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What you need to know for New Year’s Eve in Tauranga

New Year’s Eve in Tauranga

Welcome 2018 with a night of family-friendly events and fireworks. Tauranga’s residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the start of the New Year at Council’s community celebrations in the city centre and in Papamoa.

Events taking place on New Year’s Eve 

Tauranga City Council focuses on measures that enhance a safe environment on New Year’s Eve and will no longer offer an organised event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach.


Tauranga will welcome the new year with fireworks and a special kid's countdown at 9.30pm for little ones who can't make it to midnight. New Year’s Eve fireworks will also be seen at midnight from across the city and residents and visitors are invited to watch them from their deck or backyard, ideally from a slightly elevated point.

The first fireworks to light up the sky will be at the family-friendly time of 9.30pm at the Tauranga waterfront and at Gordon Spratt Reserve.

There will be no fireworks display at Mount Maunganui.

Road closures

Mount Maunganui on New Year's Eve

A temporary one-way system will be established on the morning of Sunday, 31 December in a clockwise direction from Salisbury Ave along The Mall, Adams Avenue and Marine Parade. To support the one-way system there will be turning restrictions at key Mount Maunganui peninsula roads. Only Prince Ave between Victoria Road and Maunganui Road will be fully closed with managed residents access only. No additional road closures are expected in order to minimise disruption to residents, but there may be changes on the day if required in consultation with NZ Police. All affected roads will be open by 8am on 1 January, but could be opened earlier if it is safe to do so.

Temporary ‘No parking - tow away zones’ will be in place on Marine Parade between Adams Avenue and Pacific Avenue from 6am on 31 December 2017 until 8am on 1 January 2018. 

Marine Parade nightly road closure

Marine Parade, between Adams and Pacific Avenues, will be closed each night between the hours of 8pm and 6am from 26 December 2017 until 6 January 2018. The intersections of Commons Avenue and Marine Parade, as well as Grace Avenue and Marine Parade, will be closed to vehicle traffic during the day and night for these two weeks as in previous years. Vehicle passes for the Mount Maunganui area are not required, however access through the closed area is restricted to residents only.

On New Year’s Eve the one-way system will operate.

Mount Maunganui road closure

Tauranga CBD

A full road closure will be in place from 2pm, 31 December 2017 to 2am, 1 January 2018 on The Strand, from Devonport Road roundabout down to Harington Street roundabout to ensure a safe event. Both roundabouts will be open to allow traffic flows. There will be no access to The Strand via Hamilton and Wharf Streets. Parking on The Strand will be restricted from 6am on 31 December 2017 until 8am on 1 January 2018 on The Strand. Parking buildings and off-street car parks are free on the day and open 24/7.

The Strand road closure

Vehicle passes

Vehicle passes for the Mount Maunganui area are not required, however access through the closed area is restricted to residents only.

Alcohol-free zones

Mount Maunganui

The temporary alcohol-free zone at Mount Maunganui has been extended. The 24-hours-a-day alcohol-free zone in Mount Maunganui from 26 December 2017 until 6am 6 January 2018 expands to include all public areas north of Hull Road and Tweed Street. It will also include Waiariki Street in Arataki.

Mount Maunganui alcohol-free zone

Tauranga CBD

The Strand is a permanent alcohol- and glass-free zone, 24 hours a day, 7 hours a week.

Tauranga CBD alcohol-free zone

Papamoa - Gordon Spratt Reserve

Gordon Spratt Reserve is a permanent alcohol-free zone. To enhance safe community celebrations in Papamoa, the permanent alcohol-free zone has been extended to include Alice Way from 10am on Sunday, 31 December 2017 to 6am on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

Alcohol-free zone maps


Bayhopper buses will run normal weekend services on New Year’s Eve but there will be no free buses into or out of Mount Maunganui on the night. Normal services resume on New Year’s Day.

Information on regular bus services

Be prepared & bookmark this page

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Published: Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 10:00 by Tauranga City Council

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