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Mount Maunganui safety measures

As in previous years, there will be no organised public event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach.

Tauranga City Council, New Zealand Police and other key organisations will continue to work together to provide a safe environment for Tauranga’s residents and visitors on New Year’s Eve. 

  • We will implement safety measures that provide a safer environment on New Year’s Eve. 
  • You will find an increased Police and security presence in and around Mount Maunganui. 
  • Both Hopukiore (Mount Drury) and Moturiki (Leisure Island) will be fenced off and the beach will be well lit.

Alcohol-free areas

The permanent, 24/7 alcohol-free area in Mount Maunganui will be extended over the New Year period to include all public areas north of Hull Road and Tweed Street. Waiariki Street in Arataki will also become a 24/7 alcohol-free area. The extended alcohol-free area applies from 26 December 2019 until 6am 6 January 2020.

The permanent 9pm to 7am coastline alcohol free area in Papamoa and Mt Maunganui will be extended over the New Year period to 24/7.The extended alcohol-free area applies from midnight 26 December 2019 until 6am 6 January 2020.

No alcohol can be carried or consumed in this area while the temporary ban is in place. Police have the power to search for alcohol and issue a fine.

Alcohol free areas

Road closures

Marine Parade nightly closures

Marine Parade, between Adams and Pacific Avenues, will be closed on 30 December 2019 and 1 and 3 January 2020, each night from 8pm to 6am the following morning.

New Year’s Eve traffic management

There will be no road closures in place on New Year’s Eve, and Marine Parade will remain open overnight. Temporary ‘No parking - tow away zones’ will be in place on Marine Parade, between Adams Avenue and Pacific Avenue, from 6am on 31 December 2019 until 8am on 1 January 2020. 

Additionally, traffic management on New Year’s Eve will include turning restrictions at key Mount Maunganui roads: Commons, Grace, Pacific and Banks Avenues. 

There may be changes on the day if required, in consultation with NZ Police. 

Mount Maunganui New Year period road closures and alcohol free areas

Vehicle passes

Vehicle passes for the Mount Maunganui area are not required again this year due to the reduced road closure area. Access through the road closure area will be restricted to residents and contractors only.


Bayhopper buses will run normal services throughout the day on New Year’s Eve.

Find out more information on buses



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