New Zealand is the first country in the world to see the light of the New Year. These are some of the best places for waiting the start of the year:
Saint Clair Beach – Dunedin, South Island
Find a spot on the waterfront at Saint Clair Beach in Dunedin and see if the New Year brings good surf on the first day. No big deal if there is no swell, the sunrise is worth it anyway. There's a family-friendly new year's party in the central city at The Octagon.
Oban – Stewart Island
Oban is the only settlement on Stewart Island with a population of almost 400 people. On New Year’s Eve the locals block off the main street to enjoy a live band on the deck of the South Sea Hotel and a bonfire on the beach. After a night of partying with the locals, relax on the quiet beach of Halfmoon Bay and watch the sun come up over one of New Zealand’s most southern points.
Mount Maunganui - Bay of Plenty, North Island
A pre-dawn hike to the top of Mount Maunganui might be just the way to start 2019 off with a bang. There is a reason this place is one of the most Instagrammed in New Zealand and the light at sunrise is worth the climb. Earlier, watch out for the midnight fireworks at this popular coastal holiday spot.
New Brighton Pier – Christchurch, South Island
New Year’s Eve in the South Island’s largest city is always a good time with lots of local events including a family friendly New Year’s celebration at North Hagley Park featuring live entertainment and a midnight fireworks display. Early risers should head to New Brighton Beach to catch a magnificent glimpse of the sunrise on the first morning of 2019.
Information received from The New Zealand Tourism Board: https://www.newzealand.com
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