It's fair to say that this year has been a bit of a shambles, but onwards and upwards.
Say goodbye to 2020 in true Kiwi style at an epic NYE bash to remember. Now, we know it's not sipping champers by Sydney's Opera House, or that dream holiday to Europe you had booked, but our wonderful City of Sails has helped us through the tough times this year and through that, a new sense of love and appreciation has been formed. So, let's say adios to 2020, hello to 2021 and cheers to Auckland for being a real trooper this year.
Whether you’re after unbeatable views, a place to wine and dine, somewhere to get your groove on or something a little bit more classy, Auckland has got your NYE 2020 sorted.
Live your best life at Highlife Festival. The much-loved New Year Festival has an amazing lineup and an even more epic venue. Taking place at Ascension Wine Estate on the Matakana Coast and sponsored by Aperol Spritz NZ, not only will you be able to welcome in the New Year with plenty of wine and spritzes but also views for days. Dig into the gourmet food, dance along to some bangin' tunes, party with the DJ’s and explore the beautiful scenery—could you ask for a better way to start 2021. We think not.
Northern Bass is a staple on the NYE festival scene. Hundreds of people from all over New Zealand flock to Mangawhai every year to attend this three-day festival. End your 2020 by dancing the night away to the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop, and start 2021 as you mean to go on by listening to sick beats, moving your feet and digging into some tasty treats. Winning!
Britomart Block Party
Downtown Auckland is the place to be this New Year, watch as your favourite city is transformed into a street party extravaganza at Britomart Block Party. Spread across three different venues, say hello to 2020 at some of your favourite bars like the Caretaker and AV Club. Get lost amongst the city and watch the fun unfold in Roukai Lane and Galway Street. Featuring sets from State of Mind, Concord Dawn, Dick Johnson, P-Money, Benny Boy and many more— there is literally something for everyone. Auckland never lets us down, so it’s guaranteed to be lit.
Upside Downtown NYE Extravaganza
Give 2021 a big warm welcome at one of the hottest multi-venue parties in town! Upside Downtown returns for its fourth year, shaking things up in downtown Auckland as over 30 top DJ’s play across five of our fave city venues. Spend the night dancing away your 2020 woes at Impala, Roxy, Everybody’s, Cassette #9 and Pointers. There will be a real mix of music from house, bass, hip hop, drum & bass and so much more—so there is no excuse to check out this inner-city shindig.
NYE Eve Celebrations At Park Hyatt
Want a more relaxed NYE but don’t want to miss out on all the glitz and glam? Yes! Head along to Park Hyatt Auckland where you can toast to the end of the year, whilst indulging in a three-course sharing menu to die for and cocktails galore. Take a seat at Onemata Restaurant, where you can wine and dine until your heart's content and end the night at the Captains Bar sipping on cocktails and champers—two of our fave things. So, dust off that gown and eat like royalty as you welcome in 2021.
NYE On Rooftop At QT
After the year we've all had, we think it's only fair to treat ourselves to some razzle-dazzle this New Year. Take your nye to new heights and say farewell to 2020 in style at Rooftop at QT. Festive tipples will be flowing all night long, as well Mediterranean-inspired canapes by Chef Sean Connolly, oh and let's not forget about the banging tunes and killer views that await. So, let loose and revel in the Sky Tower’s fireworks spectacle to end the evening with a bang.
New Years Eve At Gochu
Does the sound of magnums and champagne entice you? If so, book yourself in for a night of delights at Gochu. Think salmon roe and duck liver parfait sandwiches, venison tartare, grilled scampi, 21-day dry-aged beef—is your mouth watering yet? Our's certainly is! Celebrate all day and night in true Gochu style. It's going to be an extravagant affair not to be missed.
New Years Eve At Sweatshop
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen know how to host a party, so their New Year bash is certainly one not to be missed. Kick off the celebrations at one of Auckland’s largest outdoor decks and take in the killer view of the Sky Tower fireworks as the clock strikes 12. Enjoy a nice cold beverage or two—heck why not 10 and marvel in the entertainment, with live music provided by The Beat Council and some top-notch DJ’s.
Resolution NYE Festival
This year has been a hard one, to say the least, so we think we need good vibes and positive energy before we head into 2021. Reset, receive and recreate at Resolution Festival— a four-day festival focusing on wellness, health and happiness at Kumeu Showgrounds. Promising a cracking line-up of local artists, epic workshops, wellness classes, yoga, barn raves, dance therapy, interactive art installations—the list goes on. So, If you’re after something a little different, or looking to add more meaning to your New Year, then ditch the booze and enter this utopia of community, wellness and magic.
Continue the fun on Waiheke this summer, by checking out all the epic wineries on offer.
Image credit: Highlife Festival, Britomart Block Party