A group of friends have reached peak Kiwi ingenuity - spending New Year's Eve building a sandcastle in the Tairua estuary in order to avoid a liquor ban.
The Coromandel-wide ban, which has been instated for the holiday period, didn't stop the group from welcoming 2018 their own way.
Upon building their sandcastle - fully decked out with a picnic table and chilli bin - the group enjoyed a few beers together as the final hours of the year drew to a close.
It's reported members of the group said the liquor ban didn't apply to them, as they were drinking "in international waters".
Reminiscing on the time rebellious Coromandel natives started Radio Hauraki, Thames Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie couldn't help being impressed.
"That's the one thing I absolutely love about the Coromandel," she said. "The inventive nature of people.
"It's about the creativity, the legal reality is somewhat different."
Waikato eastern area commander Insp John Kelly said police weren't even aware of the group's escapades.
"That's creative thinking," he said. "If I had known that, I probably would've joined them."