Best time to go to New Zealand

New Year's Eve 2024-2025

New Zealand is the second country in the world to welcome the New Year

Dates: late December–early January

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year fireworks in Auckland

If you celebrate the New Year in New Zealand, you'll be among the first people on the planet to greet its arrival! There are other advantages of being in New Zealand at the end of the year as well. New Year's Eve falls on summer, the best time for trekking and outdoor activities in the southern hemisphere. It's also the time for many summer music festivals, which will let you see the Paradise of the Pacific from a different angle.

New Year's Eve at SkyCity Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and on New Year's Eve, it offers the best fireworks display in the country. The colorful pyrotechnic show is launched from Auckland's Sky Tower over the picturesque Waitemata Harbor within a large NYE at SkyCity Auckland. Book a harbor party cruise or simply take a ferry to have the best view. Beyond the stunning pyrotechnic show, local celebration offers live entertainment at Flare, SkyCity Auckland Casino, and some top-notch dining.

AUM New Year's Festival (December 30, 2023–January 2, 2024)

Top New Year’s Eve events near Auckland include the AUM New Year's Festival in South Head. The event features over two hundreds of artists and performers across four stages and a variety of activities, such as health and wellness workshops. This family-friendly festival combines art, workshops, music, camping, and all sorts of technical creativity.

Resolution NYE Festival (December 29, 2023–January 2, 2024)

Resolution Festival is another great NYE event in Tauhoa. Labelled as the ultimate wellness party, this waste-free event is not just about ringing in the New Year. It's main aim is to promote sustainability and preserve our planet. The program embraces live music, wellness practises, arts, and camping. Besides, the festival ground accommodates dozens of market and healer stalls. Visitors can take part in African drumming or dance classes and expand their knowledge in transformational workshops.

NYE at Whairepo Lagoon, Wellington

The capital of New Zealand has a lot to offer visitors on New Year's Eve. A free Wellington NYE Celebration in Frank Kitts Park includes live music on a beautiful stage by Whairepo Lagoon, movies, and spectacular fireworks. The festivities start 8 pm with a concert, while the two fireworks displays take place at 9:45 pm and at midnight. After the concert, revelers continue celebrating at clubs on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.

Rock the Park New Year's Eve in Christchurch

The third-largest city in New Zealand hosts a free Rock the Park New Year's Eve festival in North Hagley Park every December 31. The NYE Kids Countdown is scheduled from 4 pm to 7 pm, but the main program starts at 8 pm. The family-friendly event features live music, food stalls, and a variety of activities. The concerts' headliners include iconic kiwi bands, as well as some aspiring home-grown talents and DJs. The culmination of the holiday is the countdown to midnight, ending with an amazing fireworks display, lighting up the skies through 12:15 am.

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