Stuck in Auckland this New Year’s Eve? It can be a little miserable for most. With lots of people jetting off on holiday, you may feel like you’ve drawn the short end of the stick. Well, we’re about to let you in on a little secret…. this year, Auckland is THE PLACE to be on New Year’s Eve!
There are soooo many amazing festivals and activities to be doing while you ring in the new year in style. You’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice with this list.
So round up your squad and chuck your party pants on people because this year NYE in Auckland is gonna go off!
Probs the best NYE festival to hit Auckland city in a long time. Wondergarden promises to be an absolute cracker of a night! There's a super sick line up including, Unknown Immortal Orchestra, Leisure, SWIDT, MAALA and Bailey Wiley… just to name a few! This year’s location is Silo Park, so expect to see lots of art installations, yummy food stalls and of course the oblatory Sky Tower fireworks display at the stroke of midnight! For the perfect festie the whole fam can enjoy, make sure you get your butt down to Silo Park for all the fun this NYE!
Northern Bass has been a staple in the NYE festival scene for years now. Hundreds of people from all over New Zealand and even the world flock to Mangawhai every year to attend this monster of a festival. The line-up has never been a letdown but this year it’s nothing short of amazing! We’re talkin’ Andy C, Foreign Beggars, Pendulum, Salmonella Dub + Tiki, Shapeshifter, Stormzy, The Upbeats…. seriously we could go on and on but we’re almost out of breath. Phew! For a serious bass in your face kinda vibe then Northern Bass is the festival for you this NYE!
Ok funky kids, this one’s for all you groovers! Put your best dress and dancing shoes on for this one because this night is one not to miss! The swanky Seafearers Club have decided to host a glamourous NYE party with the Dons of funky house music, Nice’n’Urlich playing at Ostro. As well as Manuel Bundy jamming the middle floor and Scotty Mayes featuring special guests on the rooftop with the luxurious Veuve Cliquot bar for you to relax in. So if you’re in for a little something extra this NYE get your crew together and glam up for this fab party!
Britomart Block Party
For a bit of versatility this New Year’s, Britomart Block Party is the way to go! It spans out over a whopping 10 venues with some seriously awesome home grown artists such as Hollie Smith, Kings, Sola Rosa, Concord Dawn, Che Fu and Jupiter Project. You’ll have to make sure you get your time table sorted with this one, with so many bars to visit and acts to see, we’re sure there will be a clash or two! This event starts at 2pm so you’ll have plenty of time to work your way around the block! But remember to drink responsibly, specially if you wanna make it to midnight!
For something a little different this New Year’s Eve in Auckland, this event might just be the ticket. Mikano restaurant is hosting a glamorous Masquerade Ball, topped off with world famous illusionist Andre Vegas as well as singers and dancers, bands and D.J’s. This will be a night of glitz and glamour so be sure to dress in your finest black tie attire. Doors open at 6pm with a dinner service kicking off the show. And, to top it all off, $1 from every ticket will be donated to the Red Cross.
Light and Sparkles
Ring in the New Year with a rooftop party at the Rydes Hotel. This party will be super exclusive, with most of the tickets sold out already, so you’d better get in quick for this one. Your ticket includes a free flow of premium bevvies as well as canapes, cheese platters, a desert bar with a chocolate fountain— drooool. And of course, the best views in Auckland City! With some funky D.J’s spinning tunes all night this party is one not to be missed.
AUM Camping Festival
Got the kiddos with you this New Year's Eve? Not a problem. Take them along on a camping trip with AUM! Camp out on a 400-hectare dear farm with swimming lakes, walking tracks, hot showers and flushing toilets! There will be art zones, performing arts, healing zones, workshops, food stalls, markets places and live musical acts. This will be for sure a fantastic vibe the whole family can enjoy!
Olympic Spirit Cocktail Cruise
Cruise around the harbour, enjoy the sunset and ring in the New Year on the Olympic spirit cruise this New Year’s Eve. Help yourself to a free glass of champers on arrival, cocktails all night and DJ’s spinning some tunes on the two-level cruise ship. What a perfectly romantic way to spend your New Year’s Eve with your lover.
Cable Bay Vineyard
For a night of fabulous food, wine and entertainment, board a ferry and head over to Waiheke Island for Cable Bays NYE celebrations! With two packages on offer including either a five or three-course meal, bubbles on arrival, a jazz trio and a DJ for later in the evening. This is another perfect way to spend a magical New Year’s Eve in Auckland with your significant other.
Image Credit: Jaime Lee at Northern Bass, Wondergarden, Britomart Block Party, Cable Bay