Police warn of liquor ban

Queenstown police warn people breaking the liquor ban in the resort over the new year holiday will be fined instantly and underage drinkers will attract police attention.

Visitors have flocked to the resort since Friday and police have focused their attention on people drinking in the central business district.

Sergeant Kate Pirovano said some visitors were choosing to ignore liquor-ban signs around the resort.''

They can't claim they haven't seen the bright neon signs when driving into town. There is no excuse for people to drink in a public place,'' she said. However, behaviour had been ''pretty good'' so far.


Queenstown incidents since Friday

New Zealand man (23) charged with disorderly behaviour after allegedly abusing bar staff at 1am on Saturday.

Three New Zealand men, a South African and a man from the Middle East arrested and charged with fighting after one of the men allegedly verbally insulted another on Saturday at 1.50am.

A 28-year-old Irish man charged with offensive behaviour after allegedly urinating at a bar at 4am on Saturday.

Police inquiring into damage to Reavers Lodge allegedly caused by two New Zealand women on Friday.

A 21-year-old New Zealand man arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour at 7.30pm on Saturday at Queenstown Lakes Holiday Park.

Three New Zealand men and one international visitor arrested for allegedly fighting on Queenstown Mall on Saturday night. Dunedin man (18) picked up by police from accommodation after being found unconscious and intoxicated in a locked shower. He spent the night at Queenstown police station. Uruguayan man (20) arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and utensils at 1am yesterday at Queenstown Lakes Holiday Park.

Police investigating fight between a group of Wellington men and a group of men reportedly from the Middle East early yesterday. Police seeking witnesses to the incident on Rees and Shotover Sts.