What to do on New Year’s Eve in Wellington 2019/2020

Don’t miss the countdown at one of Wellington’s hottest New Year’s Eve events.

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New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and where better to celebrate than in New Zealand’s capital city?

If you’re stuck for what to do, then look no further. Here’s the low-down on events and fireworks displays taking place in and around Wellington, to help you ring in the new year in style.

Where to watch the Wellington New Year’s Eve fireworks

Watch Wellington’s harbour light up with a spectacular fireworks display at either 9pm or midnight.

LocationInformationEarly or midnight fireworks?Starting time
Whairepo LagoonEnjoy kids’ tunes before 9pm, after which a live big band will keep you entertained until the countdown at midnight.Early and midnight.Entertainment from 8pm. Children’s countdown at 9 pm. Fireworks at midnight.

Best New Year’s Eve parties and events in Wellington

  • St John’s Bar and Eatery – Sitting right on the waterfront, ticket holders can enjoy a fantastic three-course meal, complete with complimentary wine or beer, as well as prime seats for the fireworks display. Tickets from $82.
  • Valhalla – Valhalla returns with its ever-successful 18+, multi-stage event, Transcendance Arising. Dance the night away to the likes of Nuro GL, Darren AK and Mutana. Tickets from $30.
  • Hawthorn Lodge – This speak-easy bar on Tory Street may be difficult to find, but the effort is worth it. Enjoy a chilled New Year’s Eve tucked up in a leather armchair in front of an open fire, with a bespoke whisky cocktail in hand. Free admission.
  • The Welsh Dragon Bar – Perfect for those who are looking for somewhere lively to continue their celebrations after the fireworks, The Welsh Dragon Bar is open until late serving classic cocktails and plenty of prosecco. Free admission.
  • Ivy Bar – Looking for something a bit different? Welcome in 2020 with an evening of outrageous cabaret and other live performances at S.L.A.Y. Tickets from $20.

Where to stay on New Year’s Eve in Wellington

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