Sam Boyer is a police reporter for the NZ Herald.

New Year's Eve countdown

Photo / Sarah Ivey
Photo / Sarah Ivey

Holidaymakers are spoiled for choice when it comes to this year's New Year's Eve.

In Auckland, revellers can watch the Sky City fireworks show that will include a light display atop the Sky Tower's stem. At midnight, after the digital countdown, a five-minute pyrotechnic display will light up the city sky.

For the Britomart Beach Party four tonnes of sand will be dumped in the Britomart precinct for a 14-hour party at more than 10 popular venues.

Waiheke Island's Highlife NYE festival open-air event at Stonyridge Vineyard is sold out.

Further afield, there are still tickets for the last night of the three-day Rhythm & Vines festival in Gisborne. The event's sister festival, Rhythm & Alps, at Wanaka's Cardrona Valley, will attract a 10,000-strong crowd.

La De Da festival in Martinborough is another popular destination for New Year's Eve revellers, many of whom have been camping on site for the two-day event featuring international acts A$AP Rocky and Flume.

Popular Kiwi acts Katchafire and Kora pulled out of the event earlier this month, and are now playing at Butlers Reef in New Plymouth from 7pm.

New Zealand music sensation Stan Walker is hosting the G2 Resolution party in Tauranga from midday, and the Black Seeds are the headline act at Mount Vibes New Year's Eve Music Festival at ASB Baypark Stadium, Mt Maunganui, which kicks off at 3pm.

- NZ Herald

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