Festivals are part and parcel of life and when it’s New Year and that too in New Zealand we all want something more. New Year parties in New Zealand offer something extraordinary to bid adieu to the previous year in style and welcome the New Year with a blast. New Years Eve parties in New Zealand are nothing less than a festival. Whatever be the budget you have in hand and whatever be the timeframe, you’ll find something or the other awesome options to make New Year celebration in New Zealand in a unique way.
10 Best New Year Parties In New Zealand 2019
The New Year eve 2019 is a month away. If you are planning for tasting the flavor of New Zealand New Year’s festival then go ahead and check this list of the festival right away. It presents the list of happening festivals which centers around the theme of New Year annually. Here are the following New Year’s festivals in New Zealand 2019 that you can be a part of:
If you are a party animal and in a mood to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Queenstown, New Zealand, you must not miss this celebration that lasts for a month, yes you read it right, one month of partying and celebrating. Location of the event is in Earnslaw Park, Queenstown and it starts on 31 of December. Here you can enjoy the gorgeous location, lovely music, and breathtaking fireworks. It is more like a carnival where you will find one thing or the other to entertain you, be it mouthwatering food, full power entertainment or socializing with your own tribe of party lovers.
Location: Earnslaw Park, Queenstown
Places for nightlife: Rhinos Ski Shack, Vinyl Underground
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2. Aum New Year’s Eve Festival
You will find many New Year’s Eve events in New Zealand but Auckland is a place where you will find the best one that is the Aum New Year’s Eve Festival. This festival has its main highlights of being a one of its kind festival with hippy vibes where you can camp and enjoy the party. For that, you will have to travel a distance of one hour from the city center and enjoy the fiesta. Here you can indulge in creativity with the art workshops or just go with the flow of music and get some technical entertainment. The festival begins on 30 December and it runs till 2 January at 320 Wilson Road, South Head, Auckland.
Dates: 31st Dec – 02 January
Location: 320 Wilson Road, South Head, Auckland
Wondergarden is a festival that begins on the 31 of December at Silo Park, Auckland. This festival is worth attending because it is accessible from the main city center at walking distance and you can indulge yourself with the great street food and have the greatest live music. During midnight, this place is lit up with the great firework that shoots from the Sky Tower of the city. This is a kind of party that anyone can enjoy. The party is full of fun, celebrations, and vibes of happiness. The crowd is both locals and travelers who want to explore the place during New Year. It is one of the best New Years Eve parties in New Zealand.
Location: Silo Park, Auckland
4. Rhythm and Vines
Being one of the biggest New Year party in New Zealand, Rhythm and Vines is a popular festival and people love to be here because of the venue which is gorgeous and there are amazing acts happening in the party that happens in Vineyard of Waiohika Estate. If you are interested in this party, you have to book your tickets in advance because people love it so much that the entry passes are sold out as soon as released. It starts from 29 December and you can enjoy the party till 1 January.
Date: 29 December – 1 January
Location: Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne
5. Wellington NYE Celebrations
Get ready to join the party here as it starts on 31 December at Whairepo lagoon (Frank Kitts Park lagoon), Wellington. This is one of the most happening party for celebrating your New Year’s eve in New Zealand. Here you can enjoy the music of all sort, starting from the melodies of 1980’s to today, this is a great place for people who love grooving to the live bands. You will not feel like stopping your feet from thumping on the great melodies on the New Year’s Eve celebrations. You can also enjoy great firework show that happens from 9 PM till Midnight. Entry at this event is free and this is the best place where you can enjoy being classy with the local crowd and indulge in the beauty of the fiesta.
Date: 31 December
Location: Whairepo lagoon (Frank Kitts Park lagoon)
6. Rhythm and Alps
Also known as the sister festival of Rhythm & Vines, this party happens at one of the most stunning places of New Zealand, Cardrona Valley which is located in the midway of Queenstown towards Wanaka. Here you can enjoy the most entertaining lineups of awesome bands and music by renowned DJs. The party starts on 29 December and ends on 1 January at Cardrona Valley, Wanaka.
Date: 29 December – 1 January
Location: Cardrona Valley, Wanaka
7. New Years Eve Christchurch
If you are traveling in New Zealand during your holidays and you are around the North Hagley Park, Christchurch on the 31 December, you must make a visit to the Christchurch for celebrations. Here you can enjoy delicious food from the various stalls, there are live music bands and you can watch the lovely firework show. Also, the party is free! So, you have enough reasons to be here on the New Years Eve.
Date: 31 December
Location: North Hagley Park, Christchurch
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Location of this festival is Williamson Park, Ocean Road, Whangamata which happens on 31 of December. Here you can enjoy great food, live music, and acts that will entertain you. The entry pass is affordable and if you are on a budget, you must hop into this party and enjoy your New Year’s Eve.
Date: 31 December
Location: Williamson Park, Ocean Road, Whangamata
9. Northern Bass
Northern Bass New Year’s Eve festival starts on 29 and it ends on the 31 December. The festival happens at 420 Settlement Road, Kaiwaka. If you are a true nature lover you will love to attend this festival. In New Zealand, there is no awesome place than North Island, Northland region where you can enjoy basking in sun. The three days long Northern Bass festival has international drum n’ bass act as the highlight, which is the stunning and classic lineup of the celebration. The summer festival is super hit among tourists as well as locals.
Date: 29 – 31 December
Location: 420 Settlement Road, Kaiwaka
10. Highlife New Year’s Eve
Even if you are not into parties and soaking up into the clubbing culture, you are going to enjoy the Highlife New Year’s Eve. This is because here you can enjoy the finest wine and the entertaining live acts, great music by DJs and performers who will entertain you to the best. You will also love the fireworks at the festival because it is the main highlight. This party happens at Stony Ridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island on 31 December. So, if your style of celebration is classy, this is definitely your place to be.
Date: 31 December
Location: Stony Ridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is Christmas celebrated in New Zealand?
A:One way how Christmas celebrations are different in New Zealand is the weather. it is summer in December when flowers and trees bloom. People in New Zealand call pohutukawa heir Christmas tree as it is already decorated with colorful flowers. They have a picnic or barbeque and spend their Christmas outdoor having traditional Maori hangi. They also celebrate second Christmas in July when it is winter in New Zealand.
Q: What is there to do in Auckland on New Years Eve?
Enjoy fireworks at Sky Towers or have a rooftop party at any of the bars in Auckland on New Year’s. There is also an SKY City party where more than 20 DJ artists come to perform in the streets. You can be a part of it if you want to celebrate New Year in New Zealand 2019.
The above bunch of New Zealand New Year’s festivals is not ending the list of celebrations. There are many more festivals which are celebrated by the people of New Zealand on the occasion of New Year. So, pack your best party wear and head straight to this paradise with your loved ones. Plan your trip to New Zealand for a celebration like never before!
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