Best Place to Celebrate New Year in Auckland

Are you planning a new year celebration in Auckland? As New Zealand’s most populous urban area, the end of the year and new year’s eve parties are always something to remember. The city is host to several parties and festivals that last days into the new year for tourists and locals. Whether you desire quiet or electric fun, you will find your place in Auckland. Below are some of the best places to celebrate the new year’s eve in Auckland. 

Upside downtown party 

The upside-downtown party is usually Auckland’s biggest party within Auckland CBD. So, if you are one for parties, this is the place to be. The ticket grants access to all five clubs and they are usually packed with over 30 DJs from the city’s best clubs. As a result, you can expect trap, drum, bass, hip hop, RnB, and any other music styles you want. Interestingly, a single ticket grants entry into any of the venues. If you don’t want to deal with long queues, upgrade to a VIP Queuebuster and make your new year’s eve one to remember. 

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Britomart block party 

The Britomart block party is another thrilling party you should attend if you are in the heart of the city. Also located in central Auckland, the party is a location of interest for most. It starts on 31 December and ends on the first day of the year. As a result, the party is a nice way to celebrate Christmas eve. It features three clubs and one massive street party with enough music and drinks for everyone. If you want, you can start with one of the clubs and make your way into the other two as the night progresses. It provides an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife on a festive day just like everyone. 

Wynyard Grill 

Not everyone is up for a party. We get that. But that does not mean you have to sit at home without celebrating the new year’s eve. Head over to the Wynyard grill and enjoy some of the best wild game meat and gourmet burgers the city has to offer.

The grill is a steakhouse in the heart of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, adjacent to the viaduct harbour. You will find the best cuts of steak in the city, classic cocktails, craft beer, and an extensive wine list. On a special occasion like this, you can relieve the evening with live jazz music. Wynyard grill is a nice spot to spend and celebrate the new year’ eve, especially if you desire a cosy atmosphere with a special someone. 

Rooftop at QT 

Do you want to see some fireworks? Then, head over to the Rooftop at QT. The location allows a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and harbour. You can view activities below from the rooftop, including fireworks and every other blast. Beyond just sitting down, QT offers mesmerising dishes that are as beautiful as the view. Their drink collections include cocktails, drinks, beer, vodka, gin, spirit, and various other types. At the end of the celebration, you can head over to one of their many rooms to wrap up the night and usher in a new year. 

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New year’s eve on the beach

Auckland city has a lot of beaches. Why not head over and enjoy the outdoor new year’s eve party? Some of the famous beaches include Anchor Bay beach, Piha beach, Cheltenham beach, and more. You can even check out the Hot water beach for an out-of-this-world experience. Just you and a few other people, surrounded by white sand and low tide. If you extend the enjoyment until the evening, you can fish for dinner and be one of the first to see the sunrise on a new year. 

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Northern Bass 

The Northern Bass New Year’s Eve festival is a three-day event that is attended by thousands from all over New Zealand. What better way to end the year than jumping to cool beats and enjoying the tastiest treats? The festival is never short on food, drink, and fantastic scenery, and features an international drum n’ bass as the highlight – a classic and stunning lineup of celebration. Northern bass is a highly anticipated festival among locals and tourists. 

Highlife festival 

The highlife festival at the Ascension Wine Estate has always been a sell-out event. The festival features the best gourmet foods, beverages, and world-class DJs, entertainers, and dance performances. Apart from this, visitors enjoy heart-stopping fireworks displays to usher in the new year. The tickets to the festivals are limited so it is always best to buy them ahead. Who says you can’t enjoy New Year’s Eve surrounded by strangers, dancing around to live music, and eating delicious food? 

Rhythm & Alps 

The Rhythm & Alps music festival is the South Island sister festival of Rhythm & Vines. It is a three-night festival that is always packed with some of the best musical lineups. The festival features over 15 vendors serving incredible wine and food options. Here, you can enjoy live music from some of the world’s renowned bands and DJs. The festival holds in the stunning scenery of Cardona Lakes; hence, the environment itself is something to desire. 

Wondergarden festival 

The wonder garden festival is held at silo park and is located within walking distance of the main city centre. It offers an opportunity to indulge in street food and watch live music performances. During midnight, the dark sky is lit with fireworks. The festival is open to all ages, including locals and tourists. Plus, there are Auckland hotels where you can lodge.

Blowout comedy 

Blowout comedy night features local and international comedy veterans whose job is to make you giggle and laugh even as the year comes to a close. If you appreciate good comedy, you can visit. Unlike parties, the show is usually for a while. As a result, you can attend and still find time for other new year’s eve activities. 


New Years Eve is always a time to have a great time and welcome in another New Year. Even if you are not into parties and clubbing, visit Auckland to enjoy some of the highlights of the city. 

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