Intoxicated revellers in Wellington's Courtenay Place will soon have a place to seek refuge if they party too hard.
A Wellington trust, with help from the police and local bars, is working to make an alcohol 'safe zone' in the centre of the city.
The area outside the Opera House is expected to open on November 4. It will have bean bags, a place to charge cell phones, water and a hand to help.
Vulnerable Support Charitable Trust board member Paul Retimanu said it would give people who had been turned away from bars a place to go, instead of "kicking them to the curb".
The trust did not want to be the "fun police", but did want to make nights out in Wellington safer.
"We want to be this fun place, and go out there and say, 'Have a good time', but we're here to help," Retimanu said.
A $50,000 grant from the Wellington City Council would help them get a pilot over the line for the first six months.
They had also received $10,000 from Countdown supermarkets and $8,000 from the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.
Wellington city councillor Brian Dawson said he had never felt unsafe walking home along Courtenay Place, but some people on a night out there took partying "too far".
How much people drank before they left home was the real concern, rather than what was happening in the bars, he said.
Safe zone volunteers would help get people home, instead of police resources being poured into that.
Dawson said similar concepts for Wellington had been discussed for about five years, and they were grateful to the trust for their work.
Inner-City Wellington spokeswoman Sarah Webb said most people didn't go out planning for things to take a turn for the worse.
Wellington's safe zone was similar to a concept seen in Auckland, and a proven way to keep people safe.
"We're totally for anything that provides a safer city," Webb said.
"People get separated from their friends and become very vulnerable ... the police can't help everyone."
Wellington's Local Hosts were already brilliant at helping vulnerable people, she said.
Victoria University Students Association (VUWSA) president Rory Lenihan-Ikin said they ran similar zones on campus for their Orientation Week events, which worked well for young people to "have a breather".
"Having this space replicated in town will be great for young people."
Incoming VUWSA president for 2018, Marlon Drake, said one of his campaign ideas was to create a safe zone in town for Orientation Week.
It would make sure students were being looked out for, for the whole night, and not just at university events, he said.
"Knowing that if you're out drinking and there's a space where you can charge your phone to call a mate, or someone to get you home if you need it, will contribute to a safer partying culture in Wellington for sure."
One of Wellington mayor Justin Lester's election promises was to establish New Zealand's first Wet House for alcoholics and drunks in Wellington.
A council spokesperson said there was no update on their plans on Wednesday.