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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#NYE in New Zealand: Top 8 things to do


Bring in the New Year in New Zealand

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Renowned for spectacular scenery and hidden gems, New Zealand truly comes to life on New Year’s Eve. Whether it’s attending a music festival in the grassy highlands, or soaking up the sights at a rooftop party, travellers are spoilt for choice this New Year’s Eve.

Here are eight of the best ways to see in the New Year in style in New Zealand.

1. Miss Moonshine’s Ball

Ponsonby Road, Auckland December 31

On New Year’s Eve, Miss Moonshine’s will host a ball filled with dancing, music, and its signature twist on classic New Zealand cuisine. Taking New Zealand’s rich produce and cooking it on a traditional American barbeque, Miss Moonshine is an establishment that knows how to shake things up and have a good time!

2. Rhythm and Vines

Waiohika Estate vineyard, Gisbourne December 29 – January 1

As the largest New Year’s Eve music festival in New Zealand, Rhythm and Vines caters to a wide range of musical tastes. Hosted in the Waiohika Estate vineyard, the festival features hip hop, indie, and this year stand up comedy has also been added to the line up.

3. Northern Bass

Mangawhai December 29 – January 1

The Northern Bass music festival embraces the best of the hip hop and electric genres in a unique way that also promotes environmental sustainability. With new recycling initiatives that aim to preserve the rolling green hills of Mangawhai, this is a festival with a difference and will excite your inner eco-warrior!

4. Light & Sparkles New Years Eve Party

Rydges Hotel, Auckland December 31

Travellers who wish to get amongst the crowds and cap off the year in the Auckland CBD need to attend the Light and Sparkes New Years Eve Party. Attendees will get to party in style as they dance the night away with free drinks, canapés, and a chocolate fountain. The rooftop will also give travellers a view of the fireworks they won’t forget.

5. Highlife NYE

Stonyridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island 31 December – 1 January

Tucked away in the Stonyridge Vineyard on Auckland’s beautiful Waiheke Island, the Highlife New Year’s Eve music festival stands out as an alternative for travellers looking to celebrate off the main islands and see more of what New Zealand has to offer.

6. Prana Eco Retreat Festival

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Opoutere beach, Coromandel December 30 – January 3

The Prana Eco Retreat Festival is catered to families and travellers who see themselves as free spirits. Highlights include live music, dancing and performance art. This beachside festival will also host exclusive workshops to improve health and wellbeing.

7. Fat Freddys Drop

McEwan Park, Petone Wellington December 31

Hugely popular New Zealand band Fat Freddys Drop will be perfoming in Wellington, the city where they rose to stardom. For musically attuned travellers, this event is a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich musical culture of New Zealand.

8. Rhythm and Alps

Cardrona Valley, Wanaka December 30 – 31

Travellers who want to spend New Year’s Eve getting in touch with their musical side should look no further than Rhythm and Alps music festival in the Robrosa Estate, Wanaka. With a lineup of artists that includes Sticky Fingers, Shidad, and Summer Thieves, the music festival is the largest one held on the South Island.
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