching the alcohol ban
- by post, after the breach has occurred.
Alcohol Control Bylaw 2018 (3.8mb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 18/12/2020