How New Zealand rang in the new decade

New Zealand has kicked off the new decade with a bang, Auckland's Sky Tower fireworks being the first major display worldwide.

Other hotspots like Wellington, Tauranga and Queenstown also rang in the new year with style, and police commending partygoers for their well-behaved celebratory shenanigans. 

Aucklanders welcomed in 2020 with 453kg of fireworks blazing from the Sky Tower, dancing Harbour Bridge lights - and plenty of dancing among the Viaduct crowds. 

Yet many New Zealanders tried to escape the big cities, with Tauranga's Mt Maunganui proving a particularly popular spot.

Wellington hosted two different fireworks displays - the 9pm show at Wairepo Lagoon, as an ideal time for kids and tired parents, before a traditional display followed at midnight.

It was a quieter affair for police at Gisborne music festival Rhythm and Vines, with only five arrests made for assault and drug-related incidents.

At sister festival Rhythm and Alps down in Wanaka, the new decade brought a new style of punter, with Kiwis less keen on smoking and more keen on sustainability.

Party animals from around the country - and the world - chose Queenstown as the place to welcome in the new decade.

St John fielded around 1000 calls between 6am and 6pm, with one call every 30 seconds between midnight and 1am - yet they say it wasn't as busy as last year.

Emergency services say there were no significant issues at any New Year celebrations nationwide, with callouts and arrests mostly alcohol related. 

Watch the video to see Newshub's footage of Kiwis ringing in 2020 around the country.