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Did you know that only half of New Zealanders plan their night before they go out drinking. Be sure to plan how you are going to get home. Never walk home alone, especially when you’ve been drinking and your judgment’s impaired; and never ever drink and drive.

Getting your guests home

As a party host, it’s your responsibility to make sure your guests get home safely.

Top tips


The best way to let them know this is a priority for you is to talk about it at the start of the occasion. Once you know what their plans are you’ll be able to support them to get home in one piece:

  • Make sure there are enough designated drivers to get everyone home. If someone hasn’t made their own arrangements, pair them up with a sober driver early on.
  • If your guests drove, suggest they put their keys in your fruitbowl (not in the dodgy way!) at the start of the night so you can hang on to them if need be.
  • Know your local Dial-a-Driver number so you can get your guests and their cars back home.
  • Don’t let anyone leave alone. If they’re hell bent on walking, make sure someone you trust walks with them.
  • If there are groups of people heading in the same direction suggest they taxi or mini-van together, and when it’s time to go, arrange this for them.
  • If you’re moving large groups from one venue to another, book mini-vans or even a bus in advance. It’s safe and fun!
  • Get your guests to text you when they get home, so you know they’ve arrived safe and sound.

It’s a wrap!

Getting people home safely also means not letting them get so intoxicated that they can’t look after themselves. Bringing the party to an end while everyone’s still in a happy place is key. Here are some ideas to help you wrap things up:

  • Set expectations early by including a finish time on your invitations.
  • Stop offering alcohol and start offering tea, coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks only.
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Turn the music off or put "I will always love you" on repeat.
  • Start vacuuming and ask people to help you with the dishes.
  • Tell them the party’s over and that it’s time to go!
  • Call them taxis.
If you have doubts about someone’s ability to get home safely, suggest they stay over. That way you get help with the clean-up in the morning too!

Make sure someone you trust walks with them