Bring in the New Year at Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park. Enjoy the great line-up of live music across two stages, food stands and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight; all perfectly situated on the Queenstown lakefront. This free event is a celebration for everyone from local families to young travelers and international guests. *Please remember there is a strict alcohol ban in this area.
The Southern Alps welcomes in the New Year with its very own Rhythm & Alps, the sister festival to Gisborne's famous Rhythm & Vines. As one of the biggest festivals on offer in New Zealand, the lineup of both international and Kiwi artists is sure to get you buzzing. Whilst the festival is located closer to the alpine town of Wanaka, there are bus transfers to Queenstown easily available for the duration of the festival. Check out this year's lineup and grab your tickets here.
For perhaps the more youthful adults within your group, join the Big Night Out bar crawl. The exclusive Queenstown New Years Eve party includes free door entries and drink specials that will give you the VIP party experience you’ve always wanted. Enjoy a night of party games, epic prizes and dance in the Year Year with a crew of locals and visitors. To find out more check out the website here.
If you're wanting to celebrate in Queenstown, but wish to avoid the lakeside throng, make your New Years Eve an indulgent dining experience. Visit one of the many restaurants within the town. Prime restaurant offers one of Queenstown’s premier waterfront dining experiences. For stunning panoramic views and the perfect fireworks viewpoint, dine at the Skyline Gondola’s Stratosfare Restaurant. Make sure to reserve your party a table so as not to miss out on these incredible dining experiences.
Alternatively, nestle in at one of Staysouth's premier luxury accommodation Queenstown properties and welcome in the New Year from the comfort of your own home. Our properties provide extensive views over the Queenstown area and are the perfect place to bring in the New Year whilst enjoying a glass of your favourite beverage and watching the impressive fireworks exploding over the lake.