Bye, bye bar hop?
Pub crawl operators could be faced with tough new restrictions on boozy bar-to-bar tours if changes to Queenstown’s nuisance bylaw are approved.
Under the proposal, licensed tour operators could require a permit.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council could impose conditions, including the duration and times of operation, restrictions on group numbers and health, safety and hygiene requirements.
Sergeant Mark Gill said pub crawls ‘‘actively promote the consumption of alcohol’’.
Downtown QT and the Southern District Health Board also submitted in favour of the proposed changes.
Big Night Out’s Dexter Devlin accused the council of opting to address the bylaw to suit themselves.
He noted the police submission came ‘‘well after’’ the submissions period closed and after the council put the initial hearing off to a later date.
Chair of the hearing, Mayor Vanessa van Uden, said the council was following normal processes.
Devlin said police claims were ‘‘unfounded and unsubstantiated’’.
Van Uden said ‘‘there has been no manipulation of the process’’.
Results of the hearing would be put to a full council meeting in September.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Prime Minister John Key in Queenstown last week.