Liquor ban areas

It is an offence to consume or carry opened alcohol in an alcohol ban area. This does not apply to:

  • Private property in the liquor ban area.
  • Liquor being carried in un-opened containers from an off-license and/or a supermarket.
  • Liquor being carried in un-opened containers through the liquor ban area.
  • To areas and private property outside the liquor ban area.

Where do these rules come from?

The rules for this enforcement are outlined in the Waitaki Liquor Ban Bylaw 2018(PDF, 2MB)  .

The purpose of the bylaw is to protect the community and improve safety. The Police have powers to enforce the bylaw, which include powers of arrest and search. 

Any breach of the Waitaki Liquor Ban Bylaw 2018(PDF, 2MB) is an offence under the Local Government Act 2002.  Any person who breaches the bylaw may be liable on summary conviction to a fine.

Liquor ban  areas

There are currently three areas in the District that have enforced liquor bans.  All prohibited areas are shown as shaded in red on maps.


Temporary Labour weekend Alcohol Ban – Otematata

An alcohol ban will be in force in Otematata from 5pm, Friday 22 October 2021 until 12am Tuesday 26 October 2021.

The alcohol ban area shown on the map below extends from the north side of Wildlife campground along both sides of, and including, Loch Laird Road to Loch Laird, including Loch Laird peninsula and the upper terrace of the Loch Laird campground but excluding the lower terrace Loch Laird camping area.

Otematata Liquor Ban Map

 The alcohol ban in this notice was made by Council resolution in accordance with Council’s Liquor Ban Bylaw.



The liquor ban hours for  Omarama are from Labour weekend (9pm Friday 19 October 2018) until Queen's Birthday weekend (6am Monday 3 June 2019).

The liquor ban area shown on the map covers the township of Omarama within the100km speed limit signs.

Omarama Liquor Ban area


Oamaru has a liquor ban that covers most of the business district 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Oamaru Liquor Ban areas