Police say high levels of intoxication and drink driving marred what was an otherwise well organised and well run Kaikoura Seafest at the weekend.
Tasman District Commander Superintendent Richard Chambers says police acted early to hold people to account for disorderly behaviour and as a result there were no serious incidents.
However he is disappointed at the high levels of drunkenness police encountered.
Superintendent Chambers says the problem appeared to be people pre-loading, with police staff ending up babysitting a number of people who were no longer capable of looking after themselves.
22 people were arrested for a range of offences including disorderly behaviour, fighting, assaulting police, liquor ban breaches and possession of methamphetamine.
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