Wellington: Revellers across the globe will be gearing up for one of the biggest nights of the year – as thousands gather to watch fireworks and party well into the night.
New Zealand celebrates New Year at around 11am, UK time, with Australia following soon afterwards. Auckland is the first major city in the world to welcome in 2019.
Both the Sky Tower and the Harbour Bridge will be lit up. At midnight, there will be the annual fireworks display from the Sky Tower. There will be a light display on the Harbour Bridge at the same time. The Wondergarden music festival is being held again at Silo Park on the waterfront.
The Tauranga City Council hasn’t hosted a New Year’s Eve event at Mount Maunganui since 2016, after crowd control and safety issues at that year’s event. The council will be taking the same approach this year, but there will be an increased police presence in the area.
There will be a midnight fireworks display in Tauranga and a number of community events.