New Year's Eve around New Zealand

Across New Zealand, Kiwis and holidaymakers toasted the end of 2017 and welcomed in the new year by partying into the early hours of the morning. 

Auckland's spectacular Sky Tower fireworks ushered in 2018 with a hiss and a bang.

Across the harbour at Northcote Point, American visitors Sean and Ashleigh joined a small group escaping the crowds, choosing to take in the view from the roof of their rental car. 

"We're having wine and cheese, and just on top of the car enjoying the views for the night," Sean told Newshub.

Wellington's waterfront was bustling, with a special 9pm countdown for the younger partiers and those wanting to start the new year feeling well-rested. 

But a good night's sleep was far from the minds of festival-goers at Cardrona Valley's sold out Rhythm & Alps festival. A 10,000-strong crowd continued partying long after the fireworks stopped.

On Queenstown's lakefront, a live band and DJ saw thousands dance away the final hours of 2017. Travellers flocked to the popular tourist spot to ring in the new year. 

Police kept a close watch over party-goers, and with just a few exceptions, most had the right idea. 

There were plenty of sensible new year's resolutions being made - one man told Newshub he would be happy with "just a girlfriend maybe".

For the free-spirited, a quick dip in Lake Wakatipu made for a chilly start to the year. Skinny dippers told Newshub they jumped in the water because they "didn't have a New Year's kiss".

Kiss or no kiss, nothing could put a dampener on seeing in 2018.


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