Just like other countries around the world, New Years Eve in New Zealand is taken very seriously, taking into account we are one of the first to see in the New Year there are now a number of overnight and 2 and 3 day festivals running over this time.
These festivals make a great change to the usual parties and club nights as they are all outdoor festivals so that you can enjoy the New Year's Eve Celebrations under the stars.
For backpackers used to spending New Year's in the dark and freezing cold, New Zealand's outdoor festivals are a must to experience. New Zealand has some amazing music festivals and fireworks displays during the New Year period, all of which are set amongst some pretty epic landscapes. Each year the festivals and celebrations play host to a huge line up of local and international acts and are a great way to top off your New Zealand experience.
We have had a look at the top New Year's parties around the country and decided which are our Top outdoor New Year's Eve celebrations in New Zealand for 2016.
1. Rhythm and Vines
Set amongst Gisborne's vineyards, Rhythm and Vines is one of our favourite 3 day camping festivals! Gisborne is one of the first places in the world to bring in the New Year and this festival is one not to be missed with 5 stages and over 70 artists. This year's line up is huge including Kimbra, Chance the Rapper, RUFUS, Zhu, Hot Chip and more! If you are on a budget day passes are available for around $107.
Price - $107 - $255
Date - 29 - 31 December 2016
Location - Waiohika Estate, Gisborne
More Info / Tickets: rhythmandvines.co.nz/
2. Rhythm and Alps
Set in Cardrona Valley (about half way between Wanaka and Queenstown) this 2 day camping, music festival is set amongst the stunning mountains of New Zealand's south island and is the only festival of its kind in the south. This year's line up includes Cut Chemist, Six60, Dub FX and many other New Zealand and international artists. If you're on a budget then you can also purchase just a day ticket.
Price - $109 + booking fee.
Date - 30 - 31 December 2016
Location – Robrosa Station, Cardrona Valley, 15 minutes south of Wanaka, Central Otago. The festival site is located between the famous Cardrona Ski resort and the high rolling terrain of the Pisa Plateau.
More Info / Tickets: rhythmandalps.co.nz
Stay - Nomads Queenstown (a short car or bus ride away) / or Base Wanaka
3. High Life NYE Experience
If you are going to be in Auckland during the New Year period why not welcome 2017 from a winery on Waiheke Island? The island was recently voted in Lonely Planet's top regions to visit and the festival is going to be huge! Live music and loads of festivities are on offer as well as buses to ferries to and from Auckland CBD.
4. Northern Bass
Another great camping music festival if you are planning on being in Auckland around the festive period. Northern Bass takes place in the sub tropical surroundings of Mangawhai, 1 hour from Auckland. This year's line up is going to be huge with Chase & Status, The Upbeats, Cut Chemist and more. The camping festival lasts for 3 days and is a must do!
If you are on a budget and can't really afford any of the amazing music festivals, then make your way to one of New Zealand's major cities for some amazing celebrations and fireworks displays. Entry is free and the festivities kick off around 8:00pm. The areas are alcohol free, but not to worry, there will be plenty of bars in the city having a huge NYE party.
Queenstown: Celebrations take place in Earnslaw Park on Queenstown's lakefront from 7:30pm. What a setting to watch the fireworks! Most of the bars will have something going on and there will be bar crawls running! Stay at Nomads Queenstown.
Wellington: Head on down to Frank Kitts Park in Wellington to watch the fireworks display, check out the live music and even take a picnic! Courtenay Place & Cuba Street's bars and nightlife will be buzzing! Stay at Nomads Wellington.
Decide which outdoor festival or fireworks show is good for you and book your tickets and accommodation now. Spending New Year's Eve outdoors with some good food, good wine and good friends is a must-do if you're in New Zealand.