Ready to say "see ya" to this hell of a year? Us too. Surely we're not alone in saying we'll be happy to see the back of baking and Zoom calls. We've never been more ready to close out a year, so we've rounded up the best places to send off 2020 in style if you're staying in Auckland.
Take NYE to new heights at the QT hotel
Boasting unparalleled harbour views and Auckland's best rooftop, QT Hotel is tipped to be the hottest new destination for New Year's. A world away from the hustle below, the elevated evening will feature festively flowing tipples and a menu of Mediterranean-inspired canapés by Chef Sean Connolly. Set to a backdrop of live tunes courtesy of Tim Phin, Paris is Burning and Bevan Keys (Nice’n’Urlich), you're guaranteed to see 2020 out with a bang.
Highlife Music Festival at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana
A crowd favourite is coming back for another year to bring you a spectacular music festival over three nights from the 30th of December to the 2nd of January 2021. Dance for three days straight and enjoy incredible wine, it's the perfect quick escape for those who want to get out of Auckland.
GH Mumm and Sardine Bar Rooftop on Broadway are hosting a premium NYE experience
Ripe NYE 2020, an elevated New Year experience is coming to Westfield Newmarket's rooftop terrace. Watch Sardine Bar transform into an iconic dance party, drink champagne and groove your way into 2021.
A New Year's Eve extravaganza at Upside Downtown
Downtown Auckland really is the place to be this New Year. Watch Galway St and Roukai Lane light up at the Britomart Block Party hosted at your favourite bars like AV Club and Caretaker. Featuring sets from State of Mind, Concord Dawn, Dick Johnson, P-Money, Benny Boy and more.
Resolution NYE Festival for those who want to namaste their way into 2021.
This four day festival is perfect for those who want to ditch the booze and end the year by focusing on themselves, their happiness and wellness. Resolution Festival, in Kumeu, is all about resetting, receiving and creating through a series of local music artists, yoga and wellness workshops, interactive art installations and more.