City Centre The Center Of Attention On NYE
Several streets in the downtown area will for the first time be pedestrianised for party goers, families and visitors to move freely and enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities. The The closures are around Queen Street and Victoria Street.
On Federal Street, SkyCity will host Auckland’s biggest New Year street party, from 5pm to midnight with Ladi6 and Chong Nee & Friends as the headline acts.
Along the waterfront, great viewing spots are: Little Shoal Bay, Northcote; Bayswater Marina; Mt Victoria, Devonport; Queens Parade, Devonport; Bastion Point; Harbour View Beach Reserve, Te Atatū Peninsula; Sentinel Beach, Herne Bay; Mt Eden.
Vector Lights will sparkle on Auckland Harbour Bridge for a second year, displaying a fabulous light show from 9pm to 1am. At the stroke of midnight, the lights will sync with the Sky Tower fireworks in a five-minute display of dancing colours.
For the first time, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum and Te Ara I Whiti – Light Path will light up alongside other iconic Auckland landmarks the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge, adding to the pageantry.
Extra public transport options will be available post-midnight. There will be 31 additional bus services; more trains will operate on the Onehunga Line and Eastern Line (to Sylvia Park); and there will also be added ferry sailings between Auckland and Devonport.
After New Year’s Eve, international tennis stars will be in town for the ASB Classic (6-18 January); the Black Caps and White Ferns will take to the field at Eden Park; and Trans-Tasman basketball will take centre court at Spark Arena.
The Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival will wrap up the first month of the new year with a one-night spectacular of storytelling, music and performances to celebrate Māori culture and heritage in Auckland.