To encourage a safe and welcoming environment in our public places there are alcohol bans in certain areas of Christchurch. These help to reduce the negative impacts that drinking alcohol has in some public places.
They also provide the Police with an appropriate tool for dealing with the antisocial behaviour caused by drinking alcohol with the overall focus on ensuring our communities are kept safe.
You may be able to open a bottle of wine at a picnic, but not in the alcohol ban areas and/or not during the times that may be specified for that alcohol ban area.Some areas only have a limited ban on alcohol.
Outside cafe tables are covered by the alcohol licence for the premises. If the area is a licensed premises under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and is operating within the hours permitted by the licence, drinking at outside tables is allowed.
A list of all current alcohol ban areas is below. If you are uncertain, err on the side of caution.
|Alcohol ban area||The alcohol ban is:|
|Central City||At all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Jellie Park||At all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Linwood Village area||Temporary alcohol ban area for 6 months - at all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Hagley Park and environs||10pm to 7am every day|
|South Colombo||At all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|New Brighton Mall and surrounds||At all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Sumner Esplanade||From 7pm each Thursday night until midnight at the end of each Sunday night|
|Spencer Park||New Year's Eve only: 8.30pm on 31 December to 6am on 1 January each year|
|Akaroa||New Year's Eve only: 5pm on 31 December to 7am on 1 January each year|
|Riccarton/Ilam||At all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Merivale||Seven nights a week from 6pm to 6am|
|Papanui||Seven nights a week from 6pm to 6am|
|Okains Bay||New Year's Eve only: 5pm on 31 December to 7am on 1 January each year|
|Addington||Addington NZ Trotting Cup Day only: from 9am to 10pm, second Tuesday of November each year|
Alcohol can be carried through the alcohol ban areas provided the container is unopened, when being transported
The aim of the bylaw is to prevent the undesirable behaviour of a small section of the community who drink in public.
For more information and maps of alcohol ban areas please refer to the Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw 2009.
On 11 April 2019, the Christchurch City Council approved a temporary alcohol ban for rugby league playing fields and adjacent car parks(external link), changing areas and children’s play areas.
The alcohol ban applies only when the fields are in use for rugby league. Between 3pm to 8.30pm Monday to Friday nights and between 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday of each week until 31 August 2019.
(Sections 147 of the Local Government Act 2002)
The Council has banned the drinking of alcohol in a number of streets and parks.
The Police enforce these bans. There are few exceptions and these apply to alcohol containers that remain unopened in the alcohol ban area:
In both circumstances the container must be unopened and the alcohol must be promptly removed from the alcohol ban area.