(List sorted by city name alphabetically)

Auckland: Fireworks at Sky Tower, 12 midnight

Auckland: NYE @ Wynyard, starts 31st Dec 2017, 5pm till midnight at Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Crossing, Auckland, 1010

Christchurch: New Year’s Eve starts 31st Dec 2017, 8.30pm at Hagley Park

Dunedin: New Year’s Eve Octagon Concert starts 31st Dec 2017, 8pm till 12.15am of 1st Jan 2018 at The Octagon, Dunedin (Free entry).

Hamilton: Skycity Hamilton New Year’s Eve Party, starts 7pm on 31st Dec upto 1am of 1st Jan at Skycity Hamilton, 346 Victoria St, Hamilton, Waikato

Napier: Napier’s Community New Year’s Eve Celebration, starts 8.30pm on 31st Dec upto 1st Jan 00.15am, Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke’s Bay / Gisborne

NelsonNew Year’s Eve Countdown starts 31 Dec 2017 8:00pm till 12:30am of 1st Jan 2018 at Upper Trafalgar Street, Nelson Upper Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Paihia: Fireworks starts midnight 12 at Paihia Brach, Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Queenstown: starts 7.30pm on 31st Dec upto 1am of 1st Jan at Queenstown Lake Front (Earnslaw Park, Beach Street), Entry Free

Rotorua: GLO Festival 2017 Rotorua’s New Year Eve Party starts at 6pm upto midnight at Lakefront Village Green. Two firework display at Lakefront, first at 9.15pm and second at midnight.

Wanaka: starts 7.30pm on 31st Dec upto 1am of 1st Jan at Wanaka Lake Front, Entry Free

Wellington: New Year’s Eve, starts 31st Dec 2017, 8pm till 12 midnight at Whairepo Lagoon by Frank Kitts

Christmas and New Year Celebrations 2017 in New Zealand

Christmas, the most awaited festival of the year. Although it’s hard to imagine Christmas without winter, we New Zealanders love celebrating Christmas here in the summer heat.

There are various events throughout the country to make you feel Christmassy, so here is our list of Christmas celebrations around NZ.


  • Coca Cola Christmas in the Park:
    Dec 9 (7:30 to 10:05 pm): Auckland Domain, Grafton, Auckland
  • Waiheke Christmas Festival
    Artworks Courtyard, Cnr Korora & Ocean View Roads, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Waiheke Island, Auckland
    Saturday 9 December 2017 3:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Celebrate Christmas 2017:
    Dec 15 (7:30 pm) & Dec 16 (3 pm): Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland.
  • The Great Christmas Giveback:
    Dec 6-Dec 8 (7pm to 11pm), Dec 9-Dec 10 (1pm to 11pm): Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Royal Oak, Auckland.
  • Henderson Christmas Festival
    Sat 25 Nov 2017, 10:00am–2:00pm
    Henderson Park, Wilsher Cres, Henderson, Auckland
  • Mannil Intha Kathal, A Musical Night (Organized by Auckland Tamil Association)
    Tue, 26 Dec 2017, 6pm-9pm
    Freeman’s Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn St, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011


  • Strathmore Christmas in the Park:
    Dec 6 (5pm to 8pm): Strathmore Park Community Centre, Wellington.
  • Christmas at Bush City:
    Dec 7 – Dec 24 (10am to 6pm): Te Papa, Wellington
  • Experiencing Christmas at Petone:
    Nov 24 – Dec 21: Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington


  • Christmas for the City:
    Dec 16 (4pm to 9pm): Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • Christmas Day Buffet:
    Dec 25 (12pm to 9pm): Chateau on the Park, Riccarton, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Christmas in the Park
    Nov 25th (7.30pm), North Hagley Park, Christchurch

South Island

  • Riverton Christmas Twilight Market
    Palmerston Street Palmerston Street, Riverton, Southland
    Dec 8,  (5pm – 8pm)
  • Invercargill City Centre Christmas Festival and Market
    Invercargill City Centre Esk Street, Invercargill, Invercargill, Southland
    Dec 9 (10am – 2pm)
  • The Chatter Xmas Party
    Invercargill Public Library, 50 Dee St, Invercargill, Southland
    Dec 11 (10am – 12 noon)
  • New Year’s Eve Wanaka 2017
    Dec 31st – Jan 1st (7.30pm-1am), Wanaka Lake Front, Entry Free

  • New Year’s Eve Queens Town 2017
    Dec 31st – Jan 1st (7.30pm-1am), Queenstown Lake Front, Entry Free

North Island

  • Kids Christmas Party
    Opuawhanga Community Hall, Whananaki North Road, Whangarei
    Dec 10 (2pm – 5pm)
  • The Village Christmas Market
    The Village Whatawhata, 1 Rothwell Lane, RD9, Whatawhata, Hamilton
    Dec 10 (10am – 2pm)
  • A Broadway Christmas
    Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton
    Dec 16 (7:30pm – 10pm)
  • Christmas At the Lake
    Innes Common, Lake Domain Dr, Hamilton, Waikato
    Dec 16 (3:30pm – 8:00pm)
  • Christmas Parade
    Waipu Village Centre, Cove Rd and The Centre, Bream Bay, Whangarei District
    Dec 24 (7pm – 8pm)
  • Rotorua GLO Festival
    Lakefront Village Green, Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
    Dec 31 (6pm-12 midnight)