News from Tauranga City Council
Due to poor weather, the New Year’s Eve event planned for the Mount Maunganui Main Beach is cancelled. Fireworks will still be let off on the Tauranga side of the bridge – head to a vantage point around the Waikareao Estuary for the best view.
The cancellation is primarily based on safety. The high onshore winds and exposed weather at the event site mean we cannot safely erect the stages required to put on the entertainment. As the weather is forecast to remain poor this situation is unlikely to change.
Road closures are still in place.
The roads north of Banks and Salisbury Avenues in Mount Maunganui will still be closed from 2pm on New Year’s Day. This is to help regulate the heavy traffic that is still likely and to help monitor the liquor-free zone. Bags will still be checked for alcohol at the road cordons and any alcohol found will be confiscated. The liquor-free zones remain in place at all times.
Police will continue to monitor activity at the Mount as planned.
Park n Ride: There will not be a Park n Ride service operating on New Year’s Eve. However, there will still be a vehicle pass issuing station from 2pm on New Year’s Eve at the Park n Ride site at Waimarie Street (off Hewletts Road) for Mount residents or holidaymakers needing to get into the Mount. Before 2pm on New Year’s Eve vehicle passes can be obtained from the Beach Base at Mount Drury.
$15 buses: The Bayline Coaches NYE bus service to Mount Maunganui is also cancelled. People who have purchased bus tickets should return to the outlet where the ticket was purchased to arrange reimbursement or phone Bayline Coaches on 07 578 3113 and leave your contact details.
The Tauranga City Council apologises for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. We hope you have a safe and happy New Year.