Family-friendly ways to spend New Year's Eve

Family-friendly ways to spend New Year's Eve
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Not keen on getting caught up with the rowdy crowds this New Year's Eve? Looking for somewhere to have fun with the family? 

Whether your children are staying up until midnight, or tucked up in bed well before then, here are some family-friendly events to ring in 2019.


NYE on the Coast - Silverdale Adventure Park, north Auckland

Fireworks, night rides, food stalls, a bar and entertainment,  NYE on the Coast was created to fill the void for families who would like to celebrate in a festival environment that caters for adults and their children.

Cost - $50 for a Family Pass consisting of 2 adults and 2 children. Each additional adult or child is an additional $10. Visit Silverdale Adventure Park for more.

Harbour Bridge lights and Sky Tower fireworks - Central Auckland

For the first time, Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge will join the celebrations with a sparkling display from 9pm, before building up to a countdown to midnight where it will pulse in time with the Auckland Sky Tower.

At the stroke of midnight, Vector Lights will explode into a five-minute spectacular designed to complement SKYCITY’s fireworks display from the Sky Tower, then continue until 1am.

Here are some of the best places to view Auckland Harbour Bridge:

  • Sentinal Beach, Herne Bay
  • Mt Victoria, Devonport
  • Little Shoal Bay, Northcote
  • Harbour View Beach Reserve, Te Atatū Peninsula
  • Auckland Waterfront, CBD
  • Queens Parade, Devonport
  • Bastion Point, Orakei

Admission: Free


Bowl and Party

The family-friendly Bowl and Social event on Victoria Street in Hamilton starts at 5pm with a special kids New Year countdown at 7pm.

There will be a DJ and free popcorn.

Standard bowling prices apply, booking is recommended.


GLO Festival, Lakefront Village Green

Gather with friends and family on the lakefront and Rotorua Village Green and enjoy entertainment, a family movie, great food and a fireworks display.

Festivities start at 4:30pm and finish at 9:45pm.

Admission: Free


The Great Lake Taupō Big Bang

Family activities begin with Minions the movie, a lolly scramble and light sabre giveaways, followed by two fireworks displays. The first is at 10:15pm, and the Big Bang display will be at midnight.

Admission: Free


Music, food trucks and a blast of fireworks will take place between 8pm and midnight at Whairepo Lagoon by Frank Kitts Park.

For the wee ones who can’t make it to midnight there’ll be a kid’s countdown at 9pm with some fireworks.

Admission: Free

Ignite Marlborough - Picton

Ignite Marlborough on the Picton foreshore is a family-friendly event with bouncy castles, food trucks and entertainers.

The event starts at 7pm, and a fireworks display will ring in the New Year.

Admission: Free


New Year's Eve at North Hagley Park

The night will kick off with family entertainment from 6pm with Mullet Man, free activities, fairies and a special kids countdown at 8pm.

Then the party continues with DJs and live bands including headline act The Jordan Luck Band who will rock you into the New Year with a midnight fireworks display.

Admission: Free


At the Queenstown lakefront at Earnslaw Park, families can welcome in the New Year with a line-up of live music across two stages and a fireworks display at midnight.

Admission: Free