If you still haven't figured out what you're getting up to welcome the New Year in, there are plenty of events about to start in Tauranga.
Tauranga will welcome the New Year with midnight fireworks, launched from several locations across the city. Residents and visitors are invited to watch them from their deck or backyard, ideally from a slightly elevated point.
If you’re in the CBD to greet 2019, head to the Tauranga Waterfront from 6pm to enjoy food stalls, roving performers, live music and even a visit from Batman and the Batmobile.
At 9.30pm the sky will be lit with a fireworks display. Water refill stations will be onsite for you to fill drink bottles.
Papamoa will say ‘Hi’ to the New Year at Gordon Spratt Reserve with a family-friendly event from 6pm-9.30pm. Three will be kids’ rides, music, games, roving performers, street food, pony rides and a petting zoo, which will be available until 8.30pm. The evening will be topped off with fireworks at 9.30pm.
Finally, Matua will see in 2019 with an event for family, friends and neighbours at Fergusson Park from 6pm. There will be early-evening entertainment with Batman and characters from the movie ‘Frozen’ wandering around to greet children. Plus there will be street food and a fireworks display at 9.30pm.
There will again be no organised event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach on New Year’s Eve. Moturiki Island and Mount Drury will be out of bounds.
The permanent, 24/7 alcohol-free area in Mount Maunganui will be extended over the New Year period to include all public areas north of Hull Road and Tweed Street. Waiariki Street in Arataki will also become a 24/7 alcohol-free area. The extended alcohol-free area applies from 26 December 2018 until 6am 6 January 2019.
The Strand in Tauranga’s CBD is an alcohol and glass-free zone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The permanent 9pm to 7am alcohol free area in Papamoa will be extended over the New Year period to 24/7. The extended alcohol-free area applies from midnight 26 December 2018 until 6am on 6 January 2019.
To enhance safe community celebrations in Papamoa and Matua, temporary alcohol-free areas will be put in place.
Gordon Spratt Reserve (including Alice Way and Parton Road between Papamoa Beach and Tara Roads) will become a temporary alcohol-free area from 10am on Monday, 31 December 2018 to 6am on Thursday, 3 January 2019.
Fergusson Park in Matua will become a temporary alcohol-free area from 10am on Monday, 31 December 2018 to 6am on Tuesday, 1 January 2019.
No alcohol can be carried or consumed in this area while the temporary ban is in place. Police have the power to search for alcohol and issue a fine.