10 NYE Events in New Zealand You Can't Miss!
10 NYE Events in New Zealand You Can't Miss!

10 Best New Year’s Eve Events in New Zealand 🥳 [2022]

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The Best New Year Festivals in New Zealand

[Update: Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, many New Year’s Eve festivals in New Zealand have been cancelled for 2021. We have updated this page with the most recent cancellations.]

You’re leaving the year in an awesome country and you’re seeing in the new year in an, well, awesome country! That’s worth celebrating, right? Because New Year’s Eve in New Zealand is during summer, it is the perfect time to hit on the many epic New Year festivals in New Zealand. Whatever your budget and whatever your timeframe, you’ll find an awesome festival to celebrate NYE in New Zealand!

Below, you’ll find some of the top NYE events in New Zealand. How about volunteering at one of these events by following our advice in How to Volunteer at a Festival in New Zealand? If you prefer celebrating in another way, however, check out Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in New Zealand.

1. Rhythm & Alps

The sister festival of Rhythm & Vines is held among the stunning setting of the mountainous Cardrona Valley halfway between Queenstown and Wanaka. The festival is packed with an awesome line-up of bands and DJs. While you are in the area, make sure you do these 18 Things to Do in Wanaka.

Date: 29 December – 31 December
Location: Cardrona Valley, Wanaka
Where to stay: Camp at the event or check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Wanaka, 6 Best Motels in Wanaka or 10 Best Hotels in Wanaka.

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2. Wellington NYE Celebrations

Boogie on down in New Zealand’s capital city with bands playing hits from the 1980s and onwards. This free event at the Whairepo Lagoon (Frank Kitts Park Lagoon) will have you tapping your toes well into the New Year. Fireworks go off at 9pm for the kids, as well as 12am. The after-party continues at the bars and clubs mentioned in our Guide to Wellington Nightlife.

Date: 31 December
Location: Whairepo Lagoon, Wellington
Where to stay: Check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.

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3. AUM New Year’s Eve Festival

Of course, there are loads of NYE events happening all over Auckland. Travel one hour north of the city centre and you’ll find the awesome hippy camping festival of AUM. Release your creative side with art, workshops, music and all sorts of technical wizardry at this top New Year festival in New Zealand.

Date: 30 December – 2 January
Location: 320 Wilson Road, South Head, Auckland
Where to stay: Camp at the festival or check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Auckland or The Budget Accommodation Guide to Auckland Region.

AUM© AUM

4. Northern Bass

There’s no better place to soak up the sun than the Northland region of the North Island. Enjoy an epic lineup of international drum n’ bass acts in this awesome three-day summer festival. For more ways to enjoy the area around one of the best New Year festivals in New Zealand, be sure to check out our 10 Best Things to Do in Mangawhai.

Date: 29 – 31 December
Location: 420 Settlement Road, Kaiwaka
Where to stay: Camp at the festival or check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Whangarei or 10 Best Motels in Whangarei.

New Year festival New Zealand© Northern Bass

5. Highlife NYE

Another vineyard NYE celebration, this time it’s on the Matakana Coast, just a short drive from Auckland. Sip on wine and enjoy live acts, DJs, performers and some show-stopping fireworks. If you want to see the New Year in style then this festival is for you! See more experiences nearby in the 9 Places You Can’t Miss on the Matakana Coast.

Date: 31 December
Location: Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana
Where to stay: Check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Auckland or The Budget Accommodation Guide to Auckland Region.

New Year festival New Zealand© HighlifeEntertainment

6. Resolution Festival

Need another New Year’s Eve festival option for Auckland? Resolution Festival is calling with 15 zones of 150+ workshops, 80+ musicians, 70+ market stalls, 60+ healer stalls and more. The family-friendly four-day/three-night event is more than just the music (although that’s still a huge part of it). Enjoy transformational workshops, participatory African drumming and dance temples. Kids 12 years and under go free!

Date: 29 December – January 2
Location: 34/41 Access Road, Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu
Where to stay: Check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Auckland or The Budget Accommodation Guide to Auckland Region.

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[POSTPONED] Rhythm & Vines

[Update: Rhythm & Vines has been postponed to Easter 2022 – see The Top New Zealand Events & Festivals in 2022 for updates].

New Zealand’s biggest NYE celebration is in the first city in the world to see the new year thanks to its position on the International Date Line. The festival in Gisborne has huge acts playing over the New Year among the sensational setting of the Waiohika Estate Vineyard. Get your tickets early before they sell out! For more experiences nearby, check out 17 Best Things to Do in Gisborne.

Date: 28 December – 31 December
Location: Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne
Where to stay: Camp at the event or look up stays in 7 Best Budget Accommodations in Gisborne, 10 Best Motels in Gisborne or 5 Best Hotels in Gisborne.

New Year festival New Zealand© Flickion from New Zealand

[CANCELLED FOR 2021] New Years Eve Queenstown

Get down to Earnslaw Park on the lakefront of Queenstown for music and fireworks! The streets are packed with a carnival atmosphere and there will be plenty of food stalls for a bite to eat. To top it all off, the NYE event in Queenstown is free! Find out where some of the hottest after-parties are in the Party Capital of New Zealand are in our Guide to Queenstown Nightlife.

Date: 31 December
Location: Earnslaw Park, Queenstown
Where to stay: Check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown.

10 NYE Events in New Zealand You Can't Miss!© Destination Queenstown

[CANCELLED FOR 2021] New Years Eve Christchurch

A free New Year’s festival in New Zealand is the New Years Eve celebrations in Christchurch. North Hagley Park will be the venue for this family-friendly event with live bands, food stalls and lots more going on in the countdown to midnight when the fireworks display begins. For more ways to enjoy the South Island’s largest city, check out the 15 Best Things to Do in Christchurch.

Date: 31 December
Location: North Hagley Park, Christchurch
Where to stay: Check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Christchurch, 10 Best Motels in Christchurch or 11 Best Hotels in Christchurch.

New Year festival New Zealand© Pixabay

[CANCELLED FOR 2021] Rotorua GLO Festival

From 5pm on New Year’s Eve, head down to the Rotorua Village Green from a fun free New Year’s festival in New Zealand. The family-friendly GLO Festival comes alive with live music, performing arts, movies and, of course, fireworks. The fireworks hit the skies at 9.30pm for families and again at midnight. See more ways to spend your time before and after the festival with the 12 Best Things to Do in Rotorua.

Date: 31 December
Location: Rotorua Village Green, Rotorua
Where to stay: Check out The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua.

10 Best New Year's Eve Events in New Zealand© Julian Apse - Tourism New Zealand

[CANCELLED] Wave Front

Escape to the gorgeous Coromandel for Wave Front this NYE. The beach at Whangamata plays host to live acts and all sorts of celebratory goings-on. With a reasonable admission price of usually around NZ$25, Wave Front is definitely an affordable NYE event for travellers on a budget. While you are in the Coromandel, don’t miss these 15 Coromandel Must-Dos.

Date: 31 December
Location: Williamson Park, Ocean Road, Whangamata
Where to stay: 10 Best Holiday Apartments in the Coromandel.

Pixabay© Pixabay

[CANCELLED] Wondergarden

Another NYE festival in New Zealand’s largest city that’s worth checking out is Wondergarden in Silo Park. The awesome waterfront Silo Park in Wynard Quarter (a short stroll from the city centre) will host more street food than you know what to do with and live music. At midnight, it’s a great place to watch the fireworks shoot from the Sky Tower. For more things to do in Auckland city, check out The Complete Guide to Auckland.

Date: 31 December
Location: Silo Park, Auckland
Where to stay: Check out the 10 Best Hotels in Auckland.

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More About New Year Festivals in New Zealand

That’s it for the best New Year festivals in New Zealand and the top NYE events. Before you go, you might be interested in these similar events:

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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