Police report only minor problems at Queenstown Bay Dreams event

by Peter Newport - Jan 06, 2024

In spite of over 8,000 people attending the Bay Dreams event in Queenstown yesterday police say there were no major problems and only one arrest.

One man was arrested in relation to a minor assault.

He was released later with a formal warning.

A second man was assaulted at the front of the crowd at some point.

He wasn’t able to identify who was responsible. He was checked over at the medical tent.

There were six instances where Police had to assist security in removing attendees from the festival, for intoxication/disorderly behaviour.

It looks as though the event organisers managed to avoid major traffic disruption by using a fleet of 30 charter buses from Wānaka, Cromwell, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes and the Queensotwn CBD.

Crux readers reported traffic delays around the event but there was no need for any of the contingency measures in the event Traffic Management Plan to be brought into play.

The event organisers have declined to say if any event or facility fee was paid to the Queenstown Lakes District Council, saying that information is commercially sensitive.

It is understood the Bay Dreams event has secured a multi year deal to host further events at the Queenstown Events Centre location.

The Bay Dreams South Island event was previously held in Nelson. 



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