Top ways to celebrate New Year's in New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most special places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
That’s because it’s the first country to see the new sun – and therefore the first spot to enjoy the rays of the first sunrise of the new year.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending the event in New Zealand, here are a few of the top ways to see in the New Year!
Watch the fireworks in Auckland
Fireworks are synonymous with celebration, and watching them shoot off the top of Auckland’s most iconic structure (the Sky Tower) is something truly special indeed.
You’ll be able to spot them from just about anywhere near the central city, but one of the best places is simply any of the streets surrounding the structure. From here, you’ll get a great view of the spectacular lights, but you’ll also enjoy a real carnival atmosphere as thousands of people fill the streets to watch the show.
Go camping anywhere
Beaches, mountains, open plains – New Zealand is a country of endless gorgeous campgrounds and it doesn’t take much to find a great spot to pitch a tent.
The warm weather at this time of year makes it easy to spend time outdoors, and it’s a truly special occasion for anyone who has never experienced a summery Christmas before. Look for campgrounds if you’re after a few handy amenities, or get off the beaten track for a more remote experience.
Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne
New Zealand may be the first country to see the first sunrise of the new year, but out of the entire country, Gisborne is the first city to experience it. That’s because this town is the easternmost city in the country, and its beachy, fun-loving atmosphere makes it a great spot to celebrate.
Camp out amongst the vineyards and listen to some of New Zealand’s and the world’s top musicians at this epic New Year’s festival.
Rhythm and Alps in Cardrona Valley
Rhythm and Alps is the South Island’s answer to Rhythm and Vines. While the Gisborne event is set amongst vineyards and coastline views, this version is found amongst the spectacular rugged mountain scenery between Queenstown and Wanaka.
This event also promises many fantastic musical performances, and the chance to camp out in some of the country’s most gorgeous scenery for a break from real life with friends and family.
Frank Kitts Park event in Wellington
Wellington’s Frank Kitts Park hosts an evening of films, music and fireworks every year from 8pm onwards. This one is especially good for families as there is a fireworks show at 9.45pm for the kids, followed by another one at midnight for the adults. The entire event is free and a great way to get out and enjoy the community atmosphere!
No matter where you are in the country, there will always be a number of fun community events you can join to celebrate the New Year. Have a fantastic evening and all the best for 2017 from the team at Habitat Tours.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist