A total of 24 arrests were made in Queenstown between 5pm on
New Year's Eve and 7am on New Year's Day.
Senior Sergeant John Fookes, of Queenstown, said the arrests
were predominantly for disorderly behaviour, intoxication,
drink-driving and breach of the liquor ban and the number was
''certainly within the range we would expect''.
Despite the intoxication level being ''pretty high'' Snr Sgt
Fookes said the crowd, a mix of internal and overseas
tourists, ''was actually pretty well-natured''. Senior
Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said ordinarily 10
police officers of various ranks would be on duty, but nearly
70 were working on New Year's Eve, including 45 out-of-town
A Christchurch man was arrested and charged with possession
of cannabis for supply.
Snr Const Blackford said when police searched a parked
vehicle on Park St they found ''a large quantity'' of
cannabis, plastic ziplock bags and a ''large amount of
The man was bailed to a Christchurch address to appear in the
Queenstown District Court on January 7. Snr Const Blackford
said eight people ''were brought to the station because they
were drunk to an extent where they could not look after
themselves''. There were numerous breaches of the 24-hour
liquor ban that runs from December 27 to January 6 each year.
A 21-year-old Christchurch man was arrested in relation to
disorderly behaviour on Beach St at 3.15am, and a 27-year-old
Dunedin man was arrested in relation to disorderly behaviour
on Brecon St at 3.31am.
A 19-year-old Arrowtown man was arrested for disorderly
behaviour on Camp St at 4.35am. Revellers were generally
well-behaved in North Otago, with hotels full but no
disorder-related arrests reported.
Detective Warren Duncan, of Oamaru, said temporary liquor
bans had been working well in the area, including Otematata
Police had escorted three groups of youngsters home to their
parents in Otematata on New Year's Eve after they had been
found in public places with alcohol, Det Duncan said.