Are you in Queenstown on New Years Eve and New Years Day this year? Yes? You chose the right place to have an epic NYE party! New Years in Queenstown is amazing, the town is busy and everyone is in a good mood. Here are a few things to do this year on New Years Eve in Queenstown:

Queenstown New Year’s Eve celebration

Where: Earnslaw Park, Queenstown.

Head down to the lakefront to see in the New Year with live music from local bands, a variety of other entertainment and of course a fantastic fireworks display lighting up the night sky at midnight! The entertainment starts at 7.30pm and goes through until 1am, it’s recommended to get there early to grab yourself a good spot. There will be an alcohol ban in the area, but don’t worry as Queenstown has many bars to keep you going all night long. The event is FREE!

Price: FREE!


Rhythm and Alps Music Festival

Where: Wanaka.

One of New Zealand’s biggest music festivals – Rhythm and Alps is a 2 day event that takes place in beautiful Cardrona Valley, situated between Queenstown and Wanaka (about a 40 minute drive from Queenstown). There is always a huge selection of Kiwi and international bands! More info about NZ New Years Eve festivals and the line up at Ryhthm and Alps here.

Price: from $127


Bar Crawls

The greatest thing about New Zealand is that you have an abundance of bars within walking distance from one another. Big Night Out and Kiwi Crawl offer New Year’s Eve Bar Crawls each year and you can book these from the Mad Travel Desk at Nomads Queenstown. Pay for tickets then get free entry into bars, discount vouchers, some food and of course lots of fun!

Price: Tickets cost around $40 for both.


Any bar in Queenstown!

With over 55 bars in Queenstown, you will have a huge night of festivities to choose from. Whatever bar (or bars) you choose to hit up on New Year’s Eve there is one thing for sure… you are guaranteed one hell of a night! Do be aware that some bars will charge an entry fee.

Some of our favourite bars this NYE:

  1. Loco Queenstown: One of the biggest and best live music venues in Queenstown, having hosted some of New Zealand’s greatest bands.
  2. World Bar: Home of the legendary Teapots, this popular bar will be going off as usual this New Year. Get in early to enjoy the awesome DJ’s kicking us off into the New Year. Cheap drink deals available to Nomads guests – just show your keycard!
  3. Winnies: A big draw card for visitors to Queenstown with amazing pizzas, drink specials and always a good night out!

This New Year’s Eve is going to be amazing. Make sure you book your accommodation early here with us at Nomads Queenstown!

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